3 Things We’re Reading: IndyCar Racer Tony Kanaan Uses Smart Shirt to Monitor Health

Tony Kanaan


Every day Dallas Innovates staffers scour websites looking for the most interesting, important, and unusual stories about innovation and creativity. Here are three we thought you’d like:

Tony Kanaan

Photo Courtesy NTT Data

IndyCar racer Tony Kanaan has a trick up his sleeve for Saturday’s Firestone 600 race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. He will be racing in a smart shirt called Hitoe, which is produced by NTT Data, a Japanese information technology company with U.S. headquarters in Plano, and Toray Industries. The shirt material acts as a sensor, allowing Kanaan to monitor his heart rate and breathing during the race. NTT Data is developing a line of athletic products and medical garments that use early detection to promote good health, according to The Dallas Morning News. (Photo Courtesy of the Verizon Indy Car Series)

TCU and UNT Health Science Center are partnering to educate future doctors with a 21st-century approach. The dean of the new doctor of medicine school in Fort Worth will be Dr. Stuart D. Flynn, founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. How will the curriculum be different from a traditional medical school? Flynn said medical education should be all about the patient, so the new school will engage students with patients all four years of their training. In an age where everyone can check their diagnosis online, Flynn said they must be visionary in their approach to technology. Read the full Q&A here.

5G is coming, and Dallas-based AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) revealed how the company is growing its network at the Telecommunications Industry Association Network of the Future Conference in Dallas on Tuesday. John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president of AT&T Technology and Operations, said 2016 is a critical year as the company transitions to a software-define network. AT&T has two innovation centers in Plano, and opened its sixth center Tuesday in Houston. D CEO has more here.

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