Wearable tech gadgets! We know many of you love them. Some people we know wear their GPS running watches everywhere, weddings and all. If you're new to wearable tech, there's an amazing world of mind-blowing, useful (or not?) tech gadgets for runners. Millions of people are becoming more passionate about being healthy and working out, and turn to the newest gadgets to keep themselves motivated and track progress. This even has a name, if you didn't know - Quantified Self.
Wearable tech is continuing to attract users with its cool, modern features and easy usability. We've come across companies manufacturing wearable tech devices in the fitness and running industry using some really cutting edge technology with a whole lot of creativity. I am sure most of you know Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin at least by name.
With all the spring races and marathons coming up, we wanted to show some of the newest wearables, because let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a hot new gadget that will provide you with a better, faster, smoother and effective run. Buckle up, these tech gadgets are going to knock your socks off (pun intended):
Sensoria Fitness Socks
If you already have tech enhanced running shoes, the next logical step is to buy Sensoria fitness socks. I have found them an excellent way to measure my bio-chemical data, foot pressure, impact force, location and frequency. We'll be the first to say that these babies have the potential of becoming a frontrunner in the field of running tech in the next 10 years.
Located under the socks are pressure sensors. The data from these sensors can be transferred to your smart phone app in real-time through a Bluetooth connection. Small sensors are also incorporated under the heels and the forefeet, which calculate the bio-chemical data of the lower shin via the conductive yarn.
All this tech talk might not be as important as the fact that these socks can be washed a maximum of 60 times and can survive 5 hours without a recharge which certainly make them a potential buy. Previous running data can also be kept stored on the smart phone app for reviewing at a later date or for comparisons.
Not sure how we feel about wearing a special sock to track our running, but we do think it's a cool idea. What do you think, would you or do you wear these?? They also make sports bras and other ways to wear your tracker, sold here on the Sensoria site.
Soleus GPS Pulse + HRM
Here’s yet another new wearable tech, which has functionally evolved from running watches and has specialized features for a niche market. What bugged us out a little is that Soleus isn’t famous for innovative technology and hasn’t introduced any new attributes in this device. Honestly, we hadn't even heard of them before this!
So you might be wondering why it is then included in my illustrious list of wearable tech. A built-in heart rate measuring feature is the why. The GPS Pulse+HRM is a top-level watch which offers runners an option between a Bluetooth and non-Bluetooth version. If you want to transfer the data to your phone, use the Bluetooth or the USB cable to do so. Might we add, these are small-ish and lightweight looking? And all this at a super affordable cost, around $79-229 - great for those of us who hestiate to drop $500-600 on a GPS watch. Buy here.
Milestone Pod V2
Milestone is among the companies that are pushing the boundaries regarding the extent of information that a running wearable tech can provide. If you are looking for an affordable, tiny and simple foot pod that will allow you to lace it into your shoe.
Milestone is bound to become a constant companion for your future runs. Its ability to measure key elements is essential in a stride, during the course of the run. Some of these characteristics include heel vs. toe foot strike, contact time, stride duration and other bio-chemical elements that are recorded and can be viewed after the run.
It's small, it's easy and at $21, you can't go wrong with this one. Buy here.
PulseOn Heart Rate Wristband
Pulse-on can provide features that are completely different from its competitors, which earns it a shining star in my book. Innovative techniques to measure the bio-chemical data and the stride characteristics make this my favorite on the list.
A tiny watch features a heart rate measurement system through the wrist that tracks daily health activities (run or workout) as well as the intensity of the health activity, quantifying it numerically, so that you can record your progress in a graph and review it later. This has helped me to set goals and achieve them.
If you're a runner, you know the importance of a sleek and fashionable design in a wearable gadget. Sometimes, you find a tech which is a treat for the eyes but has useless features. PulseOn , fortunately, is tastefully designed with both simplicity and feasibility in mind.
Here it is on the PulseOn site for $139. Not super cheap, but not too expensive. We like this one a lot mostly because it looks good, and you can wear it anywhere. :) Hey, got to look good running, right? What do you think, like it?
Thync "feel good" sensor
Of course we first heard about this wearable tech device, Thync, from this Sports Illustrated article where it was endorsed by our favorite ultramarathon runner, Dean Karnazes. Here's info from the Thync website, since we don't know much about this new kind of wearable tech:
"Thync uses low-energy waveforms to safely and comfortably signal nerves on your head and face. These nerves signal specific areas of the brain. Neurosignaling is our innovative and proven scientific approach, working in synergy with the mind and body to change the way you feel. A soothing neck massage. A splash of cold water. A kiss from someone you love. Each action influences peripheral nerves in your head and face, signaling brain regions to change the way you feel. Thync works using the same pathways by delivering low-level electrical pulses to these nerves".
We're dying to try this one, but it's not so cheap. Anyone here tried it yet? More info & buy here at www.Thync.com
All of these techs are in high demand by health conscious and fitness enthusiasts. Trust us when we say that they are worth the hype and a sound investment for runners. Measuring your performance with a fashionable, tech savvy device can make all the difference in the world if you are challenging your abilities or training for a marathon. What wearable tech devices do you use for running??