Smart clothing or E-textiles first appeared in 2015. Companies are slowly adopting this novel concept of connected garments. Smart clothes are more than just gadgets adorning our wrists, ears, faces and feet, they can track our heart, monitor our emotions and even pay for the morning coffee – all with the help of embedded sensors in these clothes.
Listed below are some of the top smart clothes in the market.
Nadi X Yoga Pants
Yoga can be a difficult practice if you don’t know the proper movements. You can join a yoga class to learn how to perfect those moves, or you can wear Nadi X pants. Sydney-based startup Wearable X, whose CEO Billie Whitehouse will be speaking at our WT | Wearable Technologies Conference in San Francisco on July 11-12, wants to help you achieve flawless yoga moves. Nadi X comes with built-in haptic vibrations that gently pulse at the hips, knees and ankles to encourage you to move and/or hold positions. The smart pants sync up via Bluetooth to your phone and, through the companion app, gives you additional feedback. They come in four sizes – XS, S, M, L – and four styles – Midnight, Midnight with black, Black/White with mesh and Navy/Gray with mesh. Price: $179.
Supa Powered Sports Bra
SUPA, finalist of the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup 2018, is a smart bra that mixes neon, a heart rate monitor and Artificial Intelligence. Launched by Sabine Seymour’s fashion tech startup, SUPA is water resistant and syncs to the Supa.AI app via Bluetooth. Using invisible biometric sensors and AI, this smart bra monitors your workout, and at the same time tracks UV levels. SUPA comes in three sizes and three distinct styles. Price: $120 (Supa Bra) / $60 (Supa Reactor).
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AIO Smart Sleeve
After failing to launch a Kickstarter campaign, Komodo Technologies managed to unveil its compression sleeve that uses electrocardiogram (ECG) technology to monitor heart rate activity.
The sleeve not only offers accurate heart rate data, but also monitors work intensity and sleep. It comes in 2 different models. The sensors in its module monitors body temperature, air quality and UV rays. According to AIO, the compression sleeve can measure stress levels and even help detect heart inflammation and coronary heart disease as well. Price starts from $116.
Although based on extravagant medical tech, Athos is actually designed for gym rats. The micro-EMG sensors woven in these training clothes can detect which muscles you’re utilizing during workout and transfer this data to a smartphone via a Bluetooth core.
Athos was one of the speakers at the WT | Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 EUROPE.
After tracking heart rate, breathing and muscle effort, the app provides insights to help you to exercise properly and avoid injury. Price: $398.
Sensoria Running Socks 2.0
Sensoria, winner of the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup 2013, brings you second gen smart socks to monitor your runs in detail, providing info on distance, pace, and time as well as your running style. These connected socks can help athletes run with better form with the help of a new AI coach, which can lead to faster times and a reduced injury risk. The three textile pressure sensors featured in these socks measure the pressure placed on the foot during running. Price: $199.
Neopenda Smart Baby Hat
Neopenda, finalist of the IOT/WT Innovation World Cup 2017, launched smart hat for newborn babies that can monitor vital signs such as heart rate, body temperature, respiratory rate and blood oxygen saturation. The hat is being developed by New York-based health startup of the same name, founded by Sona Shah and Teresa Cauvel, two Columbia University biomedical engineering graduates. Up to 24 baby hats can be wirelessly synced, via Bluetooth, and send data to a tablet, allowing doctors and nurses check up on the vital signs of all the babies in the room at a glance.