Wouldn’t you like it if the shirt you are wearing could monitor your health and activity throughout the day and alert you when you are stressed or when you need to exercise?
OMSignal, a Montreal based start-up, is developing ground breaking clothing technology, specifically a shirt worn under regular clothing, that allows for monitoring of heart rate, breathing, calories, activity and emotional state. The data obtained from sensors in the shirt that are pressed against the skin are sent to a computer or a mobile app where the user can view heart rate, calories burnt, exertion, stress and even mood. This novel technology can even alert a loved one about a potentially dangerous situation such as a heart attack.
OMSignal’s product stands out from the numerous biosensing smart products such as bracelets, watches and phones, as this clothing technology fits seamlessly into one’s daily life. The sensors in the shirt are placed just below the chest to collect the most accurate heart and breathing data. Further, the shirt and sensor are washable, after removing a small box that contains the electronic components that store data and communicate with the wearer’s smartphone. This smart clothing technology is truly revolutionary and future medical applications for such clothing technology are endless.
Gaurav Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. is a Senior R&D engineer at a Bay Area based medical device company. Gaurav has a strong passion for medical device innovation and is interested in disruptive medical technologies that not only solve an unmet clinical need, but also bring down the cost of healthcare. Gaurav closely follows medical device trends in emerging markets and is fascinated by simple and inexpensive solutions to major healthcare problems.
Gaurav earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University where he developed state of the art computational models of beating heart valves that can be used to design and test heart valve prosthetics. Gaurav was a Medtronic BioX Fellow at Stanford University.