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Since the advent of numerous gadgets like smartphones and laptops from reviews and ratings, humans have moved a lot less. Manufacturers have had to… create gadgets that will fix the problems from previous gadgets! They will make people jump more, run more, and necessarily share their successes in all the same gadgets…
But seriously, smart gadgets for health and sports have opened wide opportunities for stabilizing the condition and improving physical fitness. These are professional and amateur sports equipment capable of raising the level of training by an order of magnitude, these are gadgets for health monitoring, as well as smart clothes and accessories for athletes facilitating training.
Smart sports equipment
Since the advent of the Zander Institute in the 19th century, the world’s first gym for the elderly and sick, a myriad of mechanisms have been created to restore and maintain health. But during training, the athlete had to constantly count the number of repetitions, memorize the number of approaches, monitor breathing and heart rate. With the development of information technology, sports equipment itself was able to take on this task.
So, the smart basketball Wilson X Connected Basketball counts the number of times you hit the hoop, and at the same time it counts points for three-pointers and other shots. The miCoach SMART BALL displays ball speed and spin characteristics on your smartphone, which is useful for practicing slashing, twisting and other kicks.
Smart skipping ropes can count the number of repetitions and calories spent, and some models do not even contain a rope. This is an interesting solution, considering that no one wants to whip his legs with the rope or knock something down with it in a confined space!
Tennis players developed their own sport gadgets – smart rackets with built-in sensors. Beginners can use inexpensive models that mainly count the number of strokes, and for pros there are more serious gadgets.
Thus, the smart racket Babolat Play and Connect determines the accuracy and strength of a stroke, the reaction to rotation and other valuable information for the tennis player, as well as creates a program to practice the necessary skills.
While it’s hard to classify smart trainers as affordable and available in stores, the list of smart gadgets for athletes is growing rapidly. Those who want to pump their muscles can use smart dumbbells, gymnasts will be pleased with a smart mat, cyclists will be helped by a helmet gadget, and swimmers can count laps and measure the distance with smart nozzles on swimming goggles.
Smart clothes and shoes for athletes
The first attempts to combine clothes with electric elements were made a century and a half ago. Then it was invented to wear on clothes working from batteries electric bulbs, which was used in a variety of shows.
But the big leap in this direction began in the era of development of wearable computers, when engineers and representatives of fashion were interested in this topic at the same time.
The very idea of smart clothes and shoes, capable of measuring many vital parameters, helping to communicate with friends from a distance or attract attention, was very impressive.