September 19, 2016
Anyone who wears a sports bra knows the invaluable support it provides. So, in addition to the physical benefits, why not make it be supportive in other ways?
That was thinking behind the OMbra, a smart sports bra from Montreal-based OMsignal, which makes smart clothing and companion apps. Now officially available online on the company’s website and in select retail stores across the US and...
November 4, 2015
Fitness device maker Polar recently launched a new wristworn activity tracking device, called Polar Loop Crystal, in partnership with Swarovski.
Loop Crystal offers the same functionalities and software available in Polar's Loop 2 band, which tracks steps, distance, sleep, and inactivity, but the Loop Crystal is embedded with 30 Swarovski crystals. While the Loop 2 costs $119.95, the Loop Crystal...
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...
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...
July 7, 2014
Montreal, Canada-based smart clothing maker OMsignal raised $10 million in a round led by Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). Existing investors also participated in the round including Real Ventures, Mistral Venture Partners, Golden Venture Partners, David Cohen (managing partner at Techstars), Flextronics, and Primera Capital. This brings the company's total funding to at least $11 million....
May 5, 2014
Tel Aviv, Israel-based HealthWatch is working on another entry for the still emerging smart textile field. At the American Telemedicine Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the startup previewed its hWear line of tshirts with interwoven ECG sensors, allowing the shirt to function as a 3 to 15 lead ECG.
"A cardiologist will not formally diagnose a heart attack until you’ve taken a 12-...
October 2, 2013
Launch, one of several startup sessions at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California this week, consisted of several three minute demos and pitches from recently or soon-to-be launched companies. This year, the pitches focused on addressing highly specific consumer pain points in healthcare, although exactly where those pain points were ran the gamut.
SmartPatient, not to...
October 1, 2013
Co-located at Health 2.0, Morgenthaler Venture's DC to VC event, a startup contest that aims to bring together government policymakers, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, had a special resonance this year: It happened to be timed the day before the opening of nationwide health insurance exchanges, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Pitching to a room full of investors, entrepreneurs...
June 20, 2013
Someday soon having to remember to put on your digital health tracking device in the morning might no longer be an issue. If the latest crop of health-minded wearables companies succeed, health sensors will make their way into things we are already wearing -- like undershirts, underwear, and socks.
Digital health wearables are slowly but surely making their way into clothing.
One longtime digital...