It seems like we see a new fitness wearable come along every few months. Most of the fitness ‘gadgets’ that hit the scene in 2014 are based on similar concepts, so you have to decide what actually distinguishes one from other. The only thing that truly differentiates a product is the team behind the product. The Canadian team behind LEO is scrappy and ready for a long road ahead. This device is scheduled for release in APRIL 2015. The indiegogo campaign is over 40% funded already, so the LEO is well on its way to becoming a reality. That is a really cool accomplishment because most backers want instant gratification with a product in hand in a few months. Lets hope that the LEO team isn’t hurt by setting such a realistic release timeframe.
We are getting way ahead of ourselves here, so this is what the LEO does:
WHAT IS LEO?
LEO monitors your body’s biosignals in realtime and translates the data into actionable recommendations. While many similar products aim at just telling what you are doing, LEO gives you that information and tells you how to optimize your workout to avoid injury. LEO integrates biosignal monitoring technology with the capabilities of all the best fitness wearables, measuring: muscle activity, fatigue, heart rate, lactic acid, hydration, calories, technique, and much more. LEO translates this complex bio-data into straightforward and actionable recommendations, and notifies you if something is amiss, all in real-time. LEO is the first fitness wearable that measures YOU in a time when most wearables measure themselves on a virtual 3d-axis.
HOW CAN LEO OPTIMIZE MY WORKOUT?
LEO gives you intensity updates and lets you know when you are cheating your progress by working out at low level and lets you know when you are working out inefficiently or with muscle imbalances. The most important part of working out is staying healthy and consistent, so LEO’S injury avoidance algorithms can warm you about oncoming injuries. LEO can even make sure you are properly hydrated and gives you hydration notifications.
WHAT CAN LEO SENSE?
WHAT MAKES LEO UNIQUE?
Some of LEO’s unique features are actually slated to be included in some of 2014’s most promising fitness wearables. LEO can give you data on muscle intensity, muscle targeting, muscle coordination, muscle fatigue, efficiency, hydration, balance, lactic acid and technique analysis. I have not seen any of the current or upcoming devices say that they can measure lactic acid, so that does sound like something very unique.
How Does LEO compare?
Our only problem with Kickstarter/Indiegogo campaigns is that we noticed that the extended wait times for fitness wearables to be released seem to drive people(us included) crazy. We haven’t seen a fitness wearable product that hasn’t been delayed by at least three to four months. With technology changing so quickly and new products like android wear and the upcoming iWatch, it is difficult to determine if the technology will be old news in the year that it will take to come out. We tend to focus on what happened with Amiigo and how it seemed to advanced a year ago and now it just seems like old technology. Who knows what the fitness wearable environment will look like a year from now.
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