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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

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A dog wearing the new sensor.

Imperial College London researchers have created a wearable health-tracking sensor that may be used by people and pets.

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Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel, or fur.

The sensor is fabricated from a silicone-water composite and has a microphone to pick up sound waves; it is sufficiently flexible to mold to the contours of fur, clothing, or body parts and squeeze out sound-dampening air bubbles.

The sensor converts sound to a digital signal that is sent to a nearby portable computer, so people can track an animal’s (or person’s) vital signs in real time.

The technology could potentially help owners monitor their pets' health, allow veterinarians to monitor animals during surgery, or track people’s health without requiring direct contact with their skin.

From Imperial College London
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