Purdue High-Tech Horse Slicker Takes Aim at Market

As reported on InsideIndianaBusiness.com
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Combining the power of Purdue University engineers and veterinarians, a technology with “a very clear clinical need” is aiming to take a bite out of the electronic textile industry. Clothes that are embedded with electronic functions to monitor various health signals are becoming increasingly common, but this innovation gives the user the power of customization, says its creators. Take any garment off the shelf—for human or animal alike—choose which health signals you want to monitor, and the technology sprays the clothing with microscopic sensors to capture your desired data.

The Purdue innovators believe the technology has great commercial potential for humans and large animals, especially; they’ve initially selected horses to demonstrate its capabilities. There’s a particular sweet spot in the commercial market to monitor asthma in horses, says Dr. Chi Hwan Lee, the Leslie A. Geddes associate professor in Purdue’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.


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