Vital Threads, Biofeedback T-shirt

Sean Montgomery is a scientist with expertise in neuroscience. Although his PhD is in neuroscience, he likes to experiment with all sorts of bio-signals.

He developed the Vital Threads Biofeedback Apparel which basically is wearable electronics that you can wear everywhere and express some of your biological signals.

1_Vital_Threads tee shirts-001In 2010, New York is playing host to the Maker Faire, a gathering of hackers and tinkerers of all kinds. Tech Observer sat down with Sean Montgomery of Produce Consume Robot to discuss a hat that measures brain waves, a wristband that acts as a lie detector, and a T-shirt that reads the wearer’s heartbeat and displays it on their clothing as pulses of light.

The garment has sensors read the wearer’s EKG and produce flashes of light in time with the person’s own heart. Shown worldwide as biofeedback art, the first commercially available Heart-felt Shirt debuted at the World Maker Faire 2012. The t-shirt is cleanable but not washable and runs on three AAA batteries.

Check out the video interview with The New York Observer

The idea behind the concept is that wearing it intensifies the feeling of life and rhythm, while at the same time reminds people of their electrical and mechanical roots. It’s a way to see how the body reacts in social situations or even during exercising. It’s truly amazing how much the heart responds to social interaction and yet is almost entirely ignored as it meters our life.

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