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Get Your ‘Smart Polo’ On, Ralph Lauren Enters the Wearable Tech Fray

Get Your ‘Smart Polo’ On, Ralph Lauren Enters the Wearable Tech Fray

Those clunky fitness wristbands and watches are about to get some competition from a shirt that tracks much of the data, courtesy of Ralph Lauren. The luxury clothing designer is debuting the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt at the US Open today, where it is the official outfitter. The shirt uses technology from OMsignal to collect biometric data, which is wirelessly transmitted to the company’s servers. Users can view data, including hearbeat, energy output, stress level, and others on a smartphone app.

The Ralph Lauren tech shirt has sensors to track biometric data.
Marcos Giron, wearing a Ralph Lauren Polo Tech shirt.

Ralph Lauren tech shirts will display biometric data on a smartphone app.
Ralph Lauren tech shirts will display biometric data on a smartphone app.

The US Open ball boys will be wearing the new shirts, which aren’t available for sale yet. Ralph Lauren is also dressing up-and-coming player Marcos Giron in the shirts. There’s something to be said for clothing that has biometric sensors built in – namely, that you won’t need to wear anything on your wrist. But the technology is understandably going to be expensive at first, so expect to see it appearing in brands like Ralph Lauren before it makes its way down to us Champion-loving types.
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I absolutely love this stuff. I should have gone to school for materials science because what they are capable of doing with flexible substrates just fascinates me. This is just another example of how it's already be implemented in our lives. It will be awesome if graphene becomes viable since it's touted as this miracle material with circuitry applications like this and much, much more.

I was just talking to the guys behind this stuff: http://www.enrg-inc.com which just seems completely impossible when you think about it. Now ceramics doesn't have much to do with this specific application, but I lump this flexible material into a group that is quickly changing how electronics can be used.

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