Reinventing the t-shirt into a high tech wearable device
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Credit: OMsignal

Montreal startup OMsignal just launched it new wearable: a t-shirt that has sensors that can track your heart rate, breathing and movement

Credit: OMsignal

Credit: OMsignal

We’ve seen a bunch of different new wearable devices, but this one, rather than making a new device to wear, takes a good old fashion tshirt and turns it into technology that tracks health and fitness performance.

Montreal company OMsignal on May 8 launched its new collection of biometric smartwear, which includes high-performance compression shirts that monitor heart rate, breathing and movement through sensors that connect to a mobile app via bluetooth.

“We’ve been wearing clothing all our lives,” Stéphane Marceau, CEO and co-founder of OMsignal said in a statement on the launch. “It’s the most natural and therefore the ultimate “wearable” medium. Clothing has always been about protection and fashion, but it will now also help motivate us to better ourselves every day. You would never drive a car without a speedometer, RPM or a fuel gauge, right? Well, with OM, you now get a dashboard to better steer your life, to increase your self-mastery, to push your fitness performance and live a healthier lifestyle.”

The high tech t-shirt

At launch, OMsignal had four different styles of male shirts including an undershirt, a sleeveless shirt, a casual t-shirt and a longsleeved shirt. The shirts are designed to be worn at the gym, under everyday clothes or on their own. With health sensors embedded into the fabric, the sensors can track heart rate, breathing rate, breathing volume, movement intensity and calories burned. A little black box that clips onto the shirt then transmits the data to a smartphone. Not just for working out, the OMsignal shirt can also measure stress level and heart rate in everyday life.

The shirts are available for preorder for $199 and will be shipped in the U.S. and internationally this summer. The four designs are available in white, black and grey with orange or indigo stitching. Women’s shirts are coming later this year. Right now the company just has an iOS app, but the Android version is also on its way.

Don’t worry, the shirts are machine washable, but OMsignal recommends unclipping the black box before throwing in the wash.

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Olah Chadasha and former finance reporter from New York City. Gat is a writer, runner and traveler who came to Israel for the good food and weather. She writes for Geektime’s English and global desk.

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