If you’ve been paying attention to the world of wearable technology over the past couple of years, and since you are on this blog you probably have, you can’t help but notice the propensity of smart watches and smart bands. They usually offer similar functionality, tracking your vitals and workout routines. However, what if you don’t want to strap on something new in order to get this functionality? The holy grail of wearable tech, after all, is being able to do a bunch of new things while feeling as though we are just wearing what we usually wear. That’s where this Ralph Lauren creation comes in.
Ralph Lauren may be headed up by the titular 74 year old man, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be hip to new technology. Their just announced line of ‘Polo Tech’ shirts marry form and function in a skin tight design that will probably encourage a hefty fitness regiment even without a suite of microchips. Don’t worry, though. This shirt has got them, microchips, in spades. It works similarly to a fitness-based armband, only all of that tech is squeezed into the shirt so you don’t have to wear anything but the thing you’d be wearing anyways. It measures heart rate, breathing, movement and more. The info is then, as usual, sent to a related smartphone app for instant perusal. The shirt’s sensors are housed in a tiny black box, which you can see in the photo above. Reps from the company say this box will shrink in future iterations.
Also, it must be noted, the company has also stated they will be pumping this tech into dress shirts which will launch later this year. There has been no word offered as to what use that would be, being as how most people tend to not work out in their Sunday’s best. Maybe that’ll all change this fall, though.