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Jabil Integrated Textile Heart Monitoring
Jabil Circuit, Inc. has introduced Peak+, a way of creating an integrated textile heart rate monitoring solution.
Jabil Circuit, Inc., an electronic product solutions company, and Clothing+, acquired by Jabil in June 2015, introduced Peak+™, an innovative smart garment reference design for building an integrated textile heart rate monitoring solution at the Wearable Tech Show USA in Santa Clara, Calif. Jabil and Clothing+ partnered with Suunto, a manufacturer of heart rate monitors; and Firstbeat, a provider of physiological analytics for sports, fitness and wellbeing.
"Building an integrated textile heart rate monitoring solution today requires very different competencies and capabilities, which often turn into a guessing game between multiple vendors trying to piece it all together," said John Dargan, Jabil senior vice president and CEO of Clothing+. "With Peak+™, we're offering customers in the fitness, fashion and healthcare markets a strong competitive advantage with a unique, custom solution that gives them easy entry into the high-growth wearables market."
"The textile-integrated biosensor market for medical/health/lifestyle applications is attracting a significant amount of attention while at the same time being laced with many intricacies," adds Dr. Harry Zervos, principal qnalyst, IDTechEx Inc. "The combination of Clothing+ and Jabil stand out in the field by offering a one-stop shop that lets companies move quickly from research to pilot, to mass production."
Long-time Technovelgy readers know where I'm going with this - straight to the heartshirt from Rudy Rucker's 1988 novel Wetware:
Della's first present was an imipolex sweatshirt called a heartshirt…The heartshirt was an even dark blue, except for a few staticky red spots drifting about.
"It can feel your heartbeat … look."
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