Wearables are moving beyond the wrist, connecting consumers to digital devices, appliances, and vehicles in ways only imaginable just a few years ago. Montreal startup OMsignal is in the vanguard, recently delivering its first batch of biometric shirts sold directly to consumers on its website.
The sensors are actually in the fabric so there’s no band to wear and the compression shirts don’t have to be worn in any specific way to take readings, the yarn transmits signals to a black box about 1/3 the size of an iPhone that’s snapped onto the shirt.
The data is then sent via Bluetooth LE in real-time or when you pair with an iOS smart device (the company says Android compatibility is coming).
Robert Gray gets the skinny on the smartgear maker from the company’s co-founder and CEO Stéphane Marceau.