MotivePro-Vibrating_Suit

Wearable Sports Tech

Some athletes at the Olympic Games demonstrate how technology could become a part of athletic preparation and performance enhancement. Olympic team GB gymnast Mimi Cesar used during her game preparation a haptic feedback system, the MotivePro, a ‘Vibrating Suit’ developed at the Visualization Research Unit at Birmingham City University. MotivePro was initially designed as sensor…

SQUID-Sensor-shirt

Wearable tech Fitness shirt

2012 will see hyper activity in research and development of smart shirts for sports/fitness apparel – at least this is my view on the ‘killer application’ in wearable tech this year. Smart shirts, having textile sensors integrated that pick up the electrical signals generated by muscle activity like heart rate form the heart muscle or…

Under Armour Electronic shirt

talking 2 your Shirt is becoming soon a reality thanks to the latest wearable technology innovation from Under Armour, a company founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, with the dedication of creating innovative performance apparel for men, women and youth. The E39 electric shirt with integrated sensors and attachment…

MagIC T-Shirt for health monitoring

I use frequently the word ‘magic’ in connection with illuminated clothing as light radiates a kind of magic especially when it comes from objects that are not (yet) commonly known to light up like …. clothing. The word ‘Magic’ in connection with health monitoring T-Shirts has another meaning in this case as ‘MagIC‘ stands for…

Stress detecting socks

Researcher at  ETH Zurich’s Electronics Laboratory develop a electronic stress assistant which will monitor stress levels in everyday life aiming to prevent burnout and depression more effectively. Bert Arnrich, Cornelia Setz, Gerhard Tröster and their teams worked out indicators to determine stress levels, including the skin conductance on the fingers, the heart and breathing rates…

Flowtime: wearable electronics for yoga

Wearable electronic is currently on stage at the Dutch Design Week held between Oct 17 and 25 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The wearable electronic concepts are the creation of students participating in the ‘Wearable Senses‘ course at the Department of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven University of Technology. ‘Wearable Senses’ aims to educate Industrial Design…

iCalm – Comfortable, Wearable, Wireless Bio-Sensing

MIT‘s Media Lab is without question one of the hot spots for research and pioneering wearable technologies since it’s very early stage. No wonder that many of the innovative companies in this field are coming directly out of their laboratories. One of the latest start-up company in the wearable technology field is Affectiva, a Waltham-based…

Wearable CO2 sensor

Following up on the release of the Smart Textile Saloon exhibition list released last week, I am collecting more information (where available) about the projects on stage. The wearable CO2 sensor, developed by Tanja Radu, Cormac Fay, King Tong Lau and Dermot Diamond at CLARITY (Centre for Sensor Web Technologies at Dublin City University) is…