Smart clothing is looking to be the next extension of the quantified self trend, with this prototype sensor-equipped shirt created by a team of senior engineering and graphic design students from Northeastern University. The t-shirt monitors muscle output and efficiency during workouts, and connects with an Android app and interactive website to track biofeedback and progress in real-time.
The device, called SQUID, could be used by athletes for physical training or by amateurs looking to optimize their time at the gym. It is made up of a compression athletic shirt with a number of sensors attached to it. These capture and translate electronic signals created by moving muscles into data and feeds it into the accompanying app and website. This data can be used to measure workouts and track a person’s progress over time.
The team presented the prototype to faculty and classmates in December and their advisor Constantinos Mavroidis envisions having a version of SQUID on the market in two or three years. Watch the video below to learn more about the device: