Wearables are having a moment. Over the past year, professional athletes, coaches, and trainers have recognized the benefits of wearable technology. With wearables, athletes can see real-time data that focuses on their bodies’ strengths and weaknesses. Because of the immediate reward of this data, top athletes have integrated a wearable of some sort into their training schedules. In an effort to see just how many athletes are relying on this technology, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most interesting wearable technology being used by Olympic athletes.
Fighters are sporting a Hysko sensor inside their hand and wrist wraps this year, so they can see the areas they need to improve on with both speed and throwing targeted punches. The Hysko uses two independent accelerometers and a gyroscope to capture the full body of motion.
Track & Field
The Kinematix Tune wearable is assisting track athletes this year. The data gathered throughout the runners’ training sessions is sent directly to their smartphones, where they can see patterns and running forms relevant to them.
Worn by the U.S. Olympic cycling team this year, Solos is the smart eyewear that gives real-time data through a pupil-sized tiny display on the glasses. Data measured includes speed, cadence, heart rate, calories, distance, and elevation. The Solos eyewear includes voice prompts and microspeakers, so they can communicate from their coach on the ground.
VERT, worn by all the ladies on the U.S. Olympic women’s volleyball team, clips or is attached to a belt onto the players’ waists, and measures and counts the jump heights of each player. This is already proving useful as a team building tool, because players are covering for each other's weaknesses.
Athletes of all types will be suiting up in the Hexoskin smart shirt tech wearable at the Olympics this summer. That’s because the shirt has integrated sensors that can measure heart rate, breathing, pace, and even the electrical activity in their hearts, much like a real-time echocardiogram.
Many Olympic athletes will also be wearing a ring. Made by Visa, the ring lets Olympic athletes pay for anything in Rio de Janiero this year is by waving their hands over a sensor. The ring is a simple dark metal design, never needs to be removed, and doesn’t need to be recharged regularly.
After putting this list together, it was evident that we are only just discovering what wearable technology can do for us. It will be an interesting to see all of the changes and improvements to wearables over the next few years. Keep watching our TCC Talk YouTube channel to stay on top of the best in wearables.