August 20, 2015
Next week Ralph Lauren will start selling a line of shirts, called PoloTech, which have embedded fitness tracking sensors, thanks to a partnership with OMsignal announced last year. The shirts will be available August 27 on Ralph Lauren's website as well as its flagship NYC store and its US Open store in Flushing, New York.
The PoloTech shirt has silver fibers woven into its fabric to help it...
May 4, 2015
Smart clothing shipments are expected to surpass 10.2 million units annually by 2020, up from 140,000 units in 2013, according to a report from Tractica.
Tractica explained that currently, sport enthusiasts are leading adoption of smart clothing, which Tractica defines as clothing that monitors muscle activity, breathing rate, and heart activity zones, but over the next few years, these items...
August 27, 2014
This week the New York Times broke the news of a surprising new entrant in the wearable activity tracker space: Ralph Lauren, the fashion label known for their polo shirts and ties. At the US Open, the Times reports, the clothier equipped ball boys with form fitting black tee-shirts, emblazoned with the Ralph Lauren logo, that track users' biometrics. Ralph Lauren has teamed with OMsignal to make...
August 12, 2014
Redwood, California-based wearable technology maker Athos raised $12.2 million in a round led by DCM, with additional funding from True Ventures, NBA team Golden State Warriors Managing Partner Joe Lacob, Golden State Warriors player Jermaine O’Neal, and existing investor The Social+Capital Partnership.
The company will use the funds to commercialize its fitness apparel line that Athos aims to...
June 24, 2014
In early February, a group of six, three men and three women, embarked on a 45-day expedition in Antarctica to test Astroskin, a smart shirt prototype developed by Carre Technologies for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The CSA also invested $1.12 million in a total of five studies, which they expect to complete in 2014, that explore technologies that aim to make space flight safer for astronauts...