Wearable Technology and Smart Clothing to Improve Your Workout
August 25, 2018 (No Comments) by RaileySarah

Wearable technology has always been largely focused on health and fitness. Since wearables emerged, the industry has provided us with more than just innovative smart watches.

Here’s a round-up of the best wearable devices that can help take your workout to new heights.

Livall BH60SE

With stunning routes including the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry, it is no surprise that cycling is on the rise in Ireland. However, that also means that accidents have also increased. 2017 saw the highest number of deaths (15) since 2007, based on data published by Irish Cycle. One of the things that may help is the GPS-enabled helmet, Livall BH60SE.

livall-bh60se-2018

That name might be a mouthful – but it’s a minor tradeoff for the SOS feature. Aside from built-in speakers, a windproof microphone, and navigation features, it also sends alerts to your emergency contacts. So if it detects that you’ve had a crash, the device makes sure that you get immediate roadside assistance. The helmet is also equipped with LED lights for visibility.

Skulpt Chisel

Fancy gyms have scales that can measure body fat percentage and overall muscle composition. But how do you get these metrics without access to these facilities? Skulpt Chisel is a handheld device that analyses how much fat or muscle you hold in certain body parts.

skulpt-chisel

Ars Technica details that it can also highlight the difference between the left and right sides of the body. This means that you can really target each muscle group and aim for symmetry when you workout.

Nadi X

The first ever pair of smart yoga pants, Nadi X uses haptic feedback technology to improve form while you perform each pose. With the accompanying app, the woven-in sensors help ensure that you execute proper technique to avoid any risk of getting injured.

nadi-x-2018

Imagine doing sun salutations at the foothills of the Galty Mountains, and you don’t have access to a teacher or an instructional yoga video. Nadi X will provide the cues that you need to perform each pose seamlessly and optimally.

Halo Sport

Halo Sport is a multi-functional headset that aims to improve athletic performance by tapping into the brain. The headset works through electrical impulses sent to the motor cortex.

halo-sport

It enhances the user’s ability to learn repetitive motion, make more efficient moves, and contract the correct muscle fibres during exercise. For instance, your afternoons at Carr Golf Centre will be better spent if you can actually improve your golf swing.

Lumo Run

Many of Ireland’s running trails are breathtaking, but not everyone gets to enjoy them due to a lack of experience on certain terrains. Lumo Run, a clip-on sensor, provides real-time audio coaching that can help you get through those last few miles up Vico Road before you reach the top of Killiney Hill.

lumo-body-tech

It also sends valuable metrics to your phone including cadence, bounce, and pelvic rotation that can improve your running technique and form.

Hykso

Throwing a punch has never been more scientific with Hykso, a 5.4g sensor that you can slip into your hand wrap. When you box, it records your hand motion and gives relevant data including punch count, velocity, and intensity.

hykso

The data is sent to your smartphone and shown in graph form so you can monitor any performance dips and peaks, and areas of improvement.

Tracking Through the Years

Wearable technology has indeed come a long way. Sport science started with simple tracking technology which was revolutionary at the time. Football manager Sam Allardyce was one of the first to use tracking technology in the early 2000s. He incorporated the use of monitoring devices into competitive sport, and they are now a necessity for improving athletic performance.

sam-allardyce

Since then, more features have been added like the capabilities of the wearables discussed above. This list showcases that wearable tech can be diverse and pushed even further in the coming years.

Similar Fitness Gadgets

Of course, it’s still important to remember that we owe a lot to the first range of products like smart watches, including the ever popular FitBit. Even though similar gadgets have been launched since FitBit was introduced, it’s still included in our list of cool watches to wear this year as it can get the job done and remains user-friendly.

These are the two characteristics that everyday consumers are looking for in tech wearables. Thankfully, many of today’s products deliver.

RaileySarah
RaileySarah is a private fitness coach based in Birmingham who is always on the lookout for outdoor trek and cycling opportunities. When not pounding the pavement, she often writes and posts about anything related to wellness.

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Wearable Technology and Smart Clothing to Improve Your Workout
August 25, 2018 (No Comments) by RaileySarah

Wearable technology has always been largely focused on health and fitness. Since wearables emerged, the industry has provided us with more than just innovative smart watches.

Here’s a round-up of the best wearable devices that can help take your workout to new heights.

Livall BH60SE

With stunning routes including the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry, it is no surprise that cycling is on the rise in Ireland. However, that also means that accidents have also increased. 2017 saw the highest number of deaths (15) since 2007, based on data published by Irish Cycle. One of the things that may help is the GPS-enabled helmet, Livall BH60SE.

livall-bh60se-2018

That name might be a mouthful – but it’s a minor tradeoff for the SOS feature. Aside from built-in speakers, a windproof microphone, and navigation features, it also sends alerts to your emergency contacts. So if it detects that you’ve had a crash, the device makes sure that you get immediate roadside assistance. The helmet is also equipped with LED lights for visibility.

Skulpt Chisel

Fancy gyms have scales that can measure body fat percentage and overall muscle composition. But how do you get these metrics without access to these facilities? Skulpt Chisel is a handheld device that analyses how much fat or muscle you hold in certain body parts.

skulpt-chisel

Ars Technica details that it can also highlight the difference between the left and right sides of the body. This means that you can really target each muscle group and aim for symmetry when you workout.

Nadi X

The first ever pair of smart yoga pants, Nadi X uses haptic feedback technology to improve form while you perform each pose. With the accompanying app, the woven-in sensors help ensure that you execute proper technique to avoid any risk of getting injured.

nadi-x-2018

Imagine doing sun salutations at the foothills of the Galty Mountains, and you don’t have access to a teacher or an instructional yoga video. Nadi X will provide the cues that you need to perform each pose seamlessly and optimally.

Halo Sport

Halo Sport is a multi-functional headset that aims to improve athletic performance by tapping into the brain. The headset works through electrical impulses sent to the motor cortex.

halo-sport

It enhances the user’s ability to learn repetitive motion, make more efficient moves, and contract the correct muscle fibres during exercise. For instance, your afternoons at Carr Golf Centre will be better spent if you can actually improve your golf swing.

Lumo Run

Many of Ireland’s running trails are breathtaking, but not everyone gets to enjoy them due to a lack of experience on certain terrains. Lumo Run, a clip-on sensor, provides real-time audio coaching that can help you get through those last few miles up Vico Road before you reach the top of Killiney Hill.

lumo-body-tech

It also sends valuable metrics to your phone including cadence, bounce, and pelvic rotation that can improve your running technique and form.

Hykso

Throwing a punch has never been more scientific with Hykso, a 5.4g sensor that you can slip into your hand wrap. When you box, it records your hand motion and gives relevant data including punch count, velocity, and intensity.

hykso

The data is sent to your smartphone and shown in graph form so you can monitor any performance dips and peaks, and areas of improvement.

Tracking Through the Years

Wearable technology has indeed come a long way. Sport science started with simple tracking technology which was revolutionary at the time. Football manager Sam Allardyce was one of the first to use tracking technology in the early 2000s. He incorporated the use of monitoring devices into competitive sport, and they are now a necessity for improving athletic performance.

sam-allardyce

Since then, more features have been added like the capabilities of the wearables discussed above. This list showcases that wearable tech can be diverse and pushed even further in the coming years.

Similar Fitness Gadgets

Of course, it’s still important to remember that we owe a lot to the first range of products like smart watches, including the ever popular FitBit. Even though similar gadgets have been launched since FitBit was introduced, it’s still included in our list of cool watches to wear this year as it can get the job done and remains user-friendly.

These are the two characteristics that everyday consumers are looking for in tech wearables. Thankfully, many of today’s products deliver.

RaileySarah
RaileySarah is a private fitness coach based in Birmingham who is always on the lookout for outdoor trek and cycling opportunities. When not pounding the pavement, she often writes and posts about anything related to wellness.

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