London: It could be the smartest shirt on the planet. Packed with sensors, the new OMsignal shirt has health
sensors sewn into its fabric to constantly monitor the wearer.
It can track heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement (including steps and cadence), movement intensity, heart rate variability and calories burned.
Data is stored on a small ‘black box’ and sent to an app so the user can instantly see their performance.
“We’ve been wearing clothing all our lives,” said Stephane Marceau, CEO and co-founder of OMsignal. “It’s the most natural and therefore the ultimate ‘wearable’ medium. Clothing has always been about protection and fashion, but it will now also help motivate us to better ourselves every day. You would never drive a car without a speedometer, RPM or a fuel gauge, right? Well, with OM, you now get a dashboard to better steer your life, to increase your self-mastery, to push your fitness performance, and live a healthier lifestyle.”
The firm says the shirt is not just for workouts, but can even track your day at the office. The shirts will come in four different male styles including an under-shirt, sleeveless shirt, casual T-shirt and long-sleeved shirt, designed to be worn by itself at the gym or under everyday clothing.
The firm also claims it will help serious athletes train more effectively.
How it works
>> The shirt can track biometric data and vital signs including heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement (including steps and cadence), movement intensity, heart rate variability and calories burned
>> The sensors are knitted close to the heart to capture an electrocardiogram (ECG) reading, which deliver heart rate (BPM) and heart rate variability (HRV)
>> Additional sensors on the chest measure respiration rate and balance as well as track activity levels through an accelerometer
>> Information is immediately relayed from the shirt to a ‘black box’ controller