Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




SPACE TRAVEL
Sporty tech gadgets put data in users' hands
By Rob Lever
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 8, 2015


Olympic cycling medalist Dotsie Bausch is hooked on data, and she wants everyone to know it.

Showing up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show as a spokeswoman for the medical technology group Masimo, Bausch offered a demonstration of her cycling skills and the data she uses to train.

Getting good physiological data for training is important in a sport marred by numerous doping scandals, said the 2012 Olympic silver medalist who kicked a drug habit before her sports career.

"I don't dope because I don't want to cheat. But you want to use every fair-game device available," she said following the demonstration using Masimo's fingertip monitor for oxygen saturation and pulse rate using infrared sensors.

"The goal is to get the most out of a workout and still recover so you can do it the next day."

Masimo spokesman said the systems use "a hospital-grade device which we have brought to the consumer."

One of the big themes at this year's Las Vegas event was the marriage of technology and sports. The Consumer Electronics Association, which organizes the show, estimates Americans alone will spend $1.8 billion on fitness and activity trackers this year.

But CES exhibitors were showing off devices and services that go far beyond the simple fitness band.

Unveiled at the show, the AmpStrip by US-based Fitlinxx is a patch that sticks to the body for anywhere from three to seven days and measures heart rate, activity and stress.

"It was designed as an aid to fitness enthusiasts," said Fitlinxx's Doug McClure.

"The need has to do with understanding how you are training. Overtraining leads to injury. By wearing this 24/7 we can understand how much stress your body is under."

- Digital coaching -

California startup Zepp Labs showed its device, the size of a bottle cap, which can be attached to a tennis racquet baseball bat or golf club to collect data to analyze one's swing, and compare it to that of professionals.

The data is fed into a smartphone app that allows the user to visualize his or her motions.

"We're not just giving you data, we want to help you get better," said Zepp's Bill Lucarelli, as he showed the product in Las Vegas.

While several similar trackers are on the market, Lucarelli said the quality depends on the expertise behind the app.

"It's all about the software and the algorithm," he said.

California-based Blast Motion offers a device for baseball, basketball and other sports, also using a tracking device.

"You can play basketball and see your metrics," said Blast's Donovan Prostrollo. "And a great feature is that when you have a good score you can tweet it to your friends."

Epson, the Japanese electronics giant, used CES to introduce its M-Tracer golf swing analyzer. The tracker, which slips onto a golf club, takes measurements of the golfer's swing speed, backswing and other characteristics to offer advice.

"The target market is someone who is passionate about the sport, who already has good gold skills, or someone who is taking lessons," said Epson's Randy Bergstedt.

- The shirt's the thing -

Garments meanwhile are also being developed with these same sensors, woven into the fabric, eliminating the need for other kinds of wearable activity trackers.

"The next hot wearable is the shirt," said Ramon Llamas, analyst with the research firm IDC. "It's a wearable that's already wearable, and it's useful for pro athletes or weekend warriors."

Several activity-monitoring garments were on display at the show including shirts and socks.

British-based development firm Cambridge Consultants showed its connected shirt with sensors woven into the fabric, virtually unseen. The prototype can be adapted for use in sports including tennis or golf.

"There is a large gap between what you can collect with a wrist band and the system that professional athletes have," said developer Martin Brock.

"With this you can measure one's motion not just on your wrist but on your entire body.

The thin wire blended into the garment allows it to be "washable, waterproof and robust," he said.

"It's reaching toward the idea with wearables where there is no (visible) technology, it's just the garment."

French technology firm Cityzen Sciences meanwhile showed its connected shirt, the technology for which will be used by Japan's Asics in future sportswear.

The garments provide data "which can be analyzed to see people's well-being, their health risks," said Cityzen's Herve Rannou.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
Space Tourism, Space Transport and Space Exploration News






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SPACE TRAVEL
Electronics show a window into the 'Internet of Me'
Las Vegas (AFP) Jan 05, 2015
New technology is getting more personal. So personal, it is moving to connect and analyze our movements, our health, our brains and our everyday devices. Welcome to the so-called Internet of Me. One of the major themes at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is connecting thousands of objects that people use each day - clothing, cars, light bulbs and home appliances. ... read more


SPACE TRAVEL
Chinese spacecraft to return to moon's orbit

Russian Company Proposes to Build Lunar Base

'Shooting the Moon' with Satellite Laser Ranging

Moon Express testing compact lunar lander at Kennedy

SPACE TRAVEL
Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

Inflatable 'Donut' to Bring Astronauts to Mars

New Project Scientist for Mars Rover

New analyses suggests water binds to sulfates in Martian soil

SPACE TRAVEL
Consumer tech show spotlights gadgets for healthy living

Electronics show a window into the 'Internet of Me'

Sporty tech gadgets put data in users' hands

GAO denies Sierra Nevada protest, OKs NASA crew contracts

SPACE TRAVEL
China launches the FY-2 08 meteorological satellite successfully

China's Long March puts satellite in orbit on 200th launch

Countdown to China's new space programs begins

China develops new rocket for manned moon mission: media

SPACE TRAVEL
SpaceX sets new launch date

Astronaut feels the force

Student Scientists Persevere, Ready to Launch Experiments to Space Station

ISS Crew to Raise Toasts for New Year's Eve 16 Times

SPACE TRAVEL
SpaceX to attempt rocket, cargo launch Saturday

Arianespace confident current and future launcher family will meet needs

Rocket glitch forces SpaceX to abort landmark launch

Summary of 2014 Civil and Commercial Launches

SPACE TRAVEL
Eight new planets found in 'Goldilocks' zone

Gemini Planet Imager produces stunning observations in its first year

CfA: Eight New Planets Found in "Goldilocks" Zone

Volunteer 'Disk Detectives' Classify Possible Planetary Habitats

SPACE TRAVEL
Electromagnetic waves linked to particle fallout in Earth's atmosphere

Uruguay receives mobile border surveillance system

3D printing could revolutionise war and foreign policy

Why some geckos lose their ability to stick to surfaces




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement All images and articles appearing on Space Media Network have been edited or digitally altered in some way. Any requests to remove copyright material will be acted upon in a timely and appropriate manner. Any attempt to extort money from Space Media Network will be ignored and reported to Australian Law Enforcement Agencies as a potential case of financial fraud involving the use of a telephonic carriage device or postal service.