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A young American company is now offering an innovative collection of smart training garments, which uses sensors in socks and heart monitors in upper garments such as T-shirts and sports bras. These advanced technologies can inform users if their steps are landing the correct way or if they’re keeping a consistent rhythm, among hundreds of other monitoring and health alerts. The Sensoria Running System is a virtual coach or personal trainer that lets us know if we are running properly and safely.
Today, people of all ages are taking better care of their health, paying close attention to food choices and giving much importance to physical exercise. The demand for organic foods, professional sports clothing and training equipment has grown exponentially over the last decade, and now with the emergence of smartphones, there are new technological devices that enhance the exercise experience.
Perhaps the most popular items are Garmin personal watches, which monitor not only the user’s route but also physiological parameters during training sessions. Other brands are also creating this kind of smart devices and there are many apps on the market that also help us monitor our vital signs during exercise. Going a step further, Sensoria developed a set of athletic performance measurement devices, built into different sportswear garments. The integration of monitoring services into clothing items allows the devices to collect more detailed data from the individual users’ bodies, which allows them to make adjustments to their workout routines and reach their goals.
With the emergence of smartphones, technological devices that enhance the exercise experience have flourished.
The Sensoria Running System training kit includes two pairs of socks with various pressure sensors, which allow for a constant reading of the pressure exerted into different areas on the sole of the foot. This information is collected by two Bluetooth components that fit the outside of the socks, above the ankle area, and send it directly to the user’s smartphone. The kit also includes a training shirt, or for women, a sports bra, that holds a heart monitor in the center of the chest, synchronized with the same wireless technology.
All this information is transmitted to a free app, which shows simple graphs and data analysis that is very useful for training, including the precision of our steps, landing statistics, rhythm, heart rate, number of calories burned, the route taken, and much more. Once the goals are set, a virtual coach named Mara will guide us through verbal instructions and commands in case we lose the pace, are treading incorrectly or our heart rate isn’t high enough. If we’re doing everything right, Mara will inform us about the data obtained and encourage us to keep up the good work. All data is stored in the user’s personal account, where it can be organized in folders to compare results.
Modern technology not only grants us the opportunity to get to know the world better but now it also offers us the opportunity to better understand our bodies. If you enjoy running and are tech savvy, do not miss a chance to optimize your routines with the Sensoria Running System. ■