Sure, we have seen our fair share of health related gadgets in the past, and even as recent as this week, there is the Garmin Forerunner 15 GPS running watch that is capable of nudging you to get into shape. Well, a startup known as OMsignal intends to make wearable tech as natural and unobtrusive as possible, which would mean it will have to look like any other ordinary shirt. This has resulted in a breakthrough as OMsignal churned out a range of workout shirts which will rely on specially woven threads in order to measure health statistics including one’s heart rate, breathing rate, and amount of calories burned.
OMsignal CEO Stéphane Marceau shared, “We need something that complements life, without getting in the way of life. Clothing is the only type of wearable you’ve been wearing your whole life. Clothing also allows us to access biological functions where they actually happen.”
This does not mean that sensors and microprocessors have been successfully integrated into clothing, but rather, OMsignal’s shirts will sport the style and texture of a high-quality, form-fitting workout shirt, boast of a band around the chest woven with conductive silver-based thread. This particular band has the ability to transfer electrical signals to a piece of hardware that OMsignal has called it a “little black box” which will be snapped onto the shirt. This box, via a Bluetooth connection, will also feature an accelerometer, gyrometer, and magnetometer so that it can track your movements in space.
The shirt and little black box is going for a promotional price of $200 throughout May, where the sticker price will hit $240 after that.