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T-Mobile Sets Sights on Smart Apparel, Wearable Tech



T-Mobile Sets Sights on Smart Apparel, Wearable Tech

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The tech company recently announced its six participants in the program.

A group of specially selected start-ups is joining forces with T-Mobile to transform 5G into a leader in the wellness industry with smart apparel and wearable tech.

Dubbed as the T-Mobile Accelerator Wellness Technology Program, the six start-ups will work together to advance health technology. The program will work with T-Mobile leaders to produce health wearables, smart glasses for those hard of hearing or impaired, and smart apparel that will improve an athlete’s performance.

T-Mobile’s program will help build, test, experiment, and ultimately launch various 5G innovations. 

The six participants in the fall 2021 T-Mobile Accelerator Wellness Technology Program include formsense, specializing in wearable technology and machine-washable smart apparel, and OLIVER, a sports science mobile app that focuses on soccer and concentrates on injury prevention.

The other members include Shot Scope, a wearable golf improvement innovator, SignGlasses, specialized glasses that enable live sign language for the user, Somatix, a wearable powered by AI and is used to monitor patients remotely, and last but not least, TRIPP, a VR platform that caters to finding calm and wellness. 

Earlier this year, John Saw, EVP of Advanced & Emerging Technologies at T-Mobile, said, “Consumers care deeply about wellness, and that interest continues to grow. 5G is a powerful enabler, helping us to more deeply understand our own health and stay better connected to services that improve our quality of life.”

The 5G-powered tools that the program hopes to create will help revolutionize the tech industry to advance health and wellness. With the wearable tech industry anticipated to be valued at $265.4 billion by 2026, it makes sense that T-Mobile would set its sights on this sector. 

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Aside from the goal of advancing health, wellness, and tech, T-Mobile has ventured to virtual reality to promote education in an unprecedented way. T-Mobile recently revealed that their 5G network enabled a VR human cadaver lab at Fisk University, enabling up to 20 students in a lab at a time. Such an addition will allow this platform to be used for surgical training in the future and VR courses that will enable students to “visit” previous eras. 

Earlier this year, T-Mobile also announced that it was working with Georgia Institute of Technology to launch a 5G Connected Future incubator program. The lab will help innovators and start-ups design and test the tech of the future. Powered by T-Mobile, it uses its Extended Range 5G and Ultra Capacity 5G network to help assist creators. The facility also includes an Innovation Center and even an autonomous vehicle test track that spans 3 miles.  

The T-Mobile Accelerator has previously worked with 75 start-up companies and has raised over $96 million. The program asserts that 80% of the past participants, referred to as T-Mobile Accelerator Alumni, are still in business.

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