Sportswear With Embedded Sensors Makes Wearables Redundant

Sportswear With Embedded Sensors Makes Wearables Redundant
Fashion & Apparel

Emglare is preparing to launch a line of machine-washable activewear embedded with electronics that track the wearer's heart rate

Leo Lutero
  • 16 april 2018

With the rise of wearables, fitness enthusiasts have more workout data than ever before around their wrists and in their smartphones. People can measure their heart rate, steps and even hydration by simply wearing a watch or similar devices to their workout. But what if the technology could be one with your clothes?

Emglare, a startup coming to Kickstarter, is developing sportswear with sensor technology embedded right in it. While they look like regular gym clothes, these pieces can track the wearer’s heart rate and still survive a gentle spin in the washer.

The clothes measure both heart rate and ECG. Electrodes embedded into the fabric communicate with a Bluetooth module that uses low energy to beam information to a user’s smartphone. The clothes recharge with Qi charging pads.

The most obvious benefit of the system is a more seamless, hands-free experience. Alternatives for accurate heart rate or ECG readings require a strap worn across the chest. With Emglare, there is no need for that. However, to view readings, one will still have to carry a smartphone, which can be cumbersome when running.

The Emglare clothes feature four designs: an undershirt, a t-shirt, a bra and a sports bra. Each can read data for 16 hours before needing another charge.

By creating technology that makes it possible to embed sensors in the clothes we wear, Emglare looks ahead a future where every piece of our wardrobe contributes to what we know about our bodies. But there’s a catch: each item costs $200, and that’s the sale price. The company, which is based in San Francisco, California, is preparing to launch via Kickstarter. After that campaign, it plans to sell the line for $299 apiece.

Emglare

With the rise of wearables, fitness enthusiasts have more workout data than ever before around their wrists and in their smartphones. People can measure their heart rate, steps and even hydration by simply wearing a watch or similar devices to their workout. But what if the technology could be one with your clothes?

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