NASA has recently announced that astronauts might be outfitted with a new type of bio-monitoring device called Astroskin. If successful, the device will replace bulkier pieces of wired bio-monitor devices, and free up vital space.
The new device, dubbed Astroskin, is actually a shirt designed to accommodate multiple bio-monitoring sensors. According to Carre Technologies, the company from Quebec which developed the revolutionary device, Astroskin is unlike anything seen so far regarding bio-monitoring devices.
Astroskin is wire-free, which means that the astronauts will not have to worry about getting tangled in lots of cables when performing their experiments. The company declared that the need for wireless bio-monitoring devices is not something new under the sun.
The complexity of the experiments run on board the International Space Station calls for heightened mobility. Unfortunately, many of the equipment used today on the ISS to monitor things like blood pressure, skin temperature, and oxygen saturation is voluminous and limits the movement of the astronaut.
In addition, the reading taken using traditional wired bio-sensors is limited, meaning that the device can only measure these biological parameters when they are in close contact with the skin. And since you can’t have an astronaut plugged in all the time, the need for a wireless solution is stronger than ever.
That’s were Astroskin comes in. According to the company which produced the revolutionary bio-monitoring device, Astroskin is completely non-invasive, and it allows the ground control team to keep an eye on the astronaut’s vital signs without the need to plug them all the time to the bulkier machines.
Astroskin can be adjusted to monitor various body and environment parameters, such as lighting, muscle strain, and can be further tuned sniff out pockets of gas or radiation.
The first person to try out the revolutionary bio-monitoring device is Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques, during the 2018-2019 58/59 crew space Expedition.
At the moment, the device is still tested in space-like conditions, but according to the company the results are more than promising. Astroskin can relay complex biological information even in space conditions, like vacuum or radiation.
Astroskin is probably the future of bio-monitoring sensors. It’s compact, light, and its readings are very accurate. Although it works on the same principle as other portable bio-monitoring sensors such as Fitbit, Astroskin was built to operate in hazardous environments.
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