The creators of E-skin, Xenoma, a spin-off from the University of Tokyo, say they are the poineers and the first ones to develop the Printed Circuit Fabric or PCF technology. According to the developers, the printed circuit fabric or PCF is perfectly suitable to be used in sports, gaming, health and fitness tracking and monitoring for daily chores.
“We are monitoring the deformation of the shirt caused by body motion. And in here all the sensors’ data is transferred in here. In here we have a battery, micro-computer, motion sensor and Bluetooth. And the data is sent via Bluetooth to the PC and smart phone, and then we can know everything, anywhere, anyplace,”. Said the co-founder and CEO of Xenoma, Ichiro Amimori when he was asked to comment on the ground-braking release of E-skin.
Smart clothing has been worked on and modified by a number of companies in a short span of time, including luxury brand Ralph Lauren with its Polo Smartshirt. E-skin, however, packs in a lot more than regular sports wearables. The PCF technology integrates specially designed sensors to monitor temperature of user and the amount of oxygen in the blood, among other things.
Xenoma is now working on a similar outfit to monitor the health of infants.
“So now we’re having a project for monitoring babies. We’ll be monitoring the body temperature, motion and blood pulse. So parents can monitor everywhere, anytime with just having a smart phone,” Amimori, the CEO of Xenoma explained.
The E-skin for babies will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas next January.