Even with all the hype about the “intersection of fashion and technology,” you don’t often run across clothing that gets written up in Vogue, WWD, and Wired. However, Nadi X yoga pants from Wearable X seem to tick a lot of boxes for both the fashion-forward and technology junkies—and even some yogis.
The company calls their product “Nadi X Pant & Pulse,” and its “vibrational feedback” is less salacious than it may sound. Technology embedded in the pant — powered by a battery behind one knee — communicates with a smartphone app that recognizes the yoga position the user is attempting; the app sends electronic nudges via Bluetooth to help perfect the pose.
The pant comes in solid Midnight, Midnight with mesh, as well as black and white, and navy and white with mesh (shown). It lists for $299 and is expected to ship in August.
One of us has a friend who has studied for years to be a yoga teacher. His response to Nadi X was: “Interesting,” which is a lot more enthusiastic than we usually hear. With 36.7M US yoga practitioners in 2016, this is hardly a small niche market. Although keep in mind: The pants appear to be only for women and go up only to size L, with a 27-inch waist.