RunScribe is a shoe-mounted wearable that promises to give casual runners and hardcore track-and-field athletes alike a detailed look into the kinematics of their feet.
Affixed to the back of a shoe, runScribe uses a 9-axis sensor (actually a combination of an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a magnetic compass, each with three axes) to measure the way a runner’s foot moves throughout their stride. The data output includes millisecond-scale graphs of pitch, yaw and roll as well as the g-forces the foot experiences each time it strikes the ground. There’s also data on pace, which part of the foot strikes the ground first, and how long the foot is in contact with the ground during each step.
In the runScribe app, users can get quick feedback on their run, look at detailed graphs and visualizations, and compare their performance against previous runs. There’s also a feature that keeps track of different shoes, tracking mileage and analyzing how each shoe affects the runner’s gait.
RunScribe has on-board flash memory and syncs data over Bluetooth after the fact, so there’s no need to bring a phone on every run. It’s waterproof down to a meter, weighs just 15 grams, and relies on replaceable watch batteries, which should last 30 or more hours each.
Once data is synced, it gets uploaded to Scribe Labs’ cloud servers for processing. The company offers three subscriber levels, with progressively more detailed data and analytics at the Pro and Science tiers.
One of Scribe Labs’ goals is to build up a crowdsourced database of kinematic data from thousands of runners and tens or hundreds of thousands of individual runs. The founders hope to illuminate some of the factors that lead to accidents, injury, and other problems so that athletes at all levels can improve their technique. To that end, user data will be aggregated -- anonymously -- and made available to the running community.
RunScribe had a successful Kickstarter campaign in September, and is now available for pre-order. In a recent comment to Kickstarter backers, the company indicated that a change in hardware vendors pushed back the release data little bit, but that shipping should begin by the end of January.
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