Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt

Ralph Lauren has introduced a piece of biometric apparel that does not have any additional components - just the shirt.

(Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt video)

What spectators will see this week is a slick, form-fitting black athletic shirt, the Ralph Lauren polo pony emblazoned on the front. What they won’t see is the conductive silver-coated thread that is woven discreetly into the fiber, one that, according to the company, makes that shirt the first item of tech apparel to be introduced by a mainstream fashion label.

No, the shirt won’t answer your smartphone, fire your ignition or get you a date. What it will do, among its varied functions, is monitor your heart rate, breathing and stress levels, collecting data that is displayed on a dashboard, phone app or computer screen — all that without compromising its racy good looks.

“We want to control the technology and make it applicable to our life in a way that is refined and comfortable,” Mr. Lauren said.

That is, no distracting hardware, not a disk, wire or tube in sight.

“Nothing clunky that you have to strap on,” he said. “You’re just putting on a shirt.”

I think sf writer Rudy Rucker accurately predicted the Ralph Lauren Polo Tech Shirt in 1988:

Della's first present was an imipolex sweatshirt called a heartshirt…The heartshirt was an even dark blue, except for a few staticky red spots drifting about.

"It can feel your heartbeat … look..."
(Read more about Rudy Rucker's cool heartshirt from Wetware [1988])

Via NYTimes and Ralph Lauren.

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