Tech Talk: Smart Wear Innovations For A ‘Slumbering’ Market
It was only a matter of time before smart apparel found its way to sleepwear. Many consumers are already wearing their smart accessories ’round the clock, like their Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Fitbit Versa or smart jewelry that provide any number of functions, from monitoring stress to tracking steps. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts, according to Market Watch, will soon add pajamas to the list of smart wear and accessories.
The smart pajamas, or “phyjamas,” as the researchers refer to them, are made using physiological-sensitive textiles—sensors knit or sewn into the medium weave, metallized cotton fabric—to monitor heart rate and respiratory rhythm during sleep, as well as sleep position. The researchers’ goal is not to generate a consumer product, per se, but to provide relief to people who suffer from sleep disorders, like sleep apnea, which can’t be tracked using a wristwatch. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, more than 50 million Americans suffer from more than 80 sleep disorders, and 25 million, or one in five, suffer from sleep apnea. The phyjamas will also provide researchers with data on the sleeping patterns and behaviors of large populations to learn more about sleep-related conditions.
Danielle Renda is associate editor of PPB.