Wearable Technology Makes Its Way To Rio 2016 Olympics
The 2016 Rio Olympics will introduce several wearable devices that change the way athletes train, how we view events, how payments are made and how attendees protect themselves.
According to Network World, there is no shortage of tech at the 2016 Rio Olympics event. Athletes use various wearable gadgets to help them stay fit and train. From jump trackers worn by the volleyball team to heads-up displays used by cyclists, there are plenty of wearable gadgets that have made it this year to Rio.
U.S. cyclists are wearing a kind of Google Glass for athletes, called Solos smart glasses. The glasses come with a small heads-up display that shows various metrics such as cadence, pace, heart rate and distance.
Cyclists are helped in their training, as they know if they are moving at their projected pace thanks to the data that appears in real-time The Solo smart glasses also feature built-in headphones for a more pleasant training. On a full charge the wearable gadget can run for around six hours.
Athletes with the U.S. gymnastics team are using a device called the LumiWave's Infrared Light Therapy for treating minor joint and muscle. The device beams infrared light into body tissue via its eight "pods." The infrared light provides short-term pain relief by helping to increase blood flow.
The LumiWave's Infrared Light Therapy wearable device has already been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. U.S. gymnasts already have access to it now and for the general public the device is on pre-order starting at $449.
Wearables devices also provide analytics data to help athletes train. For instance, according to PCWorld, the U.S. women's volleyball team is using a device called the Vert Wearable Jump Monitor that tracks how far, how often and how high each player jumps. ,
According to MobileIDWorld, Visa is also testing out new wearable payment technologies at the Rio Olympics. The organizers have allowed the company to set up at Olympic venues about 4,000 NFC POS terminals. Compatible wearables have been distributed by Visa to athletes.
Rumors Suggest Apple Watch 2 Will Come With 'One Glass Solution' Display
Tech experts speculate that Apple will implement "one glass solution' display in its second generation wearable device Watch 2.
Smartwatches, Fitness Trackers Can Leak Sensitive Info
Fitness trackers, smartwatches and other wearable devices pose security risks.
Android Wear 2.0 Update Not Expected On Moto 360
Motorola has announced that the original Moto 360 smartwatch will not receive the Android Wear 2.0 update.
Warren Buffett Enters Wearable Tech Industry, Invests In Smart Jewelry
Billionaire Warren Buffett has entered the wearable tech industry with an investment on smart jewelry maker Ela.
Graphene Enters Fashion Industry With 3D Printed Dress That Lights Up When You Breathe
Scientists and fashion designers from CuteCircuit have created the world's first ever Graphene dress.
Pregnancy Wearable Device, Bloomlife, Which Monitors Contractions, Are Now Available
Bloomlife is the first and only device that allows women to measure pregnancy-specific parameters. Pregnant women can stick the device to their baby bump on their third trimester to measure contractions by reading the electrical activity of uterine muscle.
MORE IN ITECHPOST
The Role of Technology in Education in 2019
2019 is proving to be another great year for trends in educational technology. There are many upcoming trends that seem to have a bearing on the future of the sector with respect to technology.
New Retroreflective Material Could be Used in Nighttime Color-Changing Road Signs
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- A thin film that reflects light in intriguing ways could be used to make road signs that shine brightly and change color at night, according to a study that will be published on Aug. 9 in Science Advances.
Top 5 Video Games to Play for a Truly Unique First Date
Video games have a way of taking us outside of ourselves and live in a fantasy world. It's even better when you're playing a game with someone special!