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21:16 GMT, 5 June 2012
A futuristic new sports garment is in development that could do away with the yoga and Pilates instructors forever.
Aptly named Move, the tight fitting T-shirt looks like any other supportive sportswear top but has tiny sensors integrated into the fabric that detects the wearer's movements.
Other components built into the top then respond with pulses to help guide the subject in correcting their alignment after which a record of the adjustment is sent to a mobile app.
The future: Move by Electricfoxy is a sports top with integrated sensor technology that tells you when you're body is out of alignment
Designed by a team of innovators in Seattle, WA with the help of a Pilates instructor, Move aims to protect anyone practising yoga, Pilates or other sports including golf and baseball, from permanent or chronic injury.
Hip-hop, ballet and contemporary dancers also are listed among those who could benefit from the precision-tracking technology.
As a person transitions from one posture to another or even from a swing to a follow-through, minute inbuilt stretch and bend sensors located in the front, back and sides of the top read the body's position and muscle movement.
Whether the movement is precise, as in a yoga pose, or more expressive and emphatic, as in a hip-hop step, haptic feedback components sewn into the hips and shoulders send small electronic pulses that tap the skin lightly signalling a need for adjustment in position.
Stats and facts: The data received by the sensors sends information to a mobile app so you can keep track of improvements and developments
The data is then collected by the 'etextiles' and sent to a mobile app that logs the progress of your performance over time so you can see how you've improved and what areas might need special attention.
Such innovation is familiar territory for Electricfoxy, the design team behind the ultra tech savvy invention.
Previous creations include a sleek looking metallic ring that determines heart rate and keeps you in the right target zone while exercising; a fashionable improvement on the bulky monitors worn by most athletics enthusiasts.
For this latest venture, Electricfoxy teamed up with Pilates expert Heidi /06/05/article-2155028-1377AEF6000005DC-915_634x510.jpg” width=”634″ height=”510″ alt=”Join the dots: Move is still in its infancy say the company and will no doubt continue to evolve as they continue to research ways to commercialise the product” class=”blkBorder” />
Join the dots: Move is still in its infancy say the company and will no doubt continue to evolve as they continue to research ways to commercialise the product
In a bid to stay faithful to the concept
of graceful, accurate movement, breathable, flexible textiles and soft
contouring were used in the design that also features see-through mesh
panels running through the front sides and back.
As one might expect there are still plenty of challenges for an item of such sophisticated function and questions have been raised pertaining to its potential for mass production.
As anyone who does sport will no doubt already be wondering, how does one wash a garment with sensors inside And how affordable can such a design really every be
As Electicfoxy explain on the site, 'Move is an early concept and prototype. We will continue to explore, refine and evolve this concept as it's just in its infancy.'
For now they are most likely hoping that the ambient, dreamy promo video will keep potential customers interested.