Wearable technology devices – part 2

This article on Wearable Technology Devices, Part 2, follows Part 1 which precedes this on the New Millennium Business blog at



NuMetrex is the originator of heart rate monitoring apparel, having introduced the first game-changing heart rate monitoring sports bra in 2005, followed by a cardio shirt for men and heart sensing racer tank for women in 2007.

  • Has been producing heart rate monitoring fitness gear since 2005; athletes have been using heart rate training to improve performance since the 1980′s. There are a lot of perks to getting in touch with your body via fitness tracking – you’ll be able to exercise safely, ensure that your workouts are as efficient as possible, and coach yourself through the ups and downs of your training plan. “Although it sounds pretty scientific, heart rate training isn’t as complicated as you might think – and it’s certainly a great way to track improvement!”
  • apparel is unique – it utilises a special e-textile with electrodes knit directly into the fabric. The fibres pick up your heart rate and feed data to a compatible electronic device, such as a smart phone, watch, or bike computer, via your heart rate transmitter, which snaps right into the garment itself. “Instead of struggling with a cumbersome chest strap that slips and chafes, you’ll be able to monitor your heart rate in comfort.”
  • garments feature a soft, second skin fit for great performance and total accuracy –  compatible with many of the most popular heart rate monitors on the market, such as adidas miCoach, Zephyr HxM, Polar WearLink, and Garmin Premium strap.
  • Can use heart rate monitor with a watch or cardio machine – or a compatible smartphone app, like adidas miCoach, which provides personalised training based on your unique exercise needs. Good for athletes of any level.
  • Quick-drying nylon/Lycra® fabric provides support and freedom of movement while improving moisture management and airflow.





Lumobody Tech

lumobody tech back tracker band around the waist..vibrates when slouching, connected to a tracker app..visual feedback..passive and active feedback

data by itself is not enough..it's how you turn data into actionable and meaningful feedback that is useful to the user..sitting for too long, other tips you can try..health and wellness

basis band…heartbeat, skin sensors, actual physiological signals..know what's happening inside the body with your activities..healthy habits based/ trained on behavioral psychology..based your metrics on automatic detection..understands lifestyle and set goals..

track physical activity



LG's Lifeband

Lifeband Touch and LG Heart Rate

  • can pair up to an iOS or Android device, enabling observation of your performance in a friendly and comfortable way.
  • Compatible with popular fitness applications such as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper.
  • earphones use PerformTek technology which allows the device to precisely monitor one’s heart rate inside the middle ear.
  • 3-Axis Accelerometer measures acceleration forward, backward and side to side.
  • can also measure maximum oxygen consumption, which is important for professional athletes.


Sony's Core

  • life logging device – includes the movement and sleep patterns that other devices offer and also apparently, have the ability to track social and entertainment interactions you might have as well as locational tools to provide the fullest picture yet of what you did over the course of a day.
  • “the tiniest gadget Sony has ever made” — the life-tracking Sony Core.
  • capable of tracking your motion in addition how long you sleep.


Omegawave Personal

  • Omegawave's sensors use EKG (electrocardiography) to track the heart's electrical activity.
  • can analyse the status of the human body in just two minutes, looking at all the different factors that contribute to performance.
  • provides guidance to coaches and to athletes in order to optimise  training results.
  • main view of the application gives an overall summary of your body’s training readiness.
  • tells you the status of your cardiac system readiness on a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 indicates full recovery from your previous workout.
  • gives advice for your next workout session.


  • Resting heart rate



    • Stress level, resulting from both physical and mental load
    • Recovery pattern, showing recovery from previous training and whether you are at risk of overtraining
    • Adaptation reserves, telling you how ready your body is to adapt to physical exercise again
  • over time, you can see a trend view for all the readings…how your body has reacted to various types of training.
  • metabolic view shows your ability to perform in the aerobic and anaerobic heart rate zones.

Team Performance:

  • provides a 2-minute assessment showing each individual athlete's status with the following:



    • Cardiac readiness
    • Metabolic readiness
    • Central nervous system readiness
    • Gas exchange readiness
    • Detoxification readiness
    • Hormonal system readiness
  • validates training philosophies and helps manage future training with the goal of ultimately improving athlete's performance. 
  • makes it easy to see how varieties of training have impacted the athlete's readiness to train and perform over time
  • https://www.omegawave.com/


NeuroSky and InteraXon

Market headset devices with electrodes that supposedly sense the brain's electrical activity by using electroencephalography (EEG). These devices are supposed to be used to control games and apps, as well as to monitor a person's stress level or mental state

Emotiv EPOC EEG device uses a saline solution to boost the electrical signal. If used correctly, Emotiv's device can give "some quite reasonable EEG.


Eye tracking technology

Used variously to study/examine

  • how golfers can improve their putting game.
  • soccer players' perception-cognitive skills.
  • soccer players' visual search strategies.
  • rugby players' visual search strategies.
  • Skiers’ capacity for ‘mind-bending’ moves.
  • the importance of visual awareness in self defense
  • reaction time training, gauging reaction time to obstacles
  • track basketball players' free throw success rate, (anxiety impairs goal-directed attentional control)
  • eye tracking ability to hold one's focus on a specific location, which can separate the elite from the near-elite athletic performer.

Also helps drivers reach their peak performance and learn to improve their visual skills




Other Benefits of Wearable Technology:

  • Real Time tracking of Player Biometric and Performance Data
  • turn data into sports analysis
  • gain high level perspectives on how to create actionable and coachable using player data
  • Sensor technology, M2m, sports fitness and safety -can lead to sports safety
  • Quantifying yourself – do all those fitness wearable devices, health details and graphs really make a difference to your Health.
  • fitness tracker
  • provide coaches with information regarding speed of players, how long each individual has ball possession, their distances covered and several other factors that contribute to overall performance.
  • protecting the health of athletes who may be susceptible to injury.
  • monitor the health of players in terms of heart rate and fatigue and potentially prevent injuries from unfolding during the game.
  • Baseball- pitcher’s effectiveness, arm movement and technique, allow coaches and pitchers to make necessary adjustments during the game to prevent injuries from occurring.
  • evaluate the performance as it unfolds can provide athletes and coaches with more tools and mechanisms to fully understand the strengths and weaknesses of the pitcher, while simultaneously ensuring the players’ health and avoiding the risk of injury.
  • giving athletes and coaches the ability to measure performances as they unfold and make adjustments during the game will not only lead to increased quality of play, but can prevent devastating injuries from occurring.
  • Products are already being tested to assess which players are more likely to suffer from impact to the brain, with the use of helmets with sensors.

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Eric Winton

Director, New Millennium Business

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