Shirt woven with metal could help medical implants communicate

Metal textiles woven into this shirt act as data channels

Xi Tian et al.

Medical implants could be made to communicate more easily thanks to a shirt woven with bands of metal textiles that act as data channels.

Some implants benefit from measurements taken elsewhere in the body, such as glucose monitoring sensors worn by people who are diabetic that trigger insulin pumps near the pancreas, but connecting them wirelessly is difficult. Signals transmitted inside the body are quickly absorbed and can’t travel far, while relay systems outside the body add more hardware that needs …

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