No 10 – Integrated Smart Garments
“Integrated smart garments help overcome many of the logistical challenges of deploying wearable sensors and enable the data collection and risk assessment experience to become as quick, easy, and comfortable as putting on a shirt,” Join LifeBooster’s Program Manager & Ergonomist, William Thomas, as we discuss the next step in the evolution of wearable tech innovation: the integrated smart garment.
You may be familiar with new, industrial wearable technologies which provide a process for scaling your ergonomic data collection and analysis processes to enhance your overall risk management system. The next step in the evolution of wearable tech innovation is the integrated smart garment, or ISG.
Traditional approaches to ergonomics have struggled with scaling data collection and analysis in a simple and reliable way. The goal of scaling data collection is to have an accurate process for assessing, comparing, and prioritizing risk factors across employees, jobs, and tasks.
Wearable Tech Allows Organizations to Collect Risk Data at Scale
Innovation from emerging technologies, such as Wearable Sensors, helps bridge that gap as a solution for scaling data collection across employees and operating locations. This enables a more inclusive and systemic perspective of risk across an organization. The next step in wearables innovation is the development of integrated smart garments, or ISGs. These ISGs provide the same data collection capabilities as wearable sensors but with the benefit of a more natural, comfortable user experience.
Smart Garments Collect Real-Time Kinematic and Environmental Data
Integrated Smart Garments utilize textile embedded sensors to collect kinematic and environmental data in real-time as employees carry out their job tasks. In market research, employees have shown a clear preference for garments over any other wearable attachment method due to the ease of use and comfort.
Smart Garments Make Deploying Risk Management Programs Easier
Integrated smart garments help overcome many of the logistical challenges of deploying wearable sensors and enable the data collection and risk assessment experience to become as quick, easy, and comfortable as putting on a shirt. This is a powerful benefit that will enable organizations to scale data collection and analysis with less of the challenges that they currently face, all while delivering a solution that the frontline teams can buy in to!
Smart Garments Offer a Natural and Comfortable Experience
LifeBooster and our partner, W.L. Gore and Associates, the Gore-Tex people, are co-developing and bringing to market a line of innovative smart garments starting in January 2022. Our first product is a pocketed base-layer shirt that seamlessly fits existing sensor devices into integrated pockets placed at key locations on the garment. In the near future, we will also bring to market our best-in-class ISG workwear featuring embedded sensor technology. The future of ergonomics has arrived and it’s looking good.
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