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Wearable Technologies Innovation World 2013 winners

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Moticon? wearable technologies? sensor? flash memory? accelerometer?

Although it is featured in the Sports & Fitness category, the Reebok Checklight head impact indicator could certainly be extended to other safety applications. Worn as a thin skullcap under or without a helmet, the Reebok Checklight integrates an accelerometer and a gyroscope to measure the force of impacts that the head can experience during contact sports.

A green, yellow and red LED system resting at the base of the neck indicates that the device is on, moderate impacts, or more severe impacts, respectively. The system also logs the total number of impacts. This helps coaches monitor their athletes, with an indication as for when they should sideline an athlete for further injury assessment.

Reebok Checklight

You can think of American football, hockey, rugby, but also all sorts of martial arts.

In the Sports & Fitness category, I really like the MBody shorts for real-time muscular activity monitoring. Developed and commercialized by Finnish startup Myontec Ltd, the sportswear integrates built-in textile sensors that measure the wearer's electromyography (EMG) signals of various muscle groups, quadriceps and hamstrings, on both legs. The electrical currents generated by the muscles during their contraction are then analysed to provide feedback on muscle performance, in any training environment.


The shorts come with a compact electronic unit that also logs the heart-rate, speed and altitude. Through a wireless connection, the data can be followed on a mobile phone either during or after the exercise. Myontec not only targets sports enthusiasts, helping them improve their techniques, muscular balance and efficiency, the product could be useful in occupational ergonomics to offer bio-feedback on repetitive work or heavy load handling. Rehabilitation and well-being are other interesting applications, gaming feedback and control could be developed.

From June 2014, developers and innovative start-ups will be able to enter the next Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup.

- Julien Happich
??EE Times Europe

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