We’ve seen dresses that tweet, vests that can sniff out pollutants, and bustiers that play music, but undies that text? Now that’s a first. But these electronic undies, which communicate over a wireless network, aren’t for “sexting” or anything remotely saucy. Rather, they alert nursing-home staff when their wearer becomes incontinent.
The SIMsystem (“SIM” stands for “Smart Incontinence Management”) allows nurses to respond to their charges without having to manually check their pads throughout the day, a task that can be disruptive and dehumanizing for the patient.
The SIMsystem allows nurses to respond to their charges without having to manually check their pads.
Developed by Simavita in Australia, the high-tech underpants comprise a disposable pad—equipped with a wetness sensor—that records the incontinence data and relays it to a central computer. As the incontinence event happens in real time, a text alert is transmitted through the care facility’s paging system.
Because less labor and fewer incontinence disposables are required, the technology is also a cost-saving measure. Plus, the wearer doesn’t have to worry about any rude zaps down under, since the SIMpants use very low power, as well as wireless technology that has been approved for body-worn products.
The SIMpants use very low power and a wireless technonology that has been approved for bodily use.
Now making their debut in aged-care homes across Australia, the SIMsystem is set to revolutionize eldercare. “Incontinence management is a key area in which innovative technologies can benefit aged care,” says Philippa Lewis, a chief executive at Simavita. “We developed SIMsystem to provide greater comfort and dignity to the elderly while aiming to significantly lower costs for aged-care facilities.”