Sensor-based tech enables smart bed sheets
According to Vacas Jacques, the device can be integrated into sheets and bedspreads to measure the sleep cycles of a person. In particular he says, "the technology would be aimed at people who suffer from depression and are under medical treatment, because it will be an effective tool to know how many hours of sleep the patient is getting."
Since the device is embedded in the bedding, it is noninvasive and doesn’t rely on a patient being told to use it. In use, the card’s RF module sends monitored data wirelessly back to a doctor or specialist.
Vacas Jacques, who is a specialist in infrared physics from Mexico’s Innovation Park De La Salle in Guanajuato, and who worked at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), invites other developers to find other applications for his device. He believes it has potential in many areas, including health, fitness and sports.