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The FitnessSHIRT captures several cardio-related metrics and sends them wirelessly to a mobile device or PC.(Credit: Fraunhofer IIS)There’s an old Swedish saying that cyclists often like to paraphrase: There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Now, a new smart shirt seems to suggest that, indeed, clothing has the potential to not only affect how we weather the weather, but how we maintain our health, too.The FitnessSHIRT, which was developed at the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen, Germany, may be available sometime in the next year. It uses conductive textile electrodes integrated into its material to capture cardio activity — including breathing, pulse, and changes in heart rate. The shirt employs an elastic band designed to sense chest movements associated with breathing.

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