A lot of people today have smart phones, but would you wear smart clothes? Like, a business suit that wicks away sweat or underwear that burns calories or a T-shirt that tracks changes in blood pressure? According to an article in today’s Wall Street Journal, smart clothes are coming and the research behind it is happening right here in the College of Textiles.
The quest for so-called smart clothes that react to changes in the body “is a fast-growing area of research” in the performance-fiber field, says Tushar Ghosh, a professor at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles. Professors and students there, in research funded by the National Science Foundation, are working on developing fabrics with sensors that can track changes in blood pressure, pulse rates, and other signs of stress, as well as signs that a wearer is falling down, Dr. Ghosh says.