March 9, 2016

Finnish technology gets smart about clothing

The wearable technology will assist surgeons if they become too warm during an operation. The clothing constantly calculates and adjusts how much the surgeon's body needs to be cooled.
The wearable technology will assist surgeons if they become too warm during an operation. The clothing constantly calculates and adjusts how much the surgeon's body needs to be cooled.
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Clothing can now automatically adjust itself according to the wearer’s needs, thanks to VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.

VTT’s Smart Clothing project has created technology for smart fabrics and clothing that can calculate whether the wearer needs to be cooled or warmed, based on initial data measured from the person and the environment.

The technology expands upon VTT’s Human Thermal Model calculation tool, which enables the calculation of a person’s individual thermal sensation from the prevailing conditions.

The wearable smart technology can be applied extensively even in demanding conditions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, and by different consumer groups including police officers, firemen, soldiers, outdoor workers, athletes and small babies.

The technology has already been tested in designing clothing for long-distance runners in different temperatures by Taiwan Textile Research Institute.

VTT is currently looking for companies to join in the development and productisation of the technology for the market.

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