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Your Clothing Cares: wearable computing

If you thought sporting a cell phone wireless earpiece was geeky, just wait. The next must have accessories may be designer clothes woven with electroconductive equipment and IT.

In an article in the UK’s Financial Times, Robin Manning futurologist at BT’s Adastral Park in the UK suggests the close contact of clothes with the body makes them ideal for monitoring our metabolism. Nor need it stop there. External chips in clothes could converse with surgically implanted internal ones.

In another application, a vest fitted with blinking red LEDs can help zap-while-you-scan therapies to target accurately. New Scientist describes how live images of tumours and internal organs are helping surgeons to achieve unprecedented precision.

Surgeons target tumours with an accuracy of less that a millimetre using real-time MRI and CT scanning, which compares with about one centimetre when using pre-operative scans.

Surgeons zap malignancies with conventional X-rays or high-intensity ultrasound. Ultrasound beams 10,000 times more potent than those used in pregnancy scans can heat tissue to 55 degrees Celsius, causing cellular protein to denature and malignant tissue to die.

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