Researchers from Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Canada, are developing fabric chips that use wearable sensors to help collect medical data. Scientific data will be collected from sweat, blood, phlegm, environmental pollutants and other metrics, so researchers can look for chemical workers.
Fabric chips have proven to be effective as a way to analyze select chemicals already, and there are a growing number of potential uses. The fabric chip is made by encasing silk in brass, and then treating it with silver nanoparticles - and can track biomarker vibrations - opening the door to practical uses.
"We would like to be able to detect biomarkers of tuberculosis," said Christa Brosseau, associate professor chemistry at Saint Mary's University, in a statement to the CBC. "The idea is you could have a fabric chip built into a handkerchief and they could cough into this handkerchief and then it could be easily analyzed."