Photonic textiles are a perfect fit – a glove incorporating plastic optical fibre

A glove incorporating plastic optical fibre is ideal for autonomously monitoring vital health statistics such as blood oxygenation.

Researchers in Switzerland have published a proof-of-principle study demonstrating that plastic optical fibres (POFs) can be woven or sewn into textiles to create wearable health-monitoring devices. The team created a pulse oximeter in the form of a glove, where POFs were integrated into the fabric. (Optics Express 16 12973)

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~ by vascoteixeira on September 9, 2008.

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