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Wearable Device Technologies

In 2014, Toray and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) developed hitoeTM, a biosensing fabric that can monitor biodata when worn.

The nanofiber knit fabric is coated with an electro-conductive polymer compound that collects faint biological signals from the human body. Clothing made from hitoeTM fabric enables continuous biosensing over extended periods of time including during exercise, while still being comfortable. The advantages of hitoeTM fabric make it useful for a number of applications including sports, occupational safety, medical situations, and nursing care.

In February 2017, Toray, Fujita Health University, NTT, and NTT Docomo, Inc. launched a joint pilot project to verify the effectiveness of a monitoring system for rehabilitating patients. The system is being tested for the effectiveness of and possibilities for using hitoeTM clothing to realize continuous monitoring of rehabilitating patients, by collecting quantitative patient data including heart rate, activity levels, and location data. The goal of the project is to confirm and validate the effectiveness of the system, with a view to developing a future system based on hitoeTM clothing.

The Toray Group expects to market services that take advantage of hitoeTM fabric after demonstrating its effectiveness.


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High Hopes for Wearable Technologies for Accurately Monitoring Heart Rate

In the field of rehabilitation, it is critical to monitor heart rate as an indication of the burden on patients and to gauge the effectiveness of rehabilitation. The clothing developed by Toray enables us to continuously monitor heart rate and activity levels, more easily than before. The heart-rate sensing ability of hitoeTM fabric supports broad applications for rehabilitation, such as teaching patients to stand and walk again. We expect that hitoeTM will help to improve the quality of rehabilitation as we further refine the safety and efficiency of our system.

Masahiko Mukaino Department of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University

Masahiko MukainoDepartment of Rehabilitation Medicine I, School of Medicine, Fujita Health University