Why the smart shirt on your back could be greater than the tracker on your wrist
Smart clothing isn’t quite ready yet. Back in 2014, Gartner predicted that the shipment of smart garments in 2016 would hit 26 million, overtaking fitness trackers by 7 million units in the process.
Fast forward to 2017 and while we don’t have precise figures on whether connected kit has been flying off the online shelves, it’s a fair assumption to make that we still have a way to go before everyone is walking around in heart rate monitoring shirts.
That’s not to say there’s been a lack of companies wanting to take smart clothing mainstream, Polar unveiled its Team Pro Shirt for sports teams earlier this year, startup Wearable X is launching its Nadi X smart yoga pants and there is of course Project Jacquard and the collaboration between Google and Levi’s to build a smart denim jacket for commuters.
So smart clothing has exploded yet, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited. There may be lots of people weighing up the decision whether it’s time to invest in smart clothing instead of a wrist worn fitness tracker, so here’s a few reasons that could persuade you to ditch the Fitbit.
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