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Through Myant's machinelearning-enabled platform
that allows textiles to sense
and monitor, react and provide
feedback, visibility vests
can adapt to environmental
conditions and road traffic
patterns. Photo: Myant Inc.

He adds that this device is currently for
investigative use only, is not available for
sale in any jurisdiction and is under presubmission of FDA.
The machine-learning algorithms can
also suggest lifestyle changes to optimize
health, wellness or performance, says Fung.
There's also the potential of future updates
allowing users to subscribe to additional
services such as continuous atrial fibrillation
detection, slip and fall detection, fertility
tracking and driver fatigue monitoring.
Myant's textile-based biometric
sensing work involves four core categories:
electrophysiology, biomechanics,
haemodynamics and biochemical sensing.
A partial list of the sensing modalities
includes ECG (electrocardiogram), EMG
(electromyography) and sodium-level
sensing in sweat and more.
"Our team has also developed a number
of ways to react to the human body as well,
including-but not limited to-the delivery
of heat, electrical stimulation, haptics,

electroluminescence and more," Fung says.
"Demonstrating the ability to sense and
react through the same textile is exciting,
as it turns the textile into a noninvasive
bidirectional communication interface to
the human body."
Myant is also involved in functional
electrical stimulation (FES) delivered
through textiles, partnering with the
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and other
academic partners outside of Canada, to
demonstrate a textile sleeve that can
be worn by someone with a spinal cord
injury or who may have lost mobility
because of a stroke. The sleeve would
deliver electrical stimulation to restore
some hand movement.
"The long-range vision for this type of
technology would be something like a suit
that can be put on and taken off, enabling
someone with a spinal cord injury to walk
again," Fung says.
Pamela Mills-Senn is a writer based
in Long Beach, Calif.

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