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New Wearable Technology Shirt Lets You See What Messi Sees

Deb Miller Landau iQ Managing Editor

A Barcelona-based team of engineers has designed a technology-embedded jersey that helps put spectators in a professional athlete’s shoes shirt.

Technology has come a long way at giving us a bird’s eye view of a soccer stadium, say, or a courtside view of a tennis court. Sports photography continues to improve and we watch with fascination: the football player accidentally ploughing into a sideline camera, saltwater splashing on the surf photographer’s lens, basketballs colliding with a tripod or the dirt kicked up from a racehorse’s hooves.

We are happy to watch this outside action, but what if we could experience it all from an athlete’s perspective? What if we could be Messi as he burns up the field, or Venus when she cranks her serve?

“Being in the athlete’s skin is way more exciting,” says Jose Ildefonso, founder and CEO of Team First V1sion, a top 10 finalist in the Intel Make it Wearable challenge. “You’re immersed in the sensations of vertigo, speed and emotion.”

Ildefonso’s team has created a sports jersey integrated with an optical lens and biometric sensors. An Intel Edison module embedded in the back of the shirt picks up biometric data and sends it via Wi-Fi to a remote computer. The shirt allows spectators to “see” through the eyes of a competitor, while picking up valuable measurables from the athlete, like heart rate and blood pressure.

This technology will transform the viewing experience to make watching a sporting event more like starring in your own video game.

Anastasia Pistofidou, the team’s chief of Innovation says, “First V1sion will change the point of view of the whole world.”


Editor’s Note: Make it Wearable is a global initiative introduced by Intel at CES 2014 to inspire new concepts, fuel innovation and evolve personal computing in exciting new ways. This series profiles the top 10 finalists competing for the grand prize of $500,000. Winners will be announced November 3 in San Francisco.


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