What do you think about shirt designed to help you learn more about yourself and your health? Well, that’s exactly what Ralph Lauren newest ‘tech polo’ shirt is. The Polo Tech Smart Shirt, which will be making its debut on the tennis court at this year’s U.S. Open, is a high performance, fashion-forward smart shirt that delivers active biometrics through a worn garment. One of the world’s leading fashion designers, Ralph Lauren teamed up with canadian company OMsignal whose team of neuroscience, sports medicine and engineering experts have together created a top which itself is the sensor.
Biosensing fibres are woven directly into the core of the shirt and they provide comprehensive biometric data in real time. Data collected from the shirt includes everything from heart rate, respiration stress levels to intensity of movement, direction and calories burned. This information is stored in a ‘black box’ attached to the shirt and then monitored on a smartphone or tablet.
Although the ball boys will be wearing Ralph Lauren’s shirt during the U.S. Open, the Polo Tech Smart Shirt won’t hit mainstream retail until spring 2015.