Developed ‘Smart Fabric’ That Can Detect Diseases

Continuing their work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), scientists have succeeded in developing a smart fabric that follows the movements of the users and, after a certain period of time, begins to predict the movements of the wearer beforehand. This wonderful fabric can be used in the detection of diseases on the one hand, and on the other hand, it can be a great help for people who do sports.

The scientists first heated a special type of plastic yarn and then inserted it into a digital knitting machine. While the heated thread strengthened the seamless fabric, the digital knitting machine made this fabric usable with sensors. The experts, who synchronized the pressure sensors with the algorithm, were able to develop woven products such as smart shoes or smart sports mats at the end of the process.

Artificial intelligence assumed the action to be made 99 percent truth

The scientists, who followed the movements using the pressure sensors they placed on the smart fabric, instantly measured the pressure change during this tracking, and performed machine learning by sending these measurements to the algorithm, tested the artificial intelligence developed after a while. During the tests, the smart fabric was able to predict the movements of the person with 99 percent accuracy. According to Irmandy Wicaksono, the name at the beginning of the study, these works can quickly go into mass production and become a module of ordinary life.

Okay, but what good are smart shoes?

Scientists also made a statement about how to use the smart fabric they developed. According to the explanations made, the fabric that can be transformed into a random weaving work; It can be used while doing health, rehabilitation or sports. For example; In the step of teaching a person to walk again after an accident, measurements can be made with the sensors in these works. The measurement made can provide an understanding of whether the person is making progress or not.

Moreover; By measuring the pressure changes in the feet of diabetic patients, different diseases can be detected. In addition to all these, how compatible a prosthetic foot is with the body can be determined with these smart weaving artifacts. “You have the freedom to design your own creations and also integrate sensors into the structure. So you can shape it according to the shape of your body,” Wicaksono said. Then, he also explained how extensive the system actually is.