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embedded sensors in clothing
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For $20 extra, every piece of clothing can have an embedded sensor package to help quantify and improve health.
3. Opportunity: Which pillar of well-being, and which aspect of that particular pillar, are being addressed by the idea? In what way does it influence a pillar? What type of individual and community would benefit from the idea?
Having realtime health data coming from clothing-embedded sensors will give people concrete information about their health and how it's changing. If someone knows that their resting heart rate is higher than it should be, they will be more motivated to improve it.

Some examples of things that it could track: air quality, body temperature, ambient temperature, heart rate, skin conductance, sweat chemistry, acoustics inside the body, tension, vasoconstriction.
4. Innovation: Why is your idea unique, novel, and/or impactful? What will the future look like if we’re successful in bringing your idea to life? How does the proposed solution differ from existing solutions addressing human well-being?
This is not being done yet, and when it's ubiquitous, it could have a major impact on the world. People knowing about what's happening in and around their body could motivate people to prioritize their health. Ultimately, it could improve public health by fusing sensor data and running it through machine learning models to predict (some) changes in health conditions that should be followed up on.
5. Action Plan: Please justify and briefly describe the major steps needed to make this idea a reality. Does the technology and understanding exist now? Is it likely to exist in the next 3-5 years?
The trends in edge computing are:
* chips are shrinking
* costs are decreasing
* power is decreasing

Many sensors are the size of a grain of rice, and have sleep modes that let them use very little power. Conductive threads are easy to get and feel just like regular thread. There is some hobbyist activity around sewable circuit boards like https://www.sparkfun.com/lilypad_products, but they're geared towards hobbyists and soldering guns and could probably be shrunken another order of magnitude.

To get there, there are a few technical hurdles to overcome:

* Power. Likely, you'll need a rechargable coin-cell battery somewhere on the piece of clothing. That can be wired to all the sensors (using conductive thread). Ideally, the thing could charge inductively on a pad that you have at your house.

* Preventing shorts. The conductive thread might need to be protected so it doesn't short if the cloth gets wet.

Once those problems are solved, then it's a matter of selecting the cheapest sensors. Tiny sensors like this can be as cheap as pennies.

Once the sensors are wired in, then you need to solve how to store and forward the data out of the piece of clothing. Likely, it would use Bluetooth LE.

After that, you have a lot of data and need to build a UI to display and analyze it.

Eventually, when there are millions of people using this, you would need machine learning models to make useful predictions using the data.

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