Our headline today may be a little bold but this statement was triggered by a press release from www.prnewswire.com
This press release is about UniFirst, one of North America’s largest workwear and textile services companies.
According to this release, 33 million people are wearing uniforms on the job and soon some 1.2 million people will begin wearing uniforms this year by joining the workforce.
The fabrics used in some uniforms today can whisk moisture away from the skin and repel staining. Other fabrics can destroy illness-bearing bacteria says Robert Isaacson, Director of Marketing for UniFirst.
“Proof of that can already be seen in a current trend to develop uniforms using wearable electronic fabrics that can keep tabs on a wearer’s vital signs and even dispense necessary first-aid medications,” Isaacson says.
We mainly focus in our postings on talk2myShirt about the use of Wearable Electronic technologies in fashion, clothing and sport but indeed, some of the underlying technologies can and will be shared across the whole spectrum of clothing including the professional work-wear, hospital clothing for medical monitoring purpose and last but not least, military uniforms.
Bio-sensors like the one used in the Numetrex Cardio Shirt to record the performance on runners can be used in safety work-wear like Firefighters or Rescue worker uniforms to alert of dangerous situations. But a bio-sensor could also be used to detect the excitement of a person (stress or relaxed) to trigger visual effects by changing the color of clothing or show mood-signs or whatever your fantasy will bring up.
In short, Wearable Electronic technologies can indeed help to improve the working conditions in many professions and in some cases may help to save the life of our emergency workers.