Sensors that monitor wellness are cropping up in bracelets, phones, socks and even inside the human body. But startup OMsignal noticed they were missing from one particularly ubiquitous possession: the shirt. Later this year, they’ll launch a compression shirt capable of reading a person’s heart rate, breathing levels and movement.
The shirt meant to be worn under everyday clothes or on its own at the gym. The data it collects is sent to a a computer or smartphone app where the user can view instant and long-term exertion, stress and even mood. The app can share data with loved ones, including sending an alert when it detects high stress or a potentially dangerous situation.
The company’s major breakthrough was figuring out how to weave the sensors into the shirt during the manufacturing process. They are placed just below the chest to best collect heart and breathing data. Redmond, Wash…