Lumo Bodytech unveils smart shorts to track running metrics

By Jonah Comstock
09:26 am

capris11Early next year Lumo Bodytech, the company behind the Lumo Lift and Lumoback posture and activity tracking devices, will launch a new wearable, Lumo Run, a pair of running shorts or capris with a sensor embedded into the waistband to track runner-specific health metrics like cadence, bounce, ground contact time, braking, stride length, and pelvic rotation.

Lumo Run also tracks distance, time, pace, and map routes through the user's smartphone and provides post-run summaries and recommendations on what to work on. The connected app can give real-time audio coaching cues through the user's headphones.

“There currently isn’t an option for self-motivated runners to easily and affordably track their running efficiency and performance. I am a runner myself and recognized the need to help everyday runners prevent injury and get the best possible form to achieve their goals,” said Monisha Perkash, CEO of Lumo Bodytech. “Lumo Run can support runners when a coach is not present to help push them to the next level. Or it can be used with a coach to guide training. We’re thrilled to bring the sophisticated biomechanics technology that has made Lumo Lift such a success to runners everywhere.”

sensorLumo worked with Longborough University in the UK to develop the sensors and coaching platform, even discovering new metrics that affect run performance, lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Folland said in a statement.

The sensor is integrated directly into the garment -- running shorts for men and capris for women. The shorts are machine washable and the battery lasts at least a month on a single charge. Currently, the app is only available on iOS, although Lumo has plans to add Android support.

The shorts are currently available for pre-order at the discounted price of $99 for men’s shorts, and $119 for women’s capris. When they launch on March 31, 2016, the price will be $149 for the shorts and $169 for the capris.

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