Wearable tech: The garment is the computer

aNewDomain.net – Now that the Pebble smartwatch is rolling off the assembly line, companies are stumbling over each other to provide more wearable technology. The Pebble has a proprietary claim on your wrist, Google Glass has your eyeballs covered so what’s in store for the rest of your body?

Many industry tummlers, like Roger Cheng, executive editor at CNET, predict that wearable tech will be the next big thing. For tech companies, your body has become the final frontier for innovation.

The market for textile technology is growing 30 percent every year, according to a recent report from ABI Research. And that’s a statistic that hasn’t gone unnoticed by people in the industry.

“The opportunities are limitless,” says Davide Vigano CEO and co-founder of Heapsylon, the company that developed the new Sensoria Fitness Sock. “According to Dow Jones, the value of the wearable technology market in 2014 will be $4 billion, and according to Qualcomm Wireless, that forecast will equal about 400 million devices.”

“There has never been a better time for wearable tech,” says Juan Murdoch, the founder of Smart PJs. “The marketplace is hungry for fresh and innovative things.”

And Murdoch knows what he’s talking about. You can’t get any more fresh and innovative than Smart PJs. They are the “world’s first and only interactive pajamas.” Simply capture one of the many patterned codes on your child’s sleepwear with your smartphone. And voila! You’ll access a bevy of picture stories for a truly unique bedtime experience. A free app is also available for your phone in case you (and your child) want to hear the stories recited out loud.

Vigano agrees that the time has finally come for a marriage of technology and fashion. “At Heapsylon our vision is simple,” he says. “The garment is the computer.”

Heapsylon Wearable Tech
Image Credit: Heapsylon

The Sensoria Fitness Sock joins a crowded space now occupied by other fitness products like Fitbit and Fuelband. The socks feature textile sensors that are capable of tracking a body’s movement and response. They are perfect for both serious and casual runners. They’re also capable of monitoring what each person is doing right and wrong—always a valuable asset for people who might otherwise overextend themselves.

“Three fundamental trends are making this a reality,” Vigano explains. “First, conductive yarn and smart fabrics are replacing traditional conductive material and sensors. Secondly, microelectronics are becoming smaller and smaller and, along with advances in battery technology, will make hardware devices disappear to the human eye. And lastly, cloud computing is making it easier and more affordable to store and share ‘big data.’”

In other words, the relationship we have with our clothes is at the dawn of a new and exciting era. You have become your own personal computer.

Eric Searleman
Based in San Francisco, Eric Searleman is an editor at aNewDomain.net. Eric has worked as a newspaper reporter, a fiction editor and a comic book artist. Email him at [email protected]
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