Researchers Design First-of-its-Kind Wearable Device That Can Monitor Animals’ Health Through Their Fur

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Researchers from Imperial College London have invented a first-of-its-kind health tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through fur or clothing. The new type of sensor, which can detect vital signs like heart and breathing rates through fur—and as many as four layers of clothing—could help make everyday wearables for pets and livestock a reality. Such devices could help owners keep track of their pets’ health, and help vets monitor animals during surgery without the need for shaving. They could even help improve the work of sniffer dogs used to detect bombs and missing persons.