Sensor-filled shirt can tell your iPhone how fit you are

Sensor-filled shirt can tell your iPhone how fit you are

The iWatch may be set to mark Apple’s debut into health and fitness tracking, but one company is taking the concept of wearables a step further.

The forthcoming $199 OMsignal shirt promises to be the gym wear of the future — featuring a ton of health sensors sewn into its fabric, which constantly monitor the condition of the wearer. Sensors are capable of tracking heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement (including steps and cadence), movement intensity, heart rate variability, and calories burned.

“The data is sent via Bluetooth to a specially developed iPhone app, which lets you see all of it in real time,” says Dr. Jesse Slade Shantz, the firm’s Chief Medical Officer. “Your iPhone beams the data up to the cloud, and algorithms we’ve developed then push back various metrics — showing you information about your breathing during workouts, and information like that.”

The suit’s not just for use during workouts, however. OMsignal is also promising that it can do a good job of tracking your fitness data at the office — with four different shirt styles (including under-shirt, sleeveless shirt, casual T-shirt and long-sleeved shirt) to suit every occasion.

On the subject of whether Apple has shown any interest in the company or its wearables,  the good doctor plays coy.

“We’ve definitely had interest from both tech companies and also fashion companies,” he says. “I can’t talk about Apple, or give you any specifics though.”

As for the immediate future?  “The shirt is available for pre-order now, with delivery coming later this summer,” he says. “The textile part of the shirt is done, but we’re just perfecting the hardware. We want to make sure the people who trust us with their pre-orders get an experience which is every bit as good as they hope.”

  • bigcityguy

    So can the little tag at the back of the neck :)

    • Luke Dormehl

      Superb.

  • mrweid

    Is it washable?

    • Andy Shorrock

      My thoughts exactly – if not… Phew! No thanks.

      • OMsignal

        Hi Andy,

        It is indeed machine-washable.

  • mrweid

    Don’t waste your money it if u can’t wash it like a shirt.

    • OMsignal

      Hi,

      It is machine-washable!

  • GadgetCanada1

    “We’ve definitely had interest from both tech companies and also fashion companies,” he says. “I can’t talk about Apple, or give you any specifics though.”

    How to increase stock value and influence people. Well played

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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