WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE DEVELOPED TOWARDS THE SPORTS AND HEALTH SECTORS ARE BRINGING NEW INITIATIVES ALONG WITH THEM.
According to the research done, the wearable technology market will reach a sales volume of over 10 billion dollars by 2020. Important advances in the healthcare sector as well as apparel devices designed to measure the health conditions of professional athletes play a major role in the development of this market. The most important health investments that will mark 2016 and after will be focusing on sleep monitoring. Techniques developed for sleep and sleep environment will become widespread.
TECHNOLOGIES THAT STOOD OUT IN THE OLYMPIC GAMES
The 2016 Rio Olympic Games highlighted new wearable technologies that gradually measure the health conditions of professional athletes. The US team of gymnastics has benefited from a device called LumiWave’s Infrared Light Therapy to treat small muscle and joint pain. Each of the eight compartments in the device emits infrared rays into the body tissues. This feature of the device not only helps the blood flow but also provides a short-term pain relief effect.
The device, which came to the rescue of the gymnasts in the Olympics, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for “ease of use” as it provides temporary relief for small muscle aches, spasms, and small joint pain. The US women’s volleyball team used the Vert Wearable Jump Monitor among these technologies during the Olympics. With the device attached to their jerseys, how high, how far and how often the players could jump were measured. This device, which is also used in athletics, prevents the athletes from losing energy because of excessive performance.
Another popular subject of the 2016 Rio Olympics was the American cyclists using Solos smart glasses. The most important feature of the eyewear is that it presents information such as heartbeat, rhythm, and distance traveled simultaneously to the bikers.
NO MORE PAIN
The development of wearable technology screens and batteries is no longer enough. The new generation wearable technology products now offer more. Adopting the principle of eliminating physical agony and chronic aches, Quell aims to facilitate everyday life with this vision. Quell removes also the symptoms that chronic pains cause. Quell uses Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) to alleviate the pain. Regardless of where the pain is, the mechanism is attached to the calf. The process is done through an electrical current. You can get information about Quell’s battery status via its mobile application.
Brain trauma is one of the most important injuries an athlete can face. We are talking about a critical period that can cause loss of consciousness for a long time and even result in death of the athlete. Hiji Band, which can detect the brain trauma risk, comes out as an intelligent band with impact sensors. The athletes using the Hiji Band receive an audible warning through a sensor located on the band when they have a serious impact on their heads. The tape sends the speed and the location of the impact as real-time data to the mobile application. Thus, the head injury of the athlete is determined and the necessary precautions are taken.
ALL YOUR DATA IS CALCULATED
Tritonwear, which has been developed for swimmers by a Canadian-based technology company called Tritonwear that draws attention with its special designs for athletes, is attached to the back of swimmer’s glasses. Tritonwear, which measures more than 12 variables such as the swimming speed of the swimmer in training, the number of throttles, the length of the rest time, the distance swam underwater, and the total distance swam, sends real-time data to the trainer’s smart phone. Thanks to Tritonwear, both the swimmers have a better chance of analyzing their deficiencies and the coaches who want to evaluate the performances of the swimmers are presented with a different platform from which they can observe the athletes from all angles.
Another successful example on this subject is the Athos performance outfit. Dhananja Jayalath and Christopher Wiebe from Waterloo University have found the solution in the Athos performance outfit because they could not hire a private trainer even though they wanted to shape their bodies. Athos is a working outfit that analyzes your body movements and adds meaning to those movements. This design calculates muscular effort and activity, heart rate, breathing frequency, recurrences, right-left balance, tempo and form. Athos suit is a combination of two pieces: a sweatshirt and a short. These two parts use sensors to monitor muscle activity in 22 muscle groups.