Fitness tracking shirts now available from RL

Ralph Lauren’s new Polo Tech line shirt ‘merges biometrics into active lifestyle apparel’, the US clothing giant Ralph Lauren said in a statement.

Developed with proprietary technology from Canadian-based OMsignal, the shirt has sensors knitted into it. These include a three-leads ECG, a breathing sensor, a gyroscope and an accelerometer, allowing for deep analytics when biometrics and motion activity are set against proprietary algorithms.

Data outputs include energy level, heart rate, heart rate zones, heart-rate variability, breathing rate, breathing depth, breathing alerts, activity intensity, steps, and calories burned. The data collected by the shirt is transmitted via Bluetooth technology to a ‘black box’, featuring an accelerometer and gyroscope, which capture movement and direction.

The black box then transmits the data into the cloud, where it is plugged into a number of algorithms that gauge performance-oriented biometrics, including heartbeat and respiration, as well as certain psychometrics, such as stress level and energy output. Users can access their data through an iPhone app.

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