The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command office (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) have been working on a technologically advanced way to monitor a soldier's respiration and heart rate, activity, body posture and skin temperature--via their underwear.
Intelligent underoos? Well, so-to-speak.
They're calling the under armour “wear and forget physiological sensing system,” enabling data to be tabulated through the warfighters’ layers of clothing, and then relayed to a central system. And with acoustic sensors, the underpants could assess ballistic impact and thoracic sounds for trauma.
The device is currently in manufacturing development, and may soon be in use.
Civilian applications could include use during the training of professional athletes, monitoring the health of employees working in hazardous or industrial environments, telemedicine, civilian medical care and the exercise and health market/Sources: Fox News, Inhabitat and Ecouterre