OMsignal wants to make your workout t-shirt connected too

OMsignal wants to make your workout t-shirt connected too
OMsignal is a startup that wants to change your favorite workout t-shirt to a smartphone-connected one. "Clothing is the only type of wearable you've been wearing your whole life. Clothing also allows us to access biological functions where they actually happen." - explains OMsignal CEO St├ęphane Marceau, and that sounds pretty reasonable.

OMsignal's shirts are made to the standard of high quality sport garments. They feature a band around the chest that's woven with conductive thread. It transfers electrical signals to a gadget that somewhat resembles the anti-shoplifting plastics attached to clothes in the mall. This little black box snaps onto the t-shirt and feeds your smartphone bio-metric data from its accelerometer, gyro-meter, and magnetometer over Bluetooth. It tracks the user's heart rate along with the way the chest expands and contracts with breathing. This way, OMsignal is able to measure estimated stress level, breathing regularity, and other data that's off-limits to the current crop of fitness trackers.

The last piece of the puzzle is an app to show you all this data. It can act as a personal coach, estimating whether your heart rate is sufficient for losing weight or you are moving too fast, for example.

Currently, OMsignal offers four types of men's shirts in six colors, while a ladies' collection is underway. The prices are steep, though - a shirt and a fitness-tracking black box will run you $200 during May (then the price goes to $240), while additional shirts cost $100 to $140. Shipping will start in the summer.



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Because everyone needs a single super expensive t-shirt instead of a gym membership.

2. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

what if someone was over weight and then went lean and thin, what a waste of this shirt

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Sounds COOL.

4. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

I'm not wearing clothing my WHOLE life...

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

That is awesome. I applaud your bravery at joining a nudist camp!

5. pixel8or

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 10, 2010

I'm wearing NOT clothing my whole life...

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

And you too! You must be friends with Random. He is also going to a nudist camp. Great courage, fellows.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.