[Wareable.com] Smart underwear, elderly wearables and other cutting-edge health tech on the way
A recent report by Juniper Research predicts that the rise of smart clothing will surpass the growth of conventional activity trackers by 2022. While the sales of clothing-based wearables is forecasted to jump more than 550% in the next five years, the activity tracker market is only set to grow by 20% in the same time span. Hoping to ride on such future success is Canadian startup Myant, maker of SKIIN smart clothing.
“We knit sensors and actuators directly into the clothing in a way to make them feel just like normal clothing,” says Steve Aitken, Director of Product at Myant. “All our products are being designed to look and feel just like everyday clothing and textiles you’re used to using.”
It will open up a wide variety of new use cases, like regenerating astronaut’s muscles while on the long trip to Mars
The SKIIN platform measures heart rate, temperature, activity, hydration and body fat. In January, the company opened up pre-orders for its first consumer product: smart underwear.
But Myant has plans to go far beyond fitness-tracking skivvies, with the eventual goal to integrate actuators (eg electric muscle stimulation, compression, heat) for medical and gaming applications.
“The combination of sensing and actuation will open up a wide variety of new use cases for SKIIN’s products, like delivering remote therapy, adding the sense of touch in AR/VR worlds, or regenerating astronaut’s muscles while on the long trip to Mars,” says Aitken.