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From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: Re: Life Shirt and cryonics funding
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2000 17:39:31 -0000

I have reproduced below Eugene Leitl's message about Life Shirt which
appeared last December, ie about two and a half months ago.

I was in the process of writing an article rubbishing the daily costs
> It will originally cost US$250 including the computer handset, plus
> US$30 a day monitoring costs.
when as I was working through the arguments I realised that there would be
plenty of people quite happy with this. Then the business would make the
company so wealthy it could afford to reduce costs increasing the market
further and so on. In the end my article was upbeat, but bemoaned the fact
that LifeShirt shares were unavailable on public stock markets. But I soon
found that the manufacturing unit behind the operation, Non-Invasive
Monitoring Systems, was publicly quoted, and what is more was rock bottom
because of an auditor's caution to investors in their accounts. The stock
was then just 17 cents. Now (at the time of writing) it is $2. Of course it
could easily move again either way, but if the whole thing goes as I expect
it to, then this will still be very cheap from the standpoint of a few years

Now this mailing list comprises people who are very forward looking - they
have to be considering the subject matter. Although the life insurance
enthusiasts will groan, I think it is worthwhile for readers who know of
similar possible opportunities to mention them here. With Internet
stockbrokers it ought to be possible to invest very modest amounts in any
suggestion that looks good to a particular individual.

It should be possible to think small and grow big, and at this rate for just
the price of a year's life premiums raise enough money for a CI
cryopreservation fully paid. You can then go on to gift in family and
friends if you want to as your portfolio grows, or alternatively take out
some money and have fun. If you already have life insurance, think how much
fun you could have with the money if you didn't have to pay the premiums any
more. A few well placed investments could make this possible over the next
few years. As a group we have a sort of inside knowledge of the future.
Let's use it.

An apparently optimistic post on sci.nanotechnology suggests that second
generation assemblers will be around in 10 years time. If that really
happens, we could be in the last decade where the concept of money really
means anything, which could explain the extraordinary behaviour of the stock

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
my homepage links to Longevity Report, Fractal Report, my singles club for
people in Cornwall, music, Inventors' report, an autobio and various other
projects:       http://geocities.yahoo.com/longevityrpt

----- Original Message -----
From: CryoNet <>
To: <>
Sent: 18 December 1999 10:00
> Message #12958
> From: Eugene Leitl <>
> Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 21:07:34 -0800 (PST)
> Subject: MED: Computerised shirt could save lives
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/health/newsid_555000/555808.stm
> Thursday, 9 December, 1999, 02:46 GMT
> Computerised shirt could save lives
> A shirt which monitors people's health while they go about their daily
> lives could give doctors more chance of spotting danger signs in
> patients.
> The "lifeshirt" constantly records vital signs such as heart rate and
> breathing, passing the information to a hand-sized computer worn on
> the patient's belt.
> The information collected is then passed via the internet to a secure
> website where data analysers can forward it to the person's doctor,
> warning of any changes in condition.
> Manufacturers of the prototype shirt Lifeshirt.com, based in Ojai,
> California, say it can be worn while people are at work, playing sport
> or asleep.
> As a result, it can give a more accurate picture of people's health
> than recordings taken during brief visits to a doctor or at home.
> "We can look at what is going on when you are at work in a stressful
> situation rather than when you are sitting at home in a relaxed
> environment," said inventor Dr Marvin Sackner.
> The shirt, which contains six sensors positioned from the neck to the
> abdomen and weighs about the same as normal clothing, is due to go on
> general sale in September next year.
> It will originally cost US$250 including the computer handset, plus
> US$30 a day monitoring costs.
> Company president Paul Kennedy said: "The lifeshirt provides a movie
> of a patient's health that supplements the snapshot of a standard
> office exam.
> Accurate diagnosis
> "It gives physicians vital information to aid in accurate diagnosis
> for critical decisions and early preventive care."
> Andrew Behar, co-founder of Lifeshirt.com, added: "If you are on the
> golf course and you feel a bit breathless, you can pull out the
> handset. It is truly 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
> Its potential uses include post-operative monitoring, pain management
> and the avoidance of misdiagnoses. It can show up cases of sleep
> apnea, where people stop breathing many times during a night's sleep,
> which might otherwise be missed.
> It capitalises on equipment used for years in intensive care units
> that, with technological advances, can now be included in the fabric
> of the shirt.
> Dr Simon Fradd, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association's
> committee for GPs, said: "This is the way the future is likely to
> go. It isn't going to take 50 years - within 10 years we will have
> people who are at risk wearing these kind of things."
> But he warned stringent steps would have to be taken to ensure the
> security of information being passed via the internet and that patient
> confidentiality was not being breached.
> "We need to find a way of handling data to make sure it is safe," he
> said.
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