A new form of intelligent clothing is in the works which is said to be able to measure heart and respiratory rates. These clothes are being called the new on-call doctors. One of the hopes is that people can be monitored 24/7 through their clothes, and not need to stay in a hospital. The data collected can provide a general overview of someones health.
This new high-tech clothing material is specifically targeting dedicated professions such as firefighters. Circuitex's next move is to incorporate temperature sensors in the clothes which could help prevent firefighters from overheating. Signals will be collected to monitor temperatures outside the fire suit along with heat levels close to the skin, letting firefighters know when it is time to leave.
While there are many benefits to be able to measure your own health, dangers come when people decide they can be doctors and self-diagnose. With easy internet access, it would be easy for someone to wrongly determine they have a condition. Circuitex has said that they are still a few years from putting this product on the market.
This country is sick and overweight. I think that any kind of technology that can help people focus on their health should be welcome. Often, people focus on workout 'trends' and sticking to workouts does not last. However, with this technology, it is less about focusing on the workout, and more about collection of data on your health. Anything that can encourage people to zero in on living a healthy life should be welcome.
Sources:  http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/07/tech/smart-clothes-track-your-health/index.html