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How the Move Tank Top Works


Tank Top Tool
This won’t hurt a bit, we promise. The final versions of Move won’t be draped with what look like extreme electrical hazards. Instead, tiny wires are tucked away into the seams.
This won’t hurt a bit, we promise. The final versions of Move won’t be draped with what look like extreme electrical hazards. Instead, tiny wires are tucked away into the seams.
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Move is meant to be a wearable digital Pilates tool, one that's designed to significantly improve the way you exercise and train. So it's loaded with technologies much more advanced than those found in your grandma's blinking LED Christmas sweater.

Each Move garment has four stretchable, flexible sensors that communicate with your mobile device wirelessly via Bluetooth. These sensors are composed of threads that can conduct electrical signals, and they're sewn into place on the right, left, front and rear of the outfit. Twist just a fraction of an inch and Move will know -- its sensors are so sensitive they'll track movements of mere millimeters.

It just so happens that activities like Pilates require that kind of precision. If your hips or shoulders are even slightly out of alignment, you may not receive the full benefit of your workout. So, in addition to tracking your movements, Move also attempts to condition you to correct your mistakes by "nudging" any misaligned body parts.

It does so with the work of four integrated actuators that provide the foundation for Move's haptic feedback system. Haptic feedback sounds esoteric, but it's built into many common devices, such as video game controllers and smartphones. It refers to the tactile vibrations you feel when you press an on-screen button or encounter an in-game explosion.

The suit will vibrate in the area where you're making a mistake, so that you know exactly where you went wrong. And for those of you with an aversion to electroshock therapy, understand that these vibrations are gentle, at only about 20 percent of the strength of the notification buzz your phone makes when you receive a new message. When you've corrected your position, you'll receive three more quick buzzes confirming your success.

If all of this makes it seem as though you'll be doing yoga poses while wired up like a subject in a bizarre lab experiment, fear not. Most of the Move vest is made of the same stretchy materials found in other sports clothing, and the minimal wiring is sewn right into the seams. The garment is so lightweight that it can be worn as a foundation for your regular workout clothes, but it's fashionable (and opaque) enough that it can be worn alone, too. On the next page, you'll see more about how Move combines fashion and function into a single wearable digital tool.


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