Is that a sensor in your pants? Or are you just happy to see me?
My T-shirt tells me things.
My heart rate, for instance: 62 beats a minute. And my breathing: 17 breaths a minute.
Unless I drink too many cappuccinos or a deadline looms. Then my T-shirt tells me my that heart rate has jumped to the high 80s, my breathing to 22.
My T-shirt is connected to me and also to the Internet. So along with an iPhone app, it can remind me to take a breath, relax, chill.
Seriously. The T-shirt I’m wearing was made by OMsignal of Montreal. It has sensors that are supposed to pick up all sorts of data about me — the aforementioned vital signs, plus how many calories I burn and even how stressed I am.
OMsignal is a part of a new breed of young companies focusing on wearable technology. We’re not talking about Google Glass here. These are products made out of biometric materials, or smart textiles. And yes, these products are starting to hit the market. Their fans say they could represent the future of wearable computing.
T-shirts made by OMSignal has sensors that are supposed to pick up all sorts of things about the person wearing it, including heart rate and other vital signs. OMSignal T-shirts made by OMSignal has sensors that are supposed to pick up all sorts of things about the person wearing it, including heart rate and other vital signs. Lots of people wear fitness bands that can monitor their health. Whether those products deliver all they promise is questionable. But why wear a wristband when you’re already wearing [Continue reading…]
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