BEST SMART GARMENTS AND EQUIPMENT

BEST SMART GARMENTS AND EQUIPMENT

This report contains details on smart garments and equipment. Nineteen of the smart garments are for smart garments in general, and the last five are for garments/devices that were specifically designed for business use.

1. Trucker Jacket

Main Features

  • Designed by Levis and Google.
  • Jacquard technology
  • Connect with mobile device
  • Control music, messaging, calls, navigation and camera
  • Receive alerts without looking at the phone
  • Syncs with rideshare apps
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Automatic software updates
  • My Briefing
  • Alert if phone is left behind

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2. Nadi X Yoga Pant

Main Features

  • Designed by Wearable X.
  • Embedded sensors that guide through vibration and audio
  • Can be machine washed
  • Accelerometers near hips, knees, and ankles
  • Rechargeable module, “the Pulse”
  • Connects with mobile app
  • Comes in several styles including mesh, men, and open knees

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3. Astroskin

Main Features

  • Designed by Hexoskin.
  • Space-grade garments
  • Real time health monitoring
  • Measures blood pressure, activity level, skin temperature, blood oxygen levels, ECG, and respiration
  • Works on Macs and iOS

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4. UA Recover Sleepwear Joggers

Main Features

  • Designed by Under Armour & Celliant.
  • Mineral infused fabric reflects energy back into muscles while you sleep
  • Sweat wicking fabric
  • 4-way stretch construction for comfort and breathability
  • Celliant infrared technology
  • Wide range of products in the Recover line.

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5. UA Recover Activewear

Main Features

  • Designed by Under Armour & Celliant.
  • Mineral infused fabric has a special pattern which reflects emitted energy back into the body for faster muscle restoration
  • UA Storm technology repels water
  • 4-way stretch construction for easier movement
  • Celliant infrared technology
  • Line includes jackets, sleepwear, woven pants, hoodies, fleece pants, parkas, and more

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6. Siren Socks

Main Features

  • Designed by Sirem.
  • Available by prescription only
  • Sensors monitor foot temperature at six points on the feet for early detection of inflammation
  • Doctor and patient both receive alerts via an app or text
  • Socks are auto shipped every six weeks to ensure accuracy
  • 24-hour support
  • Clinical management tools for doctors

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7. Mercury Intelligent Heated Jacket

Main Features

  • Designed by Ministry of Supply & Blue Wave.
  • USB-powered carbon-fiber heating elements
  • Odor control with S.Cafe
  • Heated hand pockets
  • Ultrasonic baffles
  • Machine washable
  • Comes with rechargeable USB battery pack
  • Control temperature by voice or app

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8. Jacquard Commuter X

Main Features

  • Designed by Levis & Google.
  • Touch and gesture interactions
  • Tech is in the jacket cuff
  • Can be used to control navigation, music, and communication
  • Machine washable
  • Works with Jacquard app
  • Customizable gestures

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9. Tommy Jeans Xplore Signature Hoodie

Main Features

  • Designed by Tommy Hilfiger & Awear Solutions.
  • Embedded Bluetooth chip
  • Tracks when clothes are worn so customers can earn reward points
  • Links to an iOS app where users can play a game to earn more points
  • Points can also be used toward VIP experiences
  • It was difficult to find a link to this product and it is possible it is no longer being sold

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10. Spectacles 2

Main Features

  • Designed by Snapchat.
  • Glasses with built in HD photo and videos
  • Water resistant
  • Wirelessly share with snapchat
  • Tinted lenses
  • Charging case for on the go charging
  • 4GB of storage
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Newer version is Spectacles 3 which captures in 3D

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11. Core Pair

Main Features

  • Designed by Sensoria.
  • Running socks with textile sensors
  • Microelectronics snap onto dock on socks
  • Mobile app links with the sensors to provide audio guidance while running
  • Counts steps, speed, calories, altitude, distance, cadence, foot landing technique, and impact
  • App available for iOS
  • Other smart garments by Sensoria include sports bras, t-shirts, tank tops, and running systems

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12. Neviano Swimsuits

Main Features

  • Designed by Spinali Design.
  • Bluetooth SDUV sensor in suit
  • Can withstand water for about 280 days
  • Links with app in iOS and Android
  • Alerts for applying sunscreen, weather, sun tanning tips, and more

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13. Athos Core

Main Features

  • Designed by Athos.
  • A device that can be used with multiple apparel items from Athos
  • The device and apparel items are purchased separately
  • Collects data from sensors in the garments to measure muscle activity, heart rates, calories, and active time
  • Works with iOS app
  • Includes an accelerometer
  • Water-resistant
  • Up to 10 hours of active use
  • Currently apparel items it works with are men’s shorts, men’s shirt, and women’s leggings

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14. Smart Leggings

Main Features

  • Designed by LikeAGlove.
  • 5 year battery life
  • Leggings fit from size 0 to size 20
  • Designed to help find jeans that fit perfectly
  • Leggings include sensors that measure your body and connect with the app
  • Based on the measurements, the app recommends jeans to buy

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15. Sports Bra

Main Features

  • Designed by Mi Pulse.
  • Integrates heart rate tracking into the band of the bra
  • Compatible with a multitude of fitness trackers
  • The snap on HR monitor is purchased separately and can be used with multiple bras
  • Includes smart fabric sensors
  • Machine washable

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16. Smart Sock

Main Features

  • Designed by Owlet Baby Care.
  • Functions as a baby monitor
  • Monitors baby’s oxygen level and heart rate while they sleep
  • Parents are notified if indicators move outside preset “safe” zones
  • Integrates with Owlet Cam
  • Works with mobile app
  • Wireless charging

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17. Adidas GMR

Main Features

  • Designed by Google, Adidas & EA Sports FIFA.
  • The Adidas GMR is an insole that can be put inside any shoe
  • The Jacquard tag inserts into the insole
  • Syncs with the EA Sports FIFA mobile app through the Adidas GMR app
  • Real world football (soccer) playing results in achieving goals in a virtual game
  • Measures kicks, shot power, distance, and speed

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18. Cit-e Backpack

Main Features

  • Designed by Saint Laurent & Google.
  • A luxury backpack is integrated with Google Jacquard technology through the left strap
  • Lights and tactile nudges are used for alerts
  • The tag connects with the app
  • Gestures can be used to take selfies, get My Day briefings, use Google assistant, and control music
  • Gestures that can be used include brush up, brush down, double tap, and cover

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17. BioMan+

Main Features

  • Designed by Clothing & AIQ Smart.
  • Contains conductive fiber based textile electrodes
  • Conductive thread carries electric signals
  • Machine washable
  • Compatible with most heart rate and ECG module vendors
  • BioMan+ has many use cases including fitness, heart monitoring in elder care, cardiac rehabilitation, and remote health monitoring
  • Available in male and female tanks, t-shirts, and sports bras

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18. Vuzix Blade Upgraded Smart Glasses

Main Features

  • Designed by Vuzix.
  • Certified eye protection
  • Optionally available prescription inserts
  • HD camera with autofocus
  • Stereo speakers and noise canceling mics
  • Full color display on one side
  • Wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • UV protection
  • MicroSD Storage
  • Voice control
  • Augmented reality and communication capabilities

Used by

  • GE Aviation
  • Vuwzer

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19. Exosuit

Main Features

  • Designed by Lowes Innovation Lab & Virgina Tech.
  • Includes lift-assist technology to make lifting easier and less exhausting
  • It is not clear if the device has moved out of the prototype stage

Used by

  • Lowes

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20. Drowsiness Detection Glasses

Main Features

  • Designed by Optalert.
  • Measure eyelid movement 500 times per second using a built in LED
  • Measurements are converted to a score based on the Johns Drowsiness Scale which is shown to the operator
  • Users are notified by an alarm if their score indicates they are not functioning at a safe level

Used by

  • NASA
  • Bis Industries

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21. Thermal Wear with AI

Main Features

  • Designed by Coowear.
  • AI controlled heating garment
  • Base layer with sensors is in contact with skin for automatic adjustments
  • Embeddable in existing equipment
  • Technology allows for recognition of the coldest parts of the body, including fingers and toes

Used by

  • No details on clients found
  • Appears to be in pilot stage

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22. HC1 Communicator

Main Features

  • Location tracking
  • Presence detection
  • Proximity detection to equipment to allow safety alerts
  • RFID technology
  • Audio/video VOIP telephony
  • Operates with Wi-Fi or cellular, and can be used offline
  • Monitors PPE compliance
  • Emergency notifications

Used by

  • Not available
  • Partnered with Siemens, Dupont, and others

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Workplace Wearables – Articles/Studies

Employee acceptance of wearable technology in the workplace

  • This study was published in Applied Ergonomics in July 2019.
  • The study found that employee adherence to wearables was dependent on employee acceptance of the technology. To improve acceptance and adherence, employers should focus on use cases related to workplace safety, providing evidence of the technology’s effectiveness, and involving employees in the selection and implementation of wearables.

Wearables in the workplace: The brave new world of employee engagement

  • This study was published in Business Horizons in July-August 2020.
  • While there are many benefits to wearables in relation to employee engagement, there are also challenges. Challenges may include employees feeling dehumanized if they are judged on tracking data, employees being concerned about their privacy, management making conscious or unconscious judgments about employees based on data, and less human interaction in the workplace.

Wearables in the Workplace: Examination Using a Privacy Boundary Model

  • This study was published in the Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems in July 2020.
  • This study focused on the use of RFID wearables in corporate environments and found that employee satisfaction was negatively impacted by being monitored, but it varied by gender and by the voluntary nature of using the wearable. The more transparent companies are with implementing the use of wearables, the less negative the impact may be.

Workforce superpowers

  • This article was published by Deloitte in July 2018.
  • The article discusses the growth of wearables in the workplace; the benefits of wearables, including enhancing strength and endurance, augmenting vision, empowering speech, and improving awareness; and the implications of wearables in the workplace for companies.

The evolution of wearable technology: workplace safety and productivity

  • This article was published by Liberty Mutual Insurance, but no date was provided.
  • The article discusses various uses for wearable technology in the workplace, including safety and productivity use cases. In addition, it highlights the newness of the tech and the need to discuss the use of wearables with an insurer.

Why Wearable Technologies Will Drive Workplace Wellness in 2019

  • This article was published in January 2019 by HR Technologist.
  • The article discusses how wearables were the number one fitness trend of 2019 and how that will spread to workplaces. The article highlights how wearables can benefit employees and companies, but also brings up the issues of privacy and compliance that must be considered.

Why Less Data May Be More for Employers Using Wearables in Workplace

  • This article was published by the Insurance Journal in May 2019.
  • The article makes the case that while there are potentially huge benefits to using wearables in the workplace, there are significant risks as well. The risks discussed include obtaining too much data which makes it hard to focus on what matters, opening employers to increased cyber risk, or identifying a previously undisclosed medical issue about an employee.

Work Clothes Reimagined for an Age of Wearable Tech

  • This article was published in the Wall Street Journal in January 2020.
  • This is an in-depth article that discusses touch-screen clothes, mood-sensing sweaters, wearable robotic technology, do-not-disturb apparel, and more.

PPE makes use of smart sensor technology

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