Wearables come in a variety of forms and recently we’ve seen various types of smart clothes, since they are in direct contact with skin, they are meant to track health-related data in a more accurate way and there’s no need for additional bulky equipment to measure these aspects. Sensoria Fitness already has experience with smart clothing, as they introduced smart socks last year. These kind of socks include pressure sensors and magnetic anklets to measure motion. They also have t-shirts and sport bras available that integrate heart-rate monitors that connect to a smartphone using a Bluetooth connection.
As part of the company’s CES 2016 announcements, they mentioned that they will update the companion app and now the web and mobile interfaces will match. The fitness dashboard offers cardio-centric training based on the heart rate measurements, plus, users will get to see additional data like cadence, pace, number of steps taken, distance, and speed to help them know if they’re doing the right exercises to achieve their goals. The platform will provide more data than ever before, so users will get to see their foot impact score and average stride length for each exercise session and summaries in the long term.
Another announcement was that the company is launching a Sensoria Development Kit, which will allow other fitness wearable manufacturers to use the data collected by the company’s smart apparel. With this Development Kit, Sensoria is licensing their algorithms and other components to smaller companies that don’t have the resources to create such technology. The Sensoria Core is a module that sports a low-power processor, storage, 9-axis motion sensor and wireless connectivity. This component will end up replacing the anklet as it is twice as compact and it doubles on battery life. Samsung unveiled their Bio-Processor last week, which is also dedicated to track health and fitness-related data and it can be integrated in many wearable devices thanks to its compact size. Intel also unveiled their Curie chip for wearables recently, so Sensoria’s kit comes as yet another option to use wearable technology in new and meaningful ways. “Our technology platform is suitable for apparel, sporting goods, wellness, and health just to name a few.”, said Sensoria CTO and co-founder Maurizio Macagno.