Wearable technology is one of the fastest developing fields in the last few years, with watches, headsets, and even contact lenses able to read vitals and relay them back to our phones. Now, even the clothes on our backs can give us accurate and important information on our current health. Japanese mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo and chemical company Toray are collaborating on a new set of health-m0nitoring clothes, called Hitoe (meaning “one layer”).
The Hitoe collection includes pieces with three sensors built into the cloth, which itself has nanofibers coated in conductive resin to transmit signals sensitive enough to pick up necessary medical data. The pieces are durable enough to be washed and are lightweight enough so that the sensors are not entirely noticeable. The line comes in sports wear, casual accessories, and sleepwear.
The information from the sensors would be sent to a mobile application, like NTT DoCoMo’s own i Bodymo, only currently available in Japan. The mobile company has been at the forefront of digital health, setting up DoCoMo Healthcare in 2012 with the mission to provide healthcare support services for managing health data. There is no news as to when these clothes would be available for public consumption but the announcement may inspire other brands to follow in these companies’ footsteps.