This technology meets fashion marriage is about to change your yoga workout in a big way.
If you haven’t heard of Wearable X yet, it’s only a matter of time. This Sydney-born, New York-based wearable tech company have long been navigating the fashion-meets-tech world and is becoming more accessible with each design.
The company's latest offering - Nadi X - is about to turn the practice of perfecting Yoga on it's head.
Their line of activated smart yoga apparel brings awareness to your form with embedded technology. The pants have been designed to assist the wearer through a variety of yoga positions via an app which connects Bluetooth to sensors within the pants.
Company co-founders Billie Whitehouse - the daughter of Whitehouse School of Design Founder and creative director, Leanne Whitehouse - and Ben Moir burst on to the tech fashion scene with their breakthrough ‘Fundawear' - vibrating underwear.
They've come a long way since then, moving onto a variety of lauded and awarded tech-meets-fashion pieces in the sports arena.
"We have seen technology affect fashion in multiple ways," Billie says of the innovations that came before them.
"From Velcro to nylon, technology has been a constant evolution and part of fashion's history.”
The exponential increase in technological advances have continued to inspire and benefit their designs, she says. Here's everything you need to know about their latest offering.
How does Nadi X work?
Concealed within the fabric around the ankles, behind the knees and up towards the lower back are five small areas of multi-node motion sensors. These communicate via Bluetooth with your phone to direct you through poses, postures and beyond, tracking and correcting your every bend. The sensors can detect what pose the wearer is in, and the haptic motors embedded in the pants give directional feedback on where to focus your attention.
By mapping the body angle, vibrations are set off in places where incorrect alignment is detected, designed to bring a greater conscious to your form, resulting in a more productive yoga session, and less injury along the way. So perfeting downward dog, just got a whole lot easier.
Who can wear Nadi X?
"The pants were built for all levels of yoga from beginner to guru," explains Billie.
When a beginner uses the app, not only do they get feedback, they learn the step-by-step process of the pose, she explains.
"There is also the option of our guided flow in the app that a yogi novice could use when directing a class for example."
With 30 poses to choose from and playlists to match, the Nadi X make a perfect companion for those solo at-home sessions or those particularly packed classes you may not be granted an audience with your instructor.
What does Nadi X feel like?
For each posture, pulses vary. But unlike having a drill sergeant trainer sweating over you, these gentle little nudges are akin to a light tapping of fingers, designed to encourage, not discourage, form, ensures Billie.
How much will they set you back?
High-Tech at a low cost is not a reality just yet. The Nadi X Pant & Pulse - shipping in September - costs $299. So you'd want to be dedicated, or at least hell-bent on getting your bends right – to invest. For soke it may be worth having your finger on the fashion pulse, right?
What's next for Wearable X?
While Yogis are the first to get a taste of this fashion forward active wear, budding boxers and runners could also soon be enjoying the benefits.
"We are exploring more areas where this will be useful," says Billie. "People are very interested in using something like Nadi X for boxing or running. That being said, 2018 will be a very exciting year, but we don't want to give too much away!"