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