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Product Design
Published: 26 Jul 2016

Rio 2016: Bespoke Sports Wearable

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Vert Wearable Jump Monitor

Vert is a wearable designed specifically for volleyball and basketball players to track performance and prevent serious injuries. Claiming to be the most advanced in jump technology, the Wearable Jump Monitor provides analytics to manage jump load and avoid damage.

The US team heading to the Rio Olympics next month is officially using the smart gear while training. Worn on the waist or chest like a heart rate monitor, the small Bluetooth device tracks performance as well as quantity and height of jumps.

The device shows real-time data, with a complementary app providing fuller analysis. This offers tailored insights into how athletes are handling their practice, enabling them to become more conscious about it. The data also informs coaches if an athlete should change position to prevent over-exhaustion or rest to avoid back or knee injury.

Practise-tailored tracking indicates that wearables are becoming more exclusive and bespoke. Vert has added an intensity measurement technology to its device to suit the needs of cheerleaders. Called G-Vert, it is made in collaboration with Nfinity Athletic, an athletic apparel company specialising in female athletes' biomechanical needs.

Self-improvement is becoming a technological affair, as consumers turn to wearables to reach optimum productivity and performance. Look to Product Rhythms for the bespoke tech designs allowing users to achieve peak physical performance.

Furthermore, health-orientated consumers are using cutting-edge devices, wearables and apps to track their natural tempos to enhance memory, sleep and mental wellbeing – read Wired Health 2016 to find out more.

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