Yoga is difficult to master and the poses can be hard to get right. Which way do the hips move? How far do you bend?Yogis and Yoginis try day after day to improve their posture.
Usually, yoga teachers come around and gently make adjustments to your pose with a bit of pressure on the offending body part, but Australian tech clothing company WearableX has created smart yoga pants that give you the feedback you need to make any adjustments yourself.
This fashion based tech startup operating out of Sydney, is now flooding the markets with its latest smart clothing concept. Nadi X combines fitness tights with a custom developed language that interacts with the skin through haptic vibrations. They cost $299 a pair and you can order them now online with shipping due in August 2017.
Finally a wearable has hit the mass market that doesn’t attach to your wrist. The leggings, meant to be worn while practicing yoga, are embedded with fibers that react to the user’s movements, guiding them into positions and helping to prevent injury through a series of vibrations.
With the help of 50-plus yoga instructors, Wearable X spent two years developing the leggings. By using the companion iPhone app and “Pulse” battery that connects to the Nadi X pants via Bluetooth technology, yoginis and yogis of all abilities — from beginners to gurus — can work on their technique. The bean-shaped battery is meant to be clipped behind the wearer’s upper left knee to activate the sensors in the yoga pants. Based on the frequency and intensity of each vibration, the wearer will know to be better anchored in each pose. Nadi X comes in following colors: Midnight (solid), Midnight (with mesh), Black/White (with mesh), & Navy/Gray (with mesh) and four sizes – XS, S, M and L. It comes with an instruction manual which you can check out here. There is a demo video available too.
For Billie Whitehouse, the founder of WearableX, the launch of the Nadi X is the first step in a process she hopes will change how we think about wearables and improve our relationship with performance apparel.
“The entire wearable industry needs to shift away from being this ‘quantified self’ industry. We want to integrate it into daily activities, and for me, that meant it had to be softer, more feminine,” said Whitehouse. “Wearables are a cliché now — but if you’re doing it right, it’s part of the bigger apparel industry. We want to be positioned not just as a tech company, but as a fashion company.” The specific use-case, like a yoga routine, could open a path for new styles featuring this type of fabric technology down the road.