Why the future of smart clothing is all about feeling

WAREABLE, JUNE 2017

Both technology and fashion companies have been experimenting with connected garments for a few years now.

Even now, as more and more brands create tech-enabled clothes with embedded motion sensors, haptic vibrations and NFC smarts, they still seem reserved for very specific uses. Like high-end tracking for those serious about their fitness or more accurate monitoring for newborns.

To bring smart clothing to a mainstream audience, companies need to create garments that aren’t just tech-enabled, but are also comfortable, stylish and engineered with different bodies in mind. It’s not impossible, but it’s a feat few seem to have got right so far.

One brand that might have managed to tick all of those boxes is Wearable X. We first spoke to Billie Whitehouse, co-founder of Wearable X, back in 2015 about some of the conceptual designs for smart garments she and her team were working on. Fast-forward two years and Wearable X is finally set to launch its first product, Nadi X.

These tech-enabled yoga pants use haptic feedback in order to perfect your posture and practise your pigeon pose. Of course, like other smart garments already on the market, they’re aimed at those taking part in a specific activity.

We spoke to Billie Whitehouse, the co-founder of Wearable X, about the development process behind Nadi X, how haptic technology is being used and the challenges of creating smart clothing geared to a normal lifestyle rather than a sports field.