Sewn into Garments, Robot Fibers Monitor Your Breathing

See how "smart" clothing can help athletes and singers with their breath control. A robotic fiber from MIT senses its own deformation and uses that data to provide immediate health feedback to a wearer.

“We eventually were able to achieve both the sensing and the modes of actuation that we wanted in the textile, to record and replay the complex movements that we could capture from an expert singer’s physiology and transpose it to a nonsinger, a novice learner’s body," says Ozgun Kilic Afsar , visiting doctoral student and research affiliate at MIT.