ZTE, together with partners, has unveiled a smart t-shirt connected by 5G at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2021 in Barcelona. The intelligent garment acts like a wearable device that uses polymer sensors embedded into the fabric.
Made of washable materials without metal components, it can be worn like a normal t-shirt but is designed to monitor vital signs such as heartbeat, respiration, sweating, muscular effort and body temperature.
Made in Italy, it is fitted with a smart tag provided by ZTE that allows collected data to be transmitted through a 5G network to health centres and users’ smartphone.
“It is an invention that will change the life and quality of home and remote health care for many citizens with health problems and vulnerable people suffering from chronic diseases,” said Francesco Rocca, the president of the Italian Red Cross and president of the International Federation of the Red Cross.
He added: “We have been working on the project since 2018. To be able to present the results of this experimentation, born in the most difficult moment of the Covid emergency, allows us to think with pride in the progress made so far and to look to the future with the hope and certainty of having given demonstration of the commitment, ability and dedication of the Red Cross network, in the use and in the diffusion of new technologies at the service of the person and society “.
The smart t-shirt is developed by the AccYouRate Group with partners such as ZTE, Let’s Web-earable Solutions (creator of the smart t-shirt sensor) and BSP-Medical (Israeli company in charge of predictive algorithms for cardiovascular disorders).
It is an integral part of YouCare, a new remote health monitoring service, which is expected to be trialled next fall at ZTE’s 5G Research and Innovation Center at L’Aquila in Italy, according to Hu Kun, CEO of ZTE Italia and president of ZTE in Western Europe.
“Right from the start, we believed and invested in what seemed to us a totally revolutionary, and which today is a concrete reality, just certified as a Medical Device, and which has been enriched with the predictive algorithms of cardiovascular disorders of BSP-Medical, an Israeli company, world leader in the field of Medical Data Science” said Umberto Sgambati, CEO of the Proger spa Group, which has Start-Up Let’s Web-earable Solutions under its wing.