Renewable Energy art installation Art Tech

For the first time in tennis history, ball boys will be wearing high-tech, biometric shirts at the US Open that starts today in New York.

Wearable Electronics Take Over (Photos)

The high-performance Polo Tech shirt from Ralph Lauren merges biometrics with compression apparel. Sensors developed by Canada-based OMsignal are knitted into the fabric of the shirt to biological and physiological information. The sensors include an accelerometer and gyroscope to capture movement and direction as well as technology to monitor heartbeat and respiration.

Information gathered is send via a wireless connection to an app on the user’s smartphone. There, a program uses the data to gauge performance, stress level and energy output.

According to Ralph Lauren, the tech shirt is just the start of the brand’s planned expansion into the space.

Wearable Robot Arms Are Here To Help

In a press release, David Lauren, son of Ralph and the EVP of advertising, marketing and corporate communications said, “Our vision is that this will transcend sports to help us at every age and in every aspect of life.”

via ZDNet

Image: Marcos Giron, the No. 1 singles player in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, wears the shirt seen a closed demo session prior to the start of the 2014 U.S. Open in New York City.

Credit: Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s