June 29, 2015
As a runner (or, someone who occasionally likes to believe she’s a runner) and as a person who loves pretty much any device that helps me quantify myself, I am very intrigued by the newest product from Kinematix: a wearable device for runners called Tune.
Tune claims to help runners improve their performance by offering detailed analysis of their technique as well as customized exercise plans. The product is an insole that fits inside your sneaker. It has a built-in electronic sensor for monitoring that connects with smart phones and smart watches. Here are a few of the features that Tune offers:
- Monitors the movements of both feet at the same time right out of the box.
- Provides a post-run analysis that will show the evolution of the runner’s technique throughout a run, and over a longer period of time.
- Includes a customized exercise plan that is designed to improve exactly the movements and muscles needed to improve the runner’s technique. The Tune app even shows the runner how to do the exercises
- Measures the balance/symmetry between the left and right feet
Kinematix, the company behind Tune, is a Portuguese technology company that studies human movement and collects data to provide detailed analytics as tools for improvement. They were founded in 2007 and currently have 25 employees. They are obsessed with body movement and are currently one of the leading companies sensing feet.
If this piece of wearable tech works the way they say it will, it could really help lower the number of injuries that are prevalent in runners due to poor running technique. Most running injuries are due to user error, if you will, and are completely avoidable. Sometimes runners get injured by over-training, sometimes by not warming up properly, but poor running form is also a major cause of injury.
Kinematix will soon be launching a Kickstarter to bring Tune to consumers.
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