Ask any tech-minded individual to name the biggest industry trend right now, and you are sure to hear wearables more than a few times. Wearable tech is still uncharted territory, despite offerings from Samsung and the forthcoming Apple Watch. It’s a market predicted to be worth $7.1 billion this year.
So what’s worth wearing that could allegedly improve your life, health or perhaps save the world? They all promise something but here are a few to keep your eye—and the rest of your body—on.
If they say that clothes make the man, then this shirt can make a man better. OMsignal makes exercise shirts infused with sensors that measure breathing, heart rate and calories burned. The information is then transmitted to the cloud via your smartphone.
The shirts have conductive threads and made of moisturewicking, anti-microbial polyester and spandex. Activating the OMsignal system requires wearing a small clip-on device affixed to the shirt. The shirts are, thankfully, washable but keep them out of the dryer.
Developed by a Dallas-based tech company, the Spree SmartCap is a fitness device that tracks heart rate without the use of a cumbersome chest strap, monitors body temperature and movement along with a variety of additional metrics. It is easy to use and comfortable, becoming a natural extension of an athlete’s body.
The cap analyzes three variables in every fitness routine: body temperature, movement and heart rate. All collected data points are transmitted to a smartphone app. The results are charted in easy-to-interpret visual indicators so the wearer can see exactly when a performance goal has been achieved.
Sensoria Fitness Socks
Who thought there would be a day that would see high-tech socks? Alas, Sensoria socks are infused with textile sensors. Pair them with a Bluetooth detachable anklet and you can track your steps, speed, calories, altitude and distance.
Sure some smartwatches do this, but these socks also monitor cadence, foot landing technique and weight distribution on the foot as you walk and run. Long-distance runners might appreciate the help to identify injury-prone running styles (heel striking, ball striking, etc.), then leverage a mobile app to coach them in real-time via audio cues.