ERT, the leading cloud platform solutions provider delivering clinical and scientific innovation through its patient-centric data collection and intelligence solutions, today announced the grand opening of its state-of-the-art Innovation Lab. Located in ERT’s Boston facility, the permanent Lab will open on Tuesday, February 9.
Attendees of the Grand Opening will see demonstrations and displays of how today's technological advances can benefit clinical research, including Hexoskin®, a health monitoring smart shirt used to improve athletic performance and monitor vital statistics. Once fully explored in the Innovation Lab, the Hexoskin smart shirt may prove beneficial for a wide range of clinical research uses, including sleep disorders, respiratory disease, and rehabilitative therapy.View full article →
The Australian Defence force recently held it's second Innovation Day at the Australian Defence Force Academy on October 19th, 2015, focusing on technologies that will serve to enhance human performance. The Army Innovation Days were commenced in 2015 with the aim of facilitating direct engagement between the Army and industry on leading technologies that can be accessed in the short-term or inform major capability initiatives over the long-term. Hexoskin Australia had the opportunity to showcase Hexoskin's body metric measurement and reporting capabilities through a number of drills, providing crucial insights into human performance.
To read more about the Australian Defence Forces Innovation Day please see the Magazine excerpt at the following link: Army Innovation Day Excerpt.
Washington, D.C. (January 12, 2016) -- Hexoskin and SensorUp have partnered to showcase an internet of things-based system designed to help keep first responders safer. The project was funded by the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate to demonstrate how integrating existing Internet of Things sensor technologies using a standards-based approach can support first responder missions. The technology was demonstrated at DHS S&T headquarters in Washington, DC. Hexoskin smart shirts worn by first responders collect first responders’ biometrics in near real-time (one-second delay). When a first responder in the field approaches a critical state, situation managers are alerted, and can respond to the danger immediately.View full article →
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW -- Hexoskin, the Canadian-based world leader in smart clothing design and intelligent software for health and performance, has selected the Bluetooth® Smart-based EZ-BLE™ PRoC™ module from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NASDAQ: CY) for use in its Hexoskin Smart biometric-tracking shirts.View full article →
Montreal, Canada (January 5, 2016) - Hexoskin, the world leader in smart clothing design and intelligent software for health and performance, today announced the release of the new Hexoskin Smart clothing system at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Available for pre-order now on the company’s Indiegogo page, Hexoskin Smart utilizes Bluetooth Smart technology, making Hexoskin Smart the first shirt compatible with Strava and other popular health and fitness tracking apps used by more than 200M worldwide.
Montreal, Canada (December 15, 2015) – In a second round of financing, angel investors from Anges Québec and Anges Québec Capital fund have invested $1,320,000 in Hexoskin, a world leader in digital health technology. With previous investments of $730,000 of seed capital in 2012 and $255,000 in 2013, along with an additional $933,000 in a first round of financing from Anges Québec in 2014, Hexoskin now has raised over $3,200,000 dollars in private funding. This recent investment will allow the Quebec startup, which designs and manufactures smart shirts for health tracking distributed on five continents, to pursue its exponential growth overseas.
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CNET - July 7th, 2015
The tight black tank top beamed a signal to my smartphone, chronicling every data point about my breathing, heart rate and movement.
All while I slept.
By the time the sun came up, my phone had produced colorful charts showing every time my heartbeat quickened (interrupted sleep from 5:44 to 5:45 a.m.), the calories I burned tossing and turning (220) and the precise moment my breathing was most relaxed (4:28 a.m.).
These days, biometric sensors can be added to the fabric of just about everything we wear -- from shirts to shorts, hats to shoes, and everything in between. The smart shirt I slept in doesn't come cheap: The Hexoskin shirt and 2-inch-long power and recording module cost $400. For a lot of us, that makes the Hexoskin and products like it interesting novelties. But for other people, including professional athletes, the information may be worth the price.
"You buy this shirt because it gives you data about yourself that you can't get anywhere else," says Pierre-Alexandre Fournier, CEO and co-founder of Montreal-based Hexoskin.
Welcome to the world of sensor-enhanced clothing, which promises to put a whole new spin on dressing smart.
Complete article: CNET
Financial Post - July 7th, 2015
"When Pierre-Alexandre Fournier takes a breath of air, the image of a pair of lungs lights up on his smart phone showing how often and how much he inhales. A graph shows his pulse jump with every heartbeat. He’s also monitoring how much he moves, how many calories he’s burning, and when he goes to bed he’ll be able to collect information about his sleep patterns.
The co-founder of Montreal-based Hexoskin, Fournier said not too long ago getting all this information would have meant being hooked up to a tangle of wires and sensors. Today, he’s wearing a T-shirt with biometric sensors sewed right into the fabric.
“After studying different possibilities we found out that if we wanted to put sensors on people, the best way to do it is to make it part of what they wear every day,” said Fournier.
Hexoskin looks a lot like a regular Spandex sports shirt and is plugged into a recording module about the size of a pack of gum that’s carried around in a pocket. The module sends information to a computer or smart phone via Bluetooth so it can be monitored in real time.
Fournier and business partner Jean-François Roy started Hexoskin in 2006, financing the company through grants, private investments and sales.
Less than two weeks ago, the company’s shirt became the first piece of “smart clothing” to be sold by Best Buy Canada.
“It’s an important milestone, said Fournier. “We feel that we’ve completed a cycle from product design to manufacturing to selling it online and directly by reaching a very large retailer.”
The shirt is entirely designed and made in Canada. In fact, Hexoskin is the first Quebec-made product to be sold by Best Buy."
"Best Buy is ready for Canada Day with the availability of the Hexoskin smart shirt for purchase. The recent Hexoskin Apple Watch update allows for recorded real-time body metrics compiled by the smart garment sensors to wirelessly transmit feedback to the smartwatch complete with scientific grade data delivered to your wrist screen. Signing up elite athlete superusers and telling their ultimate fitness tracker stories is a new Hexoskin marketing campaign. The Sports Techie blog community readers and followers might be familiar with Hexoskin from our previous blogs you can link to here, Hexoskin. This pioneering Canadian sports technology company’s invented products designed to provide health insight as to how you can live longer, healthier and happier lives. Now go make it so on Canada Day."
"Before Darby Jack leaves his house in Brooklyn to bike to his office in northern Manhattan, he checks the air in his tires and grabs his keys, wallet and helmet.
Lately, he sometimes takes a lot of other gear, too: a heart rate and respiration tracker, a portable blood pressure cuff, and fancy air monitors that measure pollution, developed by one of his colleagues at Columbia University.
Jack has been doing test rides for a study he and his team from the Mailman School of Public Health and Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory are launching with WNYC. The equipment he wears generates a time-stamped record of which roads, bridges and bike paths have greater and lesser amounts of fine particles. These particles are mainly produced by combustion in cars, buildings' heating units, and various industrial settings.
Fine particles, many of which are made up of black carbon, are linked to a wide array of heart, respiratory and other health problems. Using statistical models, city health officials estimate fine particles cause more than 2,000 premature deaths and 6,000 emergency room visits and hospitalizations each year. Most of those are in vulnerable populations: the very young, the very old, and people with conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease and hypertension.
But actually measuring fine particles, particularly at the level of specific streets, is tricky. Measuring how many of them get into the lungs is even trickier. And linking that exposure to health outcomes is trickier still."