Soon your device will tell you if your garment is wearing out.
Patently Apple recently discovered that Apple was granted 22 new patents. While that in itself is nothing new – we all know Apple’s love of patenting stuff- but one of those patents points to a future where your device will be able to tell you if the garment you own is wearing out.
The patent is called ‘smart garments’, and for now, will be implemented into Nike shoes, although the patent does mention “authorized garments” like shirts and slacks. The ‘smart garment’ sensor will send “tracked garment usage and detected wear patterns to the external database.” It will then alert the user if their garment is reaching its expected lifetime.
The patent could also be tied into a “virtual coach” that would provide real time feedback to a user after a run, comparing their results with a pre-built template.
The patent might not be limited to the Nike + iPod running shoes tie-up, as it states ““Outdoors endurance activities have become very popular not only because they are enjoyable and healthy, but also because they provide opportunities for competition, camaraderie, and a structured regimen. It would be beneficial for an individual participating in an outdoor endurance activity such as running, cross-country skiing, in-line skating, or outdoor swimming to be able to monitor his or her performance in metrics such as speed, distance, slope, elevation, equipment used (thereby correlating an individual’s performance to particular running shoes, for example).”