Smart clothing is becoming fairly common place.
Most of the smart clothing currently available are garments equipped with strategically placed sensors, all communicating to one common brain, then sync’d with your mobile phone.
This announcement comes out of Tokyo, that takes the concept of smart clothing one step further.
Two Japanese firms have developed an intelligent undershirt that can be connected to a smartphone and provide data on the health of the person wearing it, the media reported on Monday.
The shirt has an ultra-fine and flexible sensor (which can be removed before the shirt is washed) that can monitor posture, heart rate, and calories consumed and burned, spokesperson of the tech firm NEC, which has developed the shirt in collaboration with Gunze Ltd., told EFE news.
Data is collected through the electrically conductive fiber of the shirt and is wirelessly transmitted to a smartphone, where the user can view the information using a specific app. The idea is for the app to provide, based on the information collected, suggestions on improving health or workout performance to the users.
I don’t know about you, but the idea of wearable conductive fibers, sounds pretty darn interesting.
Smart Undershirt Prototype
I’ve tried some of these smart shirt “wearables” so far, and they just don’t seem very compelling from a wear-all-day point of view. Mostly because the “brains” while small, aren’t comfortable or practical enough to wear all day.
The size and position of the brain in the smart undershirt above still may not be discreet enough to wear it under typical clothing, but it’s just an initial prototype. It’s very possible this technology will get much smaller by the time it’s ready for market.
We won’t see much more about this technology until later this year, but I heard Gunze Ltd. may be collaborating with a U.S. brand to bring the smart undershirts to the market here.
Stay tuned for more info.
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