MyZone just launched the smartest bra and t-shirt ever AND improved its app

Exciting things from Wearable Tech Show part 1

To London, for the Wearable Technology Show. It's the CES of wearables, except considerably smaller, and in Docklands rather than Las Vegas. Leading fitness-tracking hardware and app brand Myzone pretty much stole the show with a bra and a tarted-up app. Go figure.

Thetried-and-tested Myzone heart-rate strap now comes in the more universally appealing form of a (washable) compression top and bra with conductive fabric over your heart area (or 'between your tits', if you're a layman). Just clip on the (non-washable) Myzone sensor, and off you go.

The cardio data from the sensor is processed by the Myzone app, allowing you to see what heart-rate zones you're working in, when working out. There's also a social eco-system that lets athletes of all levels compete against each other, from "semi-pro" to "T3's Spencer Hart" levels of fitness, seeing progress on a motivational scoreboard online and in Myzone-friendly gyms around the world.

That's because the app monitors effort as a percentage of potential, so an elite athlete might need to, let's say, run 10k in 30 minutes to achieve the same Myzone score as Spencer doing one press-up (these are approximate figures).

The myzone app has been considerably tarted up, and now boasts a much less clonky UI, in-app music streaming (via Apple or Spotify), chat and sharing of pictures of your healthy lunch.

The bra and compression top are made by Sensoria of smart socks fame. It too was at the Wearable Tech Show, showing off an upgrade: the sensor that pairs with its smart socks to track your running cadence and balance is now about the size of a button, as opposed to the enormous first model, which made it look like you were on day release.

Duncan Bell

Duncan is the former lifestyle editor of T3 and has been writing about tech for almost 15 years. He has covered everything from smartphones to headphones, TV to AC and air fryers to the movies of James Bond and obscure anime. His current brief is everything to do with the home and kitchen, which is good because he is an excellent cook, if he says so himself. He also covers cycling and ebikes – like over-using italics, this is another passion of his. In his long and varied lifestyle-tech career he is one of the few people to have been a fitness editor despite being unfit and a cars editor for not one but two websites, despite being unable to drive. He also has about 400 vacuum cleaners, and is possibly the UK's leading expert on cordless vacuum cleaners, despite being decidedly messy. A cricket fan for over 30 years, he also recently become T3's cricket editor, writing about how to stream obscure T20 tournaments, and turning out some typically no-nonsense opinions on the world's top teams and players.

Before T3, Duncan was a music and film reviewer, worked for a magazine about gambling that employed a surprisingly large number of convicted criminals, and then a magazine called Bizarre that was essentially like a cross between Reddit and DeviantArt, before the invention of the internet. There was also a lengthy period where he essentially wrote all of T3 magazine every month for about 3 years. 

A broadcaster, raconteur and public speaker, Duncan used to be on telly loads, but an unfortunate incident put a stop to that, so he now largely contents himself with telling people, "I used to be on the TV, you know."