Body Monitoring

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Epilepsy Vest

Two students from Loughborough Grammar School who have designed a vest that can warn of an impending epileptic attack. 


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Sowsense coat

The Sowsense Coat was a runner up for New Zealand in the James Dyson Award 2018 and it’s a great example of the use of programmable control in a functional textiles product for animals. Georgia Fulton who designed the product has several pigs as a child which sparked an interest in issues related to pig farming, one of which is that sows usually flop onto their sides to feed their young, trapping their young underneath them without realising. The Sowsense Coat has pressure sensors that are activated by a tilt sensor in the coat when the sow rolls onto her side and which are coded to recognise the pressure and thermal signs that a piglet is trapped. If a piglet is detected, an ear tag alarm lets out a high-pitched noise startling the sow making her get off the piglet. The noise repeats and intensifies 3 times if the sow doesn’t respond and then an alert is sent to the farmer who can use an app to track, record and predict herd behaviour. Over time the sow learns to associate the alarm with a piglet which trains her to more aware of where her babies are.

The Siren Sock & Foot Monitoring System 

A practical application of e-textiles for diabetics - the Siren Sock & Foot Monitoring System continuously tracks foot temperature at 6 key points, sending the information by Bluetooth to the wearer’s doctor. This enables early identification of problems helping to reduce ulcers by up to 72%, which if not identified early could lead to infection, gangrene and amputation. The socks use tiny thermistor sensors less than a millimetre long which can’t be seen or felt and which are embedded into the yarns. Thermistors are input sensors specifically named in the Edexcel and Eduqas D&T specs (AQA also list temperature sensors as an input sensor and this would usually be a thermistor). This is a great example of this learning within a textiles context. 

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