The Move project aims to create a range of clothes that don’t just do all of the regular things that workout clothes should do, like allow your skin to breathe and ensure you’re super comfortable, but they also improve your posture, your workout and essentially the way you move.
Developed by designer Jennifer Darmour, the concept technology works by embedding four “stretch and bend” sensors into your clothing at the front, back and sides of your body. These sensors then read your positioning and movement, assess whether everything is correct and if it isn’t you’ll feel a slight buzzing in the offending area, which is the more mature equivalent of an instructor shouting “DO BETTER” at your face. Once you’ve realised what you were doing wrong you’ll then get three nicer little buzzes to tell you you’re now on the right track.
The sensors also send data via Bluetooth to your mobile, where an accompanying app will help you analyse how you’ve been moving and which parts of your body tend to cause the most problems. It’s designed to be really simple to use, so you can see animations of how your muscles have been working and importantly track your performances over time.
For now the Move technology is ideal for workouts that require very precise movements, such as yoga and pilates, but Darmour believes other sports could benefit from this kind of technology too, maybe if you’re trying to get the perfect golf swing, or improve your posture when you’re playing baseball.
The technology doesn’t just ensure you’re creating pretty shapes either, the more precise you are the faster and more efficient your moves will be, decreasing the chance of injury in the process.