The Full-Body Suit That Will Tell Paralympians When They're Hurt

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
June 20 2014 12:02 PM

The Full-Body Suit That Will Tell Paralympians When They're Hurt

screen_shot_20140619_at_5.47.02_pm

One of the more problematic issues for Paralympic athletes—aka the most impressive human beings on the planet—is recognizing an injury to parts of the body where they have lost all sensation. A compound fracture or a deep bruise is one thing, but serious, internal injuries? They're almost impossible to diagnose without the close inspection of a doctor. That failure to realize when seriously injured can extend rehab processes and take athletes out of their respective sports for longer than necessary—it can also be extraordinarily dangerous.

Enter four students from the Imperial College of London, whose innovative "bruise suit" could be a game changer for Paralympic sports as a whole.

Advertisement

According to Wired UK, the Spandex-like suit is filled with type of film developed by Fuji that is pressure-sensitive, and changes color based on the strength of compressions. So, basically—and hypothetically— the more severe an injury, the darker the film gets. The pattern of the color shift in the film is also taken into account, as that differentiation can, apparently, help trainers and doctors determine the specific type of injury, in addition to the severity of the hit.

The suit is still in the concept phase, but with any luck—and after further testing—it will eventually hang in Paralympic lockers around the world. Watch the video above for a demonstration of all that the bruise suit might have to offer the most fearless of competitors.

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate Video blogger.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories on the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
The Vault
Oct. 21 2014 2:23 PM A Data-Packed Map of American Immigration in 1903
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Behind the Scenes
Oct. 21 2014 1:02 PM Where Are Slate Plus Members From? This Weird Cartogram Explains. A weird-looking cartogram of Slate Plus memberships by state.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 21 2014 11:44 PM Driving in Circles The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.
  Health & Science
Climate Desk
Oct. 21 2014 11:53 AM Taking Research for Granted Texas Republican Lamar Smith continues his crusade against independence in science.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.