Japanese NTT has developed wearable textile electrodes which when worn inside of the short monitor your heart's parameters. These electrodes are fabricated using a type of a conductive fiber made up of silk or synthetic fiber core coated with a conductive polymer called PEDOT-PSS. The research team says that this new polymer has excellent biocompatability - and can pick up ECG measurement with the stability of conventional methods. The electrodes themselves do not need to be pasted to the skin using a gel or electrolyte paste.
These textile electrodes are even softer to touch and allow comfortable feeling. These polymers are flexible & breathable as well - allowing for long term monitoring of heart parameters without any burden to the wearer. NTT claims that they've conducted studies to ensure that there's no irritation or contact dermatitis after a long-term use.
The company now plans to take a step ahead and experiment the technology with about 100 wearers to ensure the safety and effectiveness. It's expected that wearable electronics will play an important role in the medical field - allowing reduction of risk of heart attacks and other irregularities. Check out the video with English captions to know more.