New Scientist magazine reports this week that a Dutch research team have designed tactile sports garments, called Haptic clothing, which have already been tested on rowers.
"Sensors in the garment monitor the speed of the athlete’s movements. If the rower deviates from the optimum speed, vibrating pads prompt the wearer to use more of certain muscle groups."
“The feedback can be understood by the person much more quickly than if they are getting shouts from a human trainer,” say researchers.
"So far, the clothes have been tested on athletes using rowing machines in the laboratory. The researchers have also designed a vest for speed-skaters with vibrating pads at the shoulder and hip, which provides instant feedback on skaters’ movements as they hurtle around the rink. Similar clothing could alert soccer players to posture problems as they strike the ball."
In all, I've catalogued over 100 examples of smart clothing and textiles with amazing novel capabilites, like the example above.
ETA: This area of research will likely explode into numerous commercial launches over the next year or two.
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