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Ever since heart rate monitors became mainstream over 20 years ago, there hasn’t really been any sort of advancement in live biofeedback until recently. Aside from how the information is transmitted, we still strap on a HR monitor to measure the same ol’ heartrate. Sometimes that’s on your wrist now, but mostly still the standard chest strap. But with all the new sensors telling us what we’re doing with the bike, wouldn’t it be nice to know a little more about what your doing with your body?

Check out what new wearable tech from Aio Sleeve can do now… and in the future. Plus, women’s apparel line Nakeid, reveals their new gear…

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The Aio Sleeve by Komodo Technologies houses a sensor that takes in a lot of information and even lets you switch songs.  Though it has many of the features you may find on an activity tracker, it adds some impressive new features. The standout is the ECG sensor. In addition to pulse rate, it will map what your heart is doing throughout its beat cycle. Our heart rate and power output only tell us so much. What we really need to know is how our body reacts to the varying outputs we ask it to do. Not only is this informative for your training, it’s also a way to possibly prevent a cardiac episode should there be an undetected issue. Sadly, we know several otherwise super fit folks that have suffered major heart attacks or similar issues while out riding, and this might have caught the issue before it was too late.

Except for the ECG, the current features include what you may see on most activity trackers like sleep & movement patterns and a calorie counter. Future items like a blood oxymeter and body temperature will add to that to show recovery status and overall well being, plus a barometer, air quality monitor and UV sensor to let you know if you should actually head outdoors.

Check out their Kickstarter to get one early.

NAKEID

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Covering slightly more of the body than that arm band is the new women’s apparel line from Nakeid. Their website lists the tech as “Transmittable chips are easy to use and wear in the clothes or armband. They allow to monitor your activity, calculate calories, measure pulse and prevent from the dangerous heart diseases”.

Features listed include:

  • Control health condition and predict heart and blood pressure diseases
  • Measure the atmospheric pressure/VOC and control
  • Put alarms/reminders
  • Predict alarm situation in the building
  • Develop cognitive thinking with the help of training programs
  • Track the person in the building (distant control over elderly people or kids)

We’ve reached out to Nakeid to see what in the world this actually means and will update as we get it.

So what’s next? Helmets with brain activity monitors? Will Strava let us smack talk about each other’s lactate thresholds? Regardless, the increasing number of live metrics we can monitor is on the rise and more and more companies and start-ups are jockeying for position.

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Allan
Allan
6 years ago

Without any kind of proper medical training, what good does the intricate heart rate “cycle” data tell us? The last thing we need is people being on-bike heart surgeons, diagnosing heart abnormalities without any kind of medical training or education. If this data can be presented to an actual doctor, or is prescribed by an actual doctor, this device could be quite beneficial, but having the average Joe wearing something this complex, and trying to interpret anything from the heart data is foolish.

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
6 years ago
Reply to  Allan

Yes, and simply visually reading the entire recording to look for abnormalities would be impractically cumbersome. However, there are software tools available for EEG that will identify and flag abnormalities without needing to visually inspect the entire recording. If something similar exists for EC/KG then it could spot signatures of known possible problems for athletes (and I emphasize POSSIBLE problems), which could then be brought to the attention of a medical professional in the unlikely event that they occur. Obviously the algorithm would need to be good enough to avoid the majority of false positives, but this would help to avoid the classic difficulty of detecting sporadic problem that often won’t occur on demand in a Dr.’s office.

Antipodean_eleven
6 years ago

And one has to ask the question… when is someone going to stop and ask just how much data is too much and what’s really the point of all of it???

TheKaiser
TheKaiser
6 years ago

Very true. This is often the case where tech is developed first and only years later is the utility value found, if at all. We can be thankful, I suppose, for early adopters funding that possibly fruitless process that sometimes gets things to the point where they have value for a larger percentage of the populace.

wop womp waahhmp
wop womp waahhmp
6 years ago

i’m not a “steel is real” curmudgeon- but jeezus, people… just ride your bike. its not THAT complicated.

yeesh.

Larry
6 years ago

Dear Readers,
My name is Larry Goren, CEO of Komodo Technologies creator of AIO Sleeve.
First, I want to say thank you to all supporters of our project on KS, Bikerumor is by far most supportive community for us.
TheKaiser, you are absolutely right about cumbersome of data that coming from ECG analysis and as we using prototypes on daily basis we noticed that it is nearly impossible to analyze that data day by day. We are currently working on 2 things to extract out of it:
1. Heart Rate irregularity (missing beats) will create alert to end user pointing to time when and what exactly happened.
2. Heart Rate abnormality (irregular beats per time frame) separate alert with details.
Both had been pointed by cardio doctor we consulting with.
Again, we are not claiming medical grade of our device, and doubtfully we will seek FDA approval (we are financially not a FitBit:-)
The major point in ECG integration was ability for end user to be notified of any abnormalities even false positives (aren’t doctors make mistakes). In this case the least person can do is to approach his family doctor and ask for more testings.
Without it you really have no idea what is happening.
Please, guys correct me if we wrong.
By the way we placing preproduction run by the end of this week regardless of KS funding results.

Vincent Antony
6 years ago

I think it’s a cool device. If the developers put the effort into making something that works as intended, and the software in the background alarms as intended, then this is great tech.

Cycling is a hobby for life. At some point all of us will reach an age (if you haven’t already) where your hobby that once never posed an issue, could in fact turn out to be your downfall. As someone who has studied physiology I find these tragic stories, that are to date anomalies without warning, somewhat fascinating and scary. This device is a solution to problem for a particular age group and/or individual with a particular genetic disorder. Heck, a pro rider just died last week from a heart attack and he was in his early 20’s!

People this device is a potential life saver.

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