Smart clothes are the future. Something that covers your body is in a much better position to monitor your vitals than a fitness tracker or smartwatch. Plus these are items you would have worn anyway, only smarter.
The industry, however, is still in its infancy. There are hardly any big names in this space so it’s up to the smaller companies to push the market forward. One such outfit is QUS Sports. The Austria-based company is currently preparing for serial production a washable smart textile that provides body data capturing.
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It comes in the form of a shirt and a bra. The textile sensors integrated in the garment record a plethora of stats. This includes heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate, calorie consumption, geo-data, acceleration, g-force, sleep and regeneration. Best of all, the data is gathered without a need for a chest strap or connected phone.
The combination of respiration and pulse measurements opens up endless possibilities for understanding your training regardless of the sport or activity. Together, they allow measurements of lactate turn points, breath rate efficiency, and aerobic and anaerobic optimization. Plus the data is captured directly on the body, which means it’s highly accurate.
The shirt contains novel sensor technology that consists of washable textile fibers which can withstand more than 100 washing cycles. The only clue this is anything more than a stylish garment is the On-Board-Unit which slots in the back. This is the bit that houses the GPS, accelerometer/gyrometer and allows for data exchange and transmission to the cloud or application.
The garments may be of particular interest to individuals who trains seriously, a semi-professional/professional athlete or teams. With 6 days to go the Kickstarter project is comfortably above its funding goal. If all goes well, backers can expect to start wearing their smart shirts and bras in April.
Price: $198 and up
$51,338 raised out of $28,464 goal
6 days to go
Estimated delivery: April 2019