Breathing sensors built into romper suits could protect against sudden crib deaths in the future.
A new breathing sensor system has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin. The system, which features a stretchable printed circuit board made of polyurethane, could be embedded in romper suits to help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The discreet circuit board fits to the contours of the body and could alert parents as soon as their child stops breathing. It can also be manufactured using routine industrial processes, meaning if it becomes available to buy it should be inexpensive. IZM scientist Manuel Seckel said:
The circuit board we have developed can be manufactured using routine industrial processes, meaning a high throughput and, consequently, good cost-efficiency. Furthermore, components can be positioned on it just as precisely as on a standard board thanks to the stability of the stretchable substrate during processing. This stands in contrast to textile-based electronics, where one can expect an offset of up to five millimeters over a half-meter area.