Don’t you hate having to sacrifice practicality for style?
Well then rejoice, fellow fashionistas, because those days are coming to an end. Fashion designer Ralph Lauren paired up with biometrics firm OMsignal to unveil a new smart shirt – wearable technology that not only looks good, but it also functions like a computer.
It’s pretty mind-blowing once you realize just how much this shirt can keep track of: speed, steps, distance, intensity of your workout, heart rate, breathing rate, calories burned — it’s all included. And as the information gets collected, it’s delivered to an accompanying Ralph Lauren app in real time.
— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) August 25, 2014
So how does this all actually work?
The new threads resemble other sport shirts made by Polo, but these futuristic versions come with a discreet, black box that attaches directly to the shirt. Inside you’ll find a bluetooth transmitter, accelerometer and a gyroscope. But the shirt itself is also a sensor. Underneath a thicker band of fabric that runs under the chest are biosensing silver fibres, which read the expansion and compression of the chest as you breathe.
The shirts are also completely machine washable, you just have to remove the module first. If you wanted to get a first-hand look at the new product, it’ll be shown off during this year’s U.S. Open, where a few of the ball boys will be wearing them as part of a test.
The only downside? You won’t have anymore excuses to ditch your morning run.