Top Five Olympic Wearables In Rio
After erupting and blasting the global scene over the past tow years, wearable technology has reached the momentum of delivering substantial innovation, and there is no better place to detail on the latest tech progress than this year’s Olympics in Rio.
A showcase of wearable tech developed in specialised labs across the world, by teams of researchers and engineers looking for solutions to maximise the potential of their athletes but let’s take a closer look and see how wearable technology has enhanced their performance this year.
1. Olympic Wearables – Nike Aeroblades
This amazing piece of performance enhancing technology comes from Nike, in the form of small, 3D printed kind of fangs, called AeroBlades.
The idea is to improve the airflow around the runner by reducing the air drag and expenditure. The “teeth” can be worn as a studded tape or embedded directly into the apparel, able to shave valuable milliseconds from the runner’s time.
From the 10.000m British runner Mo Farah to the US 4x100m relay team, these teeny fangs have been the key in providing that extra edge at the Rio Olympics this year.
2. Olympic Wearables – Hykso
Hykso is nothing new, but Rio Olympics brought it back to our attention. An innovative bit of boxing technology, Hykso is a smart sensor worn inside the fighter’s wraps. The wearable tech device uses the boxer’s movements to track and calculate the number of punches thrown, alongside with the speed and the types of punches.
The startup behind the smart sensor has as a Co-founder an athlete well versed in both, the boxing and Olympics business: Tommy Duquette a real boxer from the United States. The sensor provides the wearer with a detailed breakdown of the workouts and training sessions, saving the coaches hours of time in the video room.
More than that, the technology can be used on the sidelines in the future to understand better the power behind the punches and the potential dangers involved.
3. Olympic Wearables – Solos
Solos is an awesome pair of glasses with a built-in HUD display designed for professional cyclists. The glasses come with a “pupil display” that sits right in the eye line of the wearer allowing them to see key metrics such as heart rate, power, speed, and cadence in real time, as they go.
More than that, if not needed, the screen can disappear, with a slight adjustment of the gaze, clearing the path and allowing the cyclist run with no distractions.
Also, the Solos glasses feature dual microphones and speakers, allowing the cyclists maintain full on communication with their coaches during the training sessions.
4. Olympic Wearables – LumiWave
LumiWave is the tech answer to pain, clinically tested and used by athletes all over the world, mostly for its no side effects.
U.S. gymnastics team used the LumiWave device to treat minor joints and muscle pain. The device is portable and has eight “pods”, and each one of them emits infrared lights with the therapeutic effect such as increasing the blood flow and providing short-term pain relief.
LumiWave is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a device for “the relief of stiffness, spasms, minor muscle and joint pain.”
5. Olympic Wearables – Whoop
This sleek piece of technology has been spotted around the wrists of top athletes in Rio this year. From James Lebron to Michael Phelps, this little bracelet is the next step in fitness trackers. Whoop wristband analyses the wearer’s sleep, recovery, and level of fatigue, in real time.
The recorded data is then used to determine how the athlete could enhance the overall performance and avoid overtraining. Whoop can connect to a smartphone or computer soon to be available for all of us, not only the top athletes and Olympians.
These five examples of wearable technology are showcasing a flourishing relationship between science, fashion and sports, setting the pace for an interesting future.
It has become evident that wearable technology can work in harmony with the human body and help not only the athletes but all of us, on our journey, in our everyday tasks.
From 3D printed headgear to ultrasonic swimsuits and computer designed racing spikes, wearable technology has the potential to improve not only the wearer’s experience but also the human performance.
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