Astroskin: Canada's Smart Shirt for Space
What is Astroskin?
(Credit: Canadian Space Agency)
Astroskin is an autonomous medical monitoring system for astronauts, which consists of an intelligent garment for the upper body and a headband fitted with sensors, and associated software and technology that measure vital signs, sleep quality and activity level of the wearer. Developed for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) by Carré Technologies of Montreal, Québec, a future version of the current Astroskin prototype could monitor astronauts' health on board the International Space Station (ISS).
Applications for life on Earth
Carré Technologies used the knowledge gained from the Astroskin project to refine a version for professional and amateur athletes here on Earth. Known as the Hexoskin, the product is currently commercially available for sports performance, sleep, and health tracking.
Wearable biomedical diagnostics technology could eventually become a useful tool for patients on Earth—especially for those living in remote communities
with medical conditions requiring regular monitoring. The smart shirt collects data seamlessly and automatically, and is equipped with an alert feature that can process historical data to predict future trends, and send warnings immediately to a patient's doctor whenever medical parameters require attention.
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