YOUR BOR­ING AC­TIVEWEAR JUST GOT ‘SMART’, HERE’S HOW…

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Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from Mor­gan Stan­ley Re­search, ath­letic ap­parel and footwear sales have seen a jump of 42 per cent to US $ 270 bil­lion over the past seven years. With this stag­ger­ing amount of sales and mas­sive jump in less than a decade, it is cer­tain that prospects for growth in ath­letic ap­par­els are get­ting stronger and tend to bring in more in­no­va­tions in such gar­ments. ‘Smart Cloth­ing’ is one of the re­sults of these in­no­va­tions which is get­ting linked rapidly with the habits of fit­ness freaks across the world as health and fit­ness trend for adults and sports par­tic­i­pa­tion for youth have gone global in re­cent times.

Tech­nol­ogy and big data are con­tin­u­ously, rather, in­creas­ingly mak­ing their space in hu­man lives. Right from how we com­mu­ni­cate to how we shop, tech­nol­ogy has be­come our in­sep­a­ra­ble part and ac­tivewear/ath­let­icwear is no dif­fer­ent. Shirts, shorts, and leg­gings can now en­hance work­out in more ways than one can imag­ine and when it is about get­ting into peo­ple’s favourite list, then it is ob­vi­ous that re­searchers and de­vel­op­ers are cer­tainly look­ing for ways to make it more tech­no­log­i­cal…

How­ever, the big­gest ques­tion is what ex­actly we mean by tech­nol­ogy used in ath­letic ap­par­els? Not very long time ago, Ap­ple launched a ‘Smart Watch’ which could track the calo­ries burnt by an ath­lete dur­ing ex­er­cise. But, the next fron­tier of wear­able has noth­ing to do with the wrist. In­stead, ac­tivewear which the wear­ers are al­ready slip­ping into sweat, is get­ting smart- be it leg­gings that can check their lunge form or shirts that can mon­i­tor their heart – beat rate. But, what are the best bits of smart cloth­ing to buy? Team StitchWorld finds out from some of the top tech gar­ment brands for ath­letes from across the world.

SPIRITUS AC­TIVEWEAR

Spiritus is an Aus­tralia- based ac­tivewear brand which has de­vel­oped a new ac­tivewear line named ‘Pro­for­mance Ap­parel’ which is said to com­bine in­frared and silver tech­nolo­gies. The line is en­gi­neered to in­crease cell re­gen­er­a­tion and im­prove the en­ergy level of the wearer dur­ing hard­core work­out ses­sions.

The ac­tivewear line is a re­sult of Spiritus’ s col­lab­o­ra­tion with two US- based fab­ric tech­nol­ogy pro­vid­ing com­pa­nies. Noble Bio­ma­te­ri­als pro­vided XT2 silver tech­nol­ogy to the Aus­tralian brand whereas, Holo­genix, LLC, en­abled Spiritus to use its Cel­liant in­frared tech­nol­ogy.

In­frared Tech­nol­ogy:

Since fab­ric is the most sig­nif­i­cant part in smart cloth­ing, Spiritus’s ac­tivewear line is made up of

Pure silver tech­nol­ogy kills 99.9 per cent of the bac­te­ria, as per Spiritus’ claim, keep­ing ac­tivewear feel­ing and smelling fresh. In ad­di­tion, the fab­ric of the gar­ments also ab­sorbs more than 35 per cent of the mois­ture con­tent com­pared to con­ven­tional fab­ric.

the com­pany’s Pro­for­mance fab­rics which are em­bed­ded with ther­mal re­ac­tive min­er­als. These min­er­als help fab­ric in con­vert­ing body heat into in­frared en­ergy which, fur­ther, en­hances blood cir­cu­la­tion and thus re­cov­ers over­all fresh en­ergy. “In­frared light is proven to pro­mote blood cir­cu­la­tion, in­crease tis­sue oxy­gen lev­els, en­hance cell vi­tal­ity, and reg­u­late body tem­per­a­ture,” ex­plains Spiritus.

Silver Tech­nol­ogy:

Fur­ther­more, while the in­frared tech­nol­ogy is de­signed to boost per­for­mance, the ad­vanced silver tech­nol­ogy is in­cor­po­rated to keep odours at bay. When sweat mixes with fab­rics, it cre­ates a warm, moist en­vi­ron­ment suit­able for bac­te­rial growth. Pure silver tech­nol­ogy kills 99.9 per cent of the bac­te­ria, as per Spiritus’ claim, keep­ing ac­tivewear feel­ing and smelling fresh. In ad­di­tion, the fab­ric of the gar­ments also ab­sorbs more than 35 per cent of the mois­ture con­tent com­pared to con­ven­tional fab­ric.

The Pro­for­mance ap­parel line ( both for men and women) un­der­went two years of in­tense re­search to rep­re­sent sim­plic­ity with mod­ern de­sign. The line is also de­signed to com­ple­ment the wearer’s body shape as well as to sup­port body move­ment.

OMSIGNAL BRA

With women as its pri­mary fo­cus, Canada- based gar­ment tech­nol­ogy com­pany OMsignal has a mis­sion to fix the sports bra once and for all – and make it smart in the process. OMbra records the dis­tances run, res­pi­ra­tions, heart rate, and even tells women when they have re­cov­ered enough to head back to the gym.

Ex­plain­ing the tech­nol­ogy, OMsignal re­veals that OMbra cap­tures biosig­nals through in­vis­i­ble sen­sors that are em­bed­ded in the bra it­self. A small de­tach­able blue­toothen­abled hard­ware mod­ule is clipped onto the bra and sends data of breath­ing rates and other bio­met­rics in real time to the user’s smart­phone. Once re­ceived by the smart­phone, the data can be used live in an app, and it is also streamed di­rectly to the Cloud, where it can be fur­ther an­a­lysed us­ing ad­vanced ma­chine learn­ing al­go­rithms.

Ac­cord­ing to OMsignal, the com­pany has put in a lot of ef­forts into the ac­tual de­sign of the gar­ment to help ad­dress some of the big­gest is­sues many women find when wear­ing a sports bra. OMbra uses a stretch­able and light fab­ric that con­forms to the shape of the body dur­ing ex­er­cise. It fea­tures mesh pan­els both in the front and at the back of the bra which makes this bra more breath­able.

“The fab­rics which we use re­duce the sweat level of women while ex­er­cis­ing,” main­tains OMsignal.

Pro­for­mance Ap­parel’ is said to com­bine in­frared and silver tech­nolo­gies. The line is en­gi­neered to in­crease cell re­gen­er­a­tion and im­prove the en­ergy level of the wearer dur­ing hard­core work­out ses­sions OMbra uses a stretch­able and light fab­ric that con­forms to the shape of the body dur­ing ex­er­cise. It fea­tures mesh pan­els both in the front and at the back of the bra which makes this bra more breath­able.

Func­tion­al­ity of OMbra: The prod­uct can be used in sports and ath­letic ap­pli­ca­tions

Pro­for­mance Ap­parel by Spiritus Ac­tivewear

OMbra records dis­tances run, res­pi­ra­tions and heart rate

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