David Saint-Jacques explains how the Bio-Monitor sensible shirt retains an eye fixed on astronauts’ important indicators

published on July 3, 2020

Hello, I’m David Saint-Jacques, Canadian Space Agency astronaut

Welcome aboard the International Space Station!

The Station is an orbiting laboratory where we conduct hundreds of science experiments

and constantly test new technologies

Our research advances space exploration, helps astronauts, and improves life on Earth

For health experiments, we use many types of complex equipment,

like heart monitors and activity sensors

Sometimes they can be tricky to put on, interfere
with our movements and take up a lot of our time

Good news: the Canadian Space Agency is leading the way to simplify the process

The Bio-Monitor system is a one-stop-shop for tracking what’s going on with our bodies,

and it’s the only tool of its kind in space

And I’m the first one to test it!

The shirt has sensors that keep a close eye on our vital signs around the clock

They measure things like:

heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, skin temperature, physical activity,

even the amount of oxygen in our blood

All that data can be quickly sent back to scientists on Earth

And the benefits aren’t limited to space

Similar technology could eventually be used to monitor patients in remote communities,

or athletes, or workers in dangerous environments

The Bio-Monitor is a remarkable new Canadian technology

with an 80s twist

Bye bye!

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