Hexoskin, the world leader in biometric clothing for physical training, sleep tracking and general health monitoring, announced its new smart garment Astroskin, which is aimed at revolutionizing healthcare research on Earth and in Space.
The Astroskin system is based on the Bio-Monitor designed for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) to monitor the astronauts’ health in space on the International Space Station (ISS).
The CSA will have its Bio-Monitor available to all ISS participating countries to conduct space research for the next five years. It is scheduled to launch in space in November 2018 aboard SpaceX’s Dragon cargo vehicle from Florida.
The smart garments come in a wide variety of sizes for men and women. The garments, which can be machine-washed, include cutting edge blood pressure monitor, pulse oximetry, respiration, 3-lead ECG, skin temperature, and activity sensors for 48 hours of continuous real-time monitoring. The system also includes iOS apps for iPhones and iPads, data synchronization software, and a web dashboard.
Since launching in 2006, Hexoskin has been on a mission to develop sensors and health data infrastructure to generate clinical grade real-world evidence.
The smart shirt can also be worn during sleep and exercise. The system is designed to easily send information to the ground, where scientists can monitor the astronauts’ health around the clock as they orbit the planet.
“Astroskin is a perfect example of how our government works with small, innovative, Canadian businesses on space technologies that lead to commercial versions for use by Canadians,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada.
Astroskin consists of “smart shirt” and remote health monitoring software. The system will collect important scientific data on astronauts’ vital signs, sleep quality and activity levels during their missions. It will be tested by CSA Astronaut David Saint-Jacques during his six-month mission aboard the ISS in 2018-2019.
Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO and co-founder, Carré Technologies (Hexoskin) said:
“Our team is proud of the role we are playing to support human space travel. One day, thousands of space travelers bound for Mars will need simple reliable medical systems to ensure their health. Deploying our wearable sensors and software to the ISS is significant as this represents the ultimate remote patient monitoring scenario. The findings from tracking the health of astronauts will be used to make our healthcare system more accessible and support new home care and telemedicine services.”
The Astroskin system can now be ordered by Aerospace, Security & Defense, Academic, Pharmaceuticals and Health Research organizations for their projects.