Canada based Hexoskin is a leading provider of biometric feedback vests for both adults and children. The Hexoskin vest is used by both professional sports teams and fitness enthusiasts and it’s easy to understand why. The Bluetooth vest tracks a plethora of vital signs including heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing, VO2 max, stress, sleep and activity level.
2. AIQ Bioman
AIQ is a Taiwanese smart clothing company that has developed the Bioman shirt which tracks heart rate, respiration rate and skin temperature, and has the potential to be further customized to measure skin moisture and electrophysiological signals such as electrocardiogram (EKG), electroencephalography (EEG), or electromyography (EMG). The shirt is made from a conductive fabric sewn together from stainless steel yarns and with integrated Bluetooth connectivity sends the captured data to a smartphone for analysis.
3. Footfalls & Heartbeats
Footfalls & Heartbeats has developed a proprietary process for manufacturing smart fabrics that act as sensors. The New Zealand based company is in the process of developing partnerships to manufacture smartclothes in the fields of health, sports, rehabilitation, aged care, aerospace and automobile.
UK based SmartLife is a patented sensor design that can be integrated into any close-fitting clothes and enables rapid body data analysis by providing biofeedback on heart rate, respiratory rate and calories burned.
5. Mbody shorts
The Mbody shorts have been designed specifically with triathletes in mind and allow the wearer to track heart rate, cadence, speed and distance thanks to sensors woven in the shorts and an accompanying device that attaches to them. The Mbody is not a cheap piece of kit and retails at €770.00 ($835) so professionals or dedicated enthusiasts need only apply.
6. Diabetes Smartsox
Researchers at the University of Arizona have developed a pair of smart socks designed specifically for people with diabetes who often lose the sensation of pain and become unaware of developing foot ulcers. The Smartsox use fiber optics and sensors to monitor temperature, pressure and joint angles in the feet, and can alert the wearer or caregivers of any developing problems.
The OMSignal smart shirt has been designed with people who want to take their fitness to the next level in mind. The shirt has conductive fibers woven through it that transmit biometric signals to a small device attached. The biometric data points produced include steps, heart rate, breathing rate, calorie counter and activity. Unlike the similar Hexoskin shirt it doesn’t track heart rate variability, a metric associated with fatigue.
The Exmobaby is a smart garment designed especially for newborns and infants, and includes a range of sensors and specialized fabric which monitor a child’s vital signs such as ECG (electrocardiogram), temperature and movement while wirelessly sending the data to a bay station.
9. Ralph Lauren Tech Polo Shirt
In August 2014, Ralph Lauren announced the Polo Tech shirt, a joint collaboration with OMSignal, which is scheduled to be launched sometime this year. The Polo Tech shirt includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, and heartbeat monitor, and monitors stress levels, calories burned, respiration, heartbeat, and energy output.
10. Turn Signal Gloves
Smart clothing aren’t necessarily garments that provide biometric data and can be used in a variety of other ways too. One example bucking the trend is Zackees’ Turn Signal Glove designed for cyclists’ safety in mind. Developed by a Google engineer, the glove allows wearers to indicate their intended direction to other vehicles on the road. Simply extend the arm to the intended direction and the light on the glove will begin to flash which could potentially save lives.
11. The Smoozi D-Shirt
France based Cityzen Sciences has developed the Smoozi D-shirt, a biometric feedback shirt embedded with micro-sensors that track the wearer’s temperature, heart rate, speed, location, and acceleration. The company is also developing smart shorts for cyclists and is looking to develop similar products for other sports such as basketball and rugby according to Bustle.
Developed out of the University of Waterloo, Athos makes connected wearable workout clothing and is soon-to-be launching a smart shirt and a pair of smart shorts that collectively have 30 inbuilt sensors that track muscle exertion from the chest, shoulders, arms, back, quads, hamstrings and glutes, plus heart rate and breathing.
13. Victoria’s Secret Smart Bra
Victoria’s Secret has developed the Incredible sports bra for females who enjoy working out or playing sports which includes a heart rate monitor sensor to track exertion.