ICYMI: Highlights in Sports Technology from CES 2017
For 50 years, the Consumer Electronics Show has been lauded as the go-to event for emerging technologies. It’s considered by many to be the most important tech trade show on earth, with cutting edge inventions make their debut in multiple industries. This year, CES welcomed the world’s biggest companies in addition to hosting more than 600 startups at the Eureka Park Marketplace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event, which took place Jan 5-8th, drew in its largest crowd to date. Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM said, “CES 2017 shifted to a new level as large and small companies from around the globe gathered to reveal solutions for many of our world’s most challenging problems.”
The sports and fitness industries have made big strides in utilizing technology for training, tracking, and metrics on performance over the past few years. These developments also stretch into health as athletes and enthusiasts alike use these technologies to better their engagement and wellbeing. Many sport categories were in attendance – from boxing and football, to running and cycling – there was something for every one regardless of athletic skill level.
Highlights from CES 2017 include
- Samsung Wearable Devices. These devices work to support Under Armour’s fitness apps. The collaboration between these companies was announced at the CES 2017. All four of the apps – UA Record, MyFitnessPal, MapMyRun, and Endomondo – are part of Under Armour’s “Connected Fitness Suite” and will work in tandem with Samsung Gear Fit2, Gear S2, and Gear S3 products.
- The first in-ear body monitoring system for athletes made has made its debut. This device tracks multiple vital signs, such as core body temperature (CBT), heart rate, Vo2, speed, distance, and cadence. With wearables in such high demand, what differentiates this device form others is not only the depth of what can be measured when used by athletes looking for a complete set of performance metrics, but also where the device is worn – in the ear. This proximity brings the device closer to the brain allowing more accurate reads as it picks up and records changes.
- LeEco Smart Bikes. Two new connected smart bicycles will hit the U.S. market later this year from Chinese tech company, LeEco. The LeEco Smart Road Bike and LeEco Smart Mountain Bike offer Android 6.0-powered BikeOS with four-inch touch-screen displays. These “smart bikes” are powered by a rechargeable battery, have navigation capabilities, ride logging and allows online and offline music to be played. Another interesting feature is walkie-talkie communication with other nearby LeEco smart bikes.
- Everlast and PIQ. An artificial intelligence-powered wearable device for boxing has launched by Everlast and PIQ Sports Intelligence. In addition to launching the first wearable device designed to help boxers analyze their movements in real-time, the two companies are also collaborating on an app. Many other sports have used data, apps and AI in one way or another to help users measure performance and train better – boxing now has that option.
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