Smart sensors that lets you talk to shirts

Smart sensors that lets you talk to shirts

Submitted by Rashmi on Thu, 2016-07-07 14:15 Washington: What if your shirt or trouser can detect moisture in the air and gauge the outside temperature or your new-born baby's diaper can alert you that it is time for you to change it?To make these thoughts a reality, scientists have developed a new technology called SansEC -- short for "without electrical connection”.It's a sensor that functions using electromagnetic vibrations in the air. For the sensor itself, there is no need to plug it in or use batteries.Susan Bernard, owner of Textile Technologies, and NASA team developed SansEC sensors which have the ability to detect a range of conditions, such as moisture.With various embroidery techniques and a multitude of fabrics, the sensors can be virtually added to existing materials, uniforms or weaved directly, creating a highly resonant sensor at a low cost with no additional weight, NASA said in a statement.Bernard and her small company in Perrysburg, Ohio, are incorporating SansEC sensors into textile products -- things made of cloth and paper.Textile Instruments has already made a prototype blanket."We're able to detect moisture, temperature and movement," Bernard said, "and we recently know how to interrogate the sensor to read heart rate. We're still very much in the R