What could be simpler than lacing up your shoes and running down the street, or hopping on your bicycle and heading for the mountain? It’s true, getting fit doesn’t have to be a high-tech affair, but as fitness enthusiasts start taking their work outs for seriously, they are turning to the world of technology to help track their performance. Take a look at 9 of the most exciting developments in the field of sports technology.
French start-up, Piq, has partnered with Everlast to develop the Piq Robot – a wearable device specifically designed for boxers. The Piq Robot can measure the speed of a punch and the impact it carries, and boxers can track their progress from their smartphone and adjust their training in order to improve.
Created by Japanese start-up Xenoma, the e-Skin shirt is unlike anything seen before in the field of smart clothing. Designed to be comfortably worn for long periods of time, e-Skin contains 14 sensors which record movements and helps the wearer monitor and improve upon performance.
Suunto Spartan Sports Wrist HR
The accuracy of heartrate monitoring smart watches has come into question many times in the last few years, but Suunto is hoping to address these concerns with the Spartan Sports Wrist HR watch. With a heartrate monitor designed by Valencell, a highly respected company in the field, the Spartan is designed for people who work out regularly. With the ability to track activity across 80 different sports, GPS-route navigation and smartphone integration, our only question is: does it allow wearers to play games at online casinos?
Under Armour SpeedForm Gemini 2
The smart shoe category has a new contender for top dog: the SpeedForm Gemini 2 designed and created by sports clothing company Under Armour. These shoes will track and record data, ranging from the time and distance covered to splits and duration, without having to carry your phone or other wearables.
SafiloX Smart Sunglasses
Safilo and Interaxon have teamed up to create the SafiloX Smart Sunglasses which uses brainwave-sensing EEG, EOG, and EMG technology to deliver cognitive training technology, and is designed to give wearers extra energy and focus ahead of their workout or race. Wearables have never been this sexy!
Under Armour Recover Sleepwear
Along with their debut entry into smart shoes, Under Armour is also working alongside Tom Brady to create range of sleepwear which will assist in physical recovery while they sleep. Using TB12 technology, the print on the inside of the sleepwear absorbs natural body heat and reflects what’s called ‘far infrared’ back into the skin which aids recovery and promotes better sleep.
Halo Sport Neuropriming Headband
Neuroscience and fitness were popular bedfellows at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Halo Sport Neuropriming Headband is no exception. The device, which looks like a set of headphones, increases performance by activating the brain’s motor cortex, which means that communication between the brain and muscles is improved, resulting in a better workout.
SpeedX Unicorn Smart Bike
Not many bicycles have built-in high-tech add-ons which makes the SpeedX Unicorn Smart Bike an exciting development for both jocks and geeks. With a 22” touchscreen which monitors heartrate, distance, incline, cadence, and calories burned, this smart bike also has built-in GPS. Thanks to its Toray carbon fibre frame, the bicycle weighs a mere 2 pounds (900 grams) and comes with a lifetime guarantee.