Sensor shirt enables camera-free motion capture
Written by tokyoclub on April 19, 2021
A shirt packed with sensors allows you to study your golf swing, detect health problems and even pla
A shirt packed with sensors allows you to study your golf swing, detect health problems and even play beat ’em up video games in the virtual world.
Xenoma Inc., an entrepreneurial spinoff from the University of Tokyo, developed the special shirt with sensors that can monitor the user’s body movements without using cameras and send the data to smartphones and other devices.
Most conventional technologies to analyze body motions use cameras to detect movements of sensors set up on people’s bodies.
A total of 14 sensors to monitor changes in its shape, along with electric circuits made of electrically conductive fibers and ink, are embedded in the surface of the newly developed shirt so it can detect body movements without resorting to cameras.
“The garment is as comfortable as other ordinary shirts,” said Ichiro Amimori, CEO of Xenoma. “In the future, I want to create clothing that can detect signs of diseases by using sensors to monitor heart activity and blood glucose levels.”
The developed shirt is available for corporate customers.