'Move' Smart Clothing Reacts to Wearer's Movements

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An innovative clothing line includes workout garments designed to help athletes correct their form and posture while exercising. The prototype shirt is called 'Move' and looks like any other article of clothing.

Move features four sensors woven into the front, back, and sides of the garment. These sensors monitor the body position and movements of the wearer.

Through feedback components built into the hips and shoulders, the shirt prompts users to correct their body positions. The shirt is able to notify the wearer, through vibrations, the second it detects that the body position of the wearer is incorrect. (Source: inquisitr.com)

Until Now, Smart Clothing Noticeable, Clunky

This isn't the first time we've seen high-tech components built into clothing.

Running shoes are now being designed with easy-slip sensors that track distance, while those with sleeping difficulties have worn wristbands to monitor their nightly patterns in the hopes of isolating any problems.

There have also been ski goggles that display the speed at which a skier is traveling.

But most wearable technologies are very noticeable and often uncomfortable to wear. This is because standard wearable technology is made with hard plastics, instead of more flexible fabrics.

Move looks to counter all of these issues by using flexible fibers. This allows the wearer to feel the gathered information without having to stop their session.

Move: The Gateway to New Markets

Jennifer Darmour, a designer at the firm responsible for Move, Artefact, lists a number of ways the emergent technology can be used.

Darmour says similar components could be woven into golf shirts, for example, to correct the wearer's swing. Beyond sports, Darmour suggests that corporations could invest in wearable technology to correct the slumping posture of their seated office workers. (Source: cnet.com)

"Your body becomes the interface," Darmour said. "We're going from interacting with [the technology] to it interacting with us!"

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