Since the advent of coronavirus a few months ago, it has been difficult to get protective masks in pharmacies and online. The situation has calmed down a bit, but it seems that the masks will remain our companions for a good while. Even when we get back to our jobs, sit down for computers, or do anything else, we will probably still wear protective masks for some time.
However, because protective masks are not enough to prevent the spread of a new virus, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a special type of advanced sensor. The novelty can be incorporated or simply sewn into clothing, which will make sure that it automatically recognizes a person infected with the new coronavirus. These sensors are so lightweight and flexible that they can be fitted to any fabric, even the slimmest used in sportswear. In addition, they withstand washing easily and have a long-lasting use.
Dedicated sensors will, in practice, monitor key user vital signs such as breathing, heart rate and body temperature and transmit data directly to the smartphone. In this way, doctors will be able to monitor what is happening to the patient and identify those who may be newly infected with the new virus. Because the sensors in the shirts cover a large part of the body (the plan is also to include the sensors in the pants), doctors will also be able to monitor temperature changes in other parts of the user's body, which will even more easily help identify diseased users.
Scientists are working to begin incorporating these smart sensors into sportswear, hospital patient clothing, and even astronaut clothing to track their vital signs during space missions. They are currently focusing their efforts on developing prototypes of novelty. At the same time, they are already negotiating with a Chinese manufacturer that could produce such sensors in large numbers.