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Washable heartbeat sensors can now be embroidered onto clothing

Seamlessly sewn sensors
fabric with glowing embroidery

Quandt et al

Embroidered fabric heartbeat sensor prior to being sewn into a hat.

Embroidery is usually used to adorn fabric with festive designs, but it can now be used to measure heart rates too.

In a new study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, researchers unveiled a fiber optic material that can be produced quickly and then woven, knit, or embroidered into existing fabrics, forming flexible, wearable

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