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Toronto - Textile computing specialist Myant Inc., which offers a high-tech partnership with German flat knitting machine builder Stoll, has reached a 'critical milestone' after its Skiin underwear was cleared by Health Canada for sale as a medical device.

Textile computing involves the integration of electronics within textiles, creating new ways for people to interface with the digital world. The Skiin Textile Computing platform integrates innovative sensor and actuator technology into fabrics, including, smart garments that delivers continuous, blood pressure monitoring in comfortable and machine-washable knitted polo shirts.

In addition, the company has been developing Skiin Smart Underwear for heart health detection (with ECG, HRV, activity, sleep and temperature monitoring) with other additions to the Skiin platform including slip and fall detection, driver fatigue, ovulation and a suite of chemical sensing markers.

Achieving medical clearance for its latest developments has been on the firm’s radar if it was to impact the broader health sector. Now, the firm’s smart underwear has achieved just that.

“With this Class II device designation, we’re one step closer to revolutionising our current healthcare system and better serving our most vulnerable and marginalized communities, especially our ageing population,” CEO Tony Chahine said.

The firm’s smart underwear – which integrate sensors that connect to external monitoring devices such as phones – can continuously assess the wearer’s posture, steps, heart rate, core temperature and respiration rate, to ensure their state doesn’t deteriorate when in care.

“Today’s healthcare system relies on events and episodic data, patient self-reporting, and disjointed support from a patient’s care circle. Moreover, factors like location and cognitive and physical function are deterrents to a patient receiving the best possible healthcare,” Chahine noted.

“We believe that without holistic and continuously connected care, our ageing population will continue to be underserved and at risk of lower efficacy in medication and rehabilitation program adherence.”

“We believe that technology alone does not have the capability to heal; it is only by harnessing the power of connectedness that we find more effective modalities for treatment, recovery, and empowerment,” the Myant boss added.

“I’d like to thank the members of our incredible, multidisciplinary team for all of their hard work with this clearance. We’re excited to be strengthening the fabric of society—together.”

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