Vital Jacket is currently available in two versions: HWM100 stores data on a SD memory card for viewing and analysis on a computer and allows for long term monitoring. Users can input heart rate limits and be alerted through a vibration alarm embedded in the T-Shirt when the set limits are exceeded. The second version, HWM200, allows signals to be sent directly to a PDA or cell phone. BioDevices plans further refinement to the wearable heart monitor so that medical professionals can receive live data about their patients’ health 24 hours a day using a wireless LAN.
The Vital Jacket system has been successfully tested with 300 patients in the hospital of San Sebastian in S.M. Feira, Aveiro, and the design appears to be functional for wear by fitness enthusiasts who are also concerned about fashion. While the Vital Jacket is not yet available for sale, it has been reported that it is in pre-order for €399 / $635.44.
TFOT has covered several stories in the past about bio-sensors integrated into clothing, including a Doctor in Your Pocket, and smart fabrics that monitor physiological signs. TFOT has also covered a story on Killer Kevlar, special fabrics that can kill a wide range of infectious agents, and potentially add a new level of protection against bio-threats.