May 2, 2016
Smart clothing and body sensor shipments will total 190 million between 2015 and 2021, according to a new prediction from Tractica. The report added that annual shipments will hit 92.7 million units at that time.
“Smart clothing and body sensors can be considered the ultimate wearables, integrating into your life as a garment, footwear, or sensor device that can track or measure a specific...
October 13, 2015
Early next year Lumo Bodytech, the company behind the Lumo Lift and Lumoback posture and activity tracking devices, will launch a new wearable, Lumo Run, a pair of running shorts or capris with a sensor embedded into the waistband to track runner-specific health metrics like cadence, bounce, ground contact time, braking, stride length, and pelvic rotation.
Lumo Run also tracks distance, time,...
October 6, 2015
The non-connected Moore Balance Brace.
Textile sensor company Sensoria has expanded its offering beyond the realm of wellness tracking for athletes and is developing a device to sell to healthcare providers via a partnership with New York medical device company Orthotics Holdings Incorporated (OHI). Sensoria demoed the new provider-facing system at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Barbara this...
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...
November 13, 2014
Thirteen percent of consumers plan to purchase a health or fitness wearable device within the next year, according to a survey of 2,000 consumers from Acquity Group, a subsidiary of Accenture.
Acquity Group questioned consumers about all internet of things (IoT) technologies, which the company defines as everyday devices that connect to the internet through embedded sensors and computing power...
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 21, 2014
Sensoria Fitness socks, which come with a snap-on anklet.
Sensoria Fitness, the wearable sensor company formerly known as Heapsylon, has raised $5 million from Italian investor Reply SpA. In exchange, Reply SpA will acquire a hefty 20 percent interest in the company. Although Sensoria reported the raise in a press release, VentureBeat uncovered the amount.
Reply SpA will also work with...
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....
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...
May 19, 2014
We've written about professional sports teams deploying mobile health tracking devices in basketball and cycling. Two years ago, Adidas added professional soccer to their list, and they've now equipped 19 teams in the United States and Europe with its miCoach Elite system. Several teams that have been training with the system are headed to Brazil next month for the World Cup. And in the future,...