Scientists develop suit that performs real-time health checkups


A group of Chinese scientists have developed an intellectual suit that is fitted with large-area textile sensors that can detect temperature, pH levels, pressure, and other indicators of a person's health status.

At the third International Conference on Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in Beijing, Wang Zhonglin, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, introduced the invention, reports Xinhua news agency. The suit, via wireless transmission, can send signals to a cellphone, a computer, or even to a doctor's computer 1,000 miles away, so a person's health can be monitored anytime and anywhere, said Wang.

The conference, organised by the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, is one of the most influential in the field of nanoscience and energy. This year it focused on topics such as nanogenerators, self-powered sensors and systems, piezotronics, piezophototronics, energy storage, and self-charging power systems. Over 700 scientists from more than 30 countries were in attendance.

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Wang also mentioned 'nano tattoos'. These stickers on the arm, which can be shaped as patterns much like tattoos, will be able to administer drugs into a patient's veins, providing a private and painless way of injection for diabetics.

Scientists have made prototypes of all these gadgets at the institute's technopark. They are expected to hit the market in two to three years, said Wang.

In India specifically, healthcare startups like PractoPortea MedicalMedGenomeLybrate, and Medwell Ventures have already made a mark in the online healthcare industry. Apart from the above, emerging startups like eKincareMedibox TechnologiesMedikabazaarMedical Unique IdentityThrymr, and Navia Life Care are exploring online healthcare as well.

With inputs from IANS.

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