Along with a lot of show, pomp and sports prowess, on display at the Rio Olympics 2016 is a lot of technology. Wearables, to be precise.
Always a hot favorite with all sportspeople and coaches, regardless of the sport they play, wearables are playing a key role in athletic success.
Team USA has a Director of Technology and Innovation, Mounir Zok and he has overseen a steady increase in the number of wearable devices that have made their way into training regimens. He ensures that the US team participating in the Olympics have access to the latest in fitness wearables from innovative startups before consumers can get their hands on them. These wearables give athletes a serious edge when it comes to exercise, training and succeeding.
A few cool ones in use that help elite athletes train and protect themselves –
Think of this as Google Glass for cyclists. The glasses have a heads up display that displays metrics ranging from heart rate to pace and distance, and in real time. This helps the cyclists and coaches leverage real-times. With built-in headphones, cyclists can now ensure they are moving at the right pace and tapping in to their full potential.Vert Jump Monitor
The US women’s volleyball team uses the Vert Wearable Jump Monitor. This wearable can be easily clipped on to clothing or the wrist and can track how high or far the wearer jumps. An accompanying mobile apps helps send the data to the smartphone or smartwatch. This can help athletes and coaches plan training routines lessening over-practice and injuries. It also integrates with social networks.Whoop:
US swimming stars like Ryan Lochte have used Whoop bracelets. This wearable not only tracks the user’s heart rate, sleep and steps, but also analyzes their body for strain and optimum recovery. Its ability to analyze strain and eventual recovery sets it apart. With consistent use and data analysis, Whoop can help reduce injuries, help athletes improve fitness and help them succeed.
The Olympic Committee has also worked with BMW to develop a new wheelchair that tracks metrics like miles traveled and arm stroke frequency for the Paralympic Games.
And the list goes on…
We, at Boston Technology Corporation, are thrilled to have been part of an innovative app that empowered Type 1 diabetics to lead an active lifestyle and train for athletic activities safely . The app, Engine 1 helps Type 1 diabetics make activity-related decisions in real-time with ease. It guides them on good times to start exercise, quantity if food to be eaten during an activity session and the right intensity of exercise to maintain optimal blood glucose levels.
Exciting technology ! Meanwhile, with the games underway, here’s wishing luck to the approximately 10,500 athletes who are competing across 306 events.
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