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The Monitor Dress is an experiment in researching different ways of digitalizing the wearer’s heart activity as well as processing the data.

Three electrodes inside the dress measure the electrical signals running through the wearer’s body. Those analog impulses, which emanate from the muscle activity of the heart, are converted to digital signals. The microcontroller then lights up a circle of LEDs in the front of the dress, flashing purple with every heartbeat. The microcontroller also sends the data over a wireless network for other uses. The data sent over the wireless network is picked up by a computer, which is monitoring the data in order to animate it. The electrical signals of the heart are now visible on the display as well as the dress itself.

The Monitor Dress creates a seamless interface between the human body, garment and electronic components – digitalizing and recording our transient biosignals.

Step 1: Design and Circuit Overview

The top piece of the dress is made of black and clear acrylic pieces - cut with an laser cutter. A NeoPixel ring is glued underneath the clear acrylic circle in the middle. The wires run behind the top piece to a fabric strip which is attached to the top piece at the back of the dress. The fabric strip connects to the little pocket which holds the microcontroller, heart rate monitor and battery. Three e-textile electrodes are sewn into the lining of the dress. The wires connecting the electrodes and microcontroller run between two layers of fabric.


<p>look like the arc reactor of iron man</p>
Very interesting concept, what did you set as your heart rate ranges? Or would you personalize it based on resting heart rate? <br><br>Awesome design! Best of luck in your contest, you have my vote. <br><br>Have a great day! :-)
<p>Thanks! We experimented with the photon and figured out the best ranges. You probably have to personalize it based on your heart rate (for the processing sketch).</p>
<p>Totally awesome, you've got my vote!</p><p>Prior to reading this I wasn't aware of the AD8232, it's a fascinating device - thanks for bringing it to my attention, the Heart Rate Monitor guide is a fascinating read. I'm going to order an AD8232 to start experimenting with, as well as some conductive fabric.</p><p>Congradulations on an excellent design, an dteh dress is stunning!</p>
<p>Thank you :)</p>
<p>This is insane! As a med student who is writing a test on ECGs in two days (what are the odds?) my mind is just running with the kind of possibilities this design holds! You have my awe and you have my vote! Keep up the great work!</p><p>In the case of using this for medical practice, there are still quite a few things that will have to be improved, but so far so good</p>
<p>Thanks Ulrich!</p>
<p>looks amazing !</p>
<p>awesome really i like it </p>
The potential of this is unlimited. For visual monitoring of at risk manual laborers, athletes, search &amp; rescue team personnel and disaster victims, to heart rate monitoring pads in Vetenarian examination rooms. I can't stop thinking of possibilities. <br><br>I'm not into dresses, but I predict this technology when perfected, will change the way many jobs will be performed. Kudos to you.
Very cool concept. And could be useful socially and medically.
wo amazing :0

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