Working out is getting complicated. The portability of digital technology has made monitoring and tracking the progress of one’s exercise routine quite trendy. Whatever happened to just going for a run?
OMSignal (via Inhabitat) hopes to cut down on the number of gadgets required with its Biometric Smartwear line of workout clothes. Embedded sensors monitor heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate and depth, steps taken, and other parameters. A compression shirt also helps improve posture.
That data is routed through a “black box” that plugs into each shirt, and is viewable on a smartphone app. The app can also prod you with reminders to stand up straight, take deeper breaths, and generally be less lazy. The shirts are machine washable, but the black box obviously isn’t.
The monitoring features work when you’re not at the gym, too. Worn under more formal attire, the shirts can track your state of being and even warn you of high stress levels.
Men’s shirts will be available later this year starting at $199. Sleeveless, short-sleeve, and long-sleeve styles will be offered. Women’s shirts are expected to come out by the end of the year.