Wearable tech

A Shocking Development in Sportswear

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Wearers don't have to move a muscle.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Wearable Life Science’s Antelope suit could be a breakthrough product that brings wearable tech to the masses.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • Wearable tech includes equipment from smart watches to heated cycling shorts.
    • The WLS suit has electrodes in it that stimulate the user’s muscles as they move.
    • It will cost €1,300 ($1,400), compared to €15,000 for a traditional non-movable device.
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It’s an unlikely line-up for a start-up company: a management expert, an investment banker, a fitness studio boss, an electronics engineer and a sports scientist.

But then Wearable Life Science has had an unlikely idea, electrical sports clothing, and it’s causing a sensation in the sports industry.

The founders of the Nuremberg-based company have developed a full bodysuit complete with in-built electrodes that stimulate the wearer’s muscles. The idea is that athletes who are training for a competition or patients undergoing rehabilitation can effortlessly use the electrical impulses to build up their muscles. The impulses cause muscle fibers to contract, mimicking the effect of repeated stretching of fibers during exercise.

The muscle-stimulating technology is not new and neither is the fact that such impulses can help to tone and regenerate muscles. The novel thing about WLS’ suit is that it can be used while the wearer is in motion, and not just when they are in a stationary position at a gym, as is the case with current machines.

The traditional devices require users to stick pads to their bodies using a liquid film. These pads are then connected to a generator beside them, which sends electrical pulses to the pads. But the WLS suit only requires users to put it on and connect it to a small, mobile control unit.

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