Salvatore Angelone has gym equipment in his Fremont, N.H., house that didn’t exactly get a workout. But last April, the financial services project manager donned a “smart shirt” made by OMSignal, a technology company that works with fashion brands. “It was a game changer,” says Angelone, 52. “I’m in the best shape of my life.”
The form-fitting compression shirt keeps sensors in place close to his body. They monitor biometric data and relay it to a mini-box that interprets the information and transmits it to an app on an iPhone, iWatch or iPod he sees in real time. Besides measuring steps, heart rate and calories like other fitness trackers, the shirt monitors Angelone’s breathing rate and depth, stress levels, exertion and past performance against how he’s doing that day. “You can go to a gym or lift weights in the basement and see changes over time, but this gives me that immediacy,” he says.