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Next-Gen Wearables: UMass Amherst Scientists Develop Smart Fabrics for Health Care

WGBY Connecting Point: The next generation of wearable activity sensors may not be strap-on devices like Fit Bits or Apple Watches, but rather smart fabric. The smart threads or fabric patches would be sewn into clothing and offer instant, continuous monitoring of body movement. The smart fabric technology being developed at the UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences, could help doctors assess medical conditions. Connecting Point’s Jenna Berkowitz visited the lab to get a look at how this technology could impact us in the very near future. Links: WELab. Trisha Andrew. Center for Personalized Health Monitoring.