Runners that are looking to learn more about their running form, to help them stay injury free and enhance their running performance, may be interested in a new smart sole device created by ReTiSense called the Stridalyzer.
Stridalyzer has been specifically designed to connect to your smartphone using a companion application and track your running form providing feedback from the smart sole as you run, on issues that could cause injuries. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the smart soles project and see it in action.
The Stridalyzer project uses piezoelectric sensors rather than accelerometers to track your movements and provide a weeks use on a single charge. The smart soles are currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise $25,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production.
“We have designed our solution to continue to monitor your run, and interrupt you only when it needs to “alert” you with some important information or quick guidance. For example, if you start persistently overpronating, or if your footstrike pattern changes, you will get a visual as well as an audio alert – this way you can keep your eyes on the trail and still get the information or advice that’s relevant for you – WHEN it becomes relevant!
One in four runners will have some kind of knee injury in any given year. Of all running injuries, about 42% are knee injuries. So we made it our top priority. Stridalyzer can estimate the various stresses acting on your knee and provide you with alerts, guidance and detailed data for your review, that can help you understand when and how you are overstressing your knees, and help prevent the all-too-common “runner’s knee”.
Like many fitness tracking device, we measure various types of data. However, unlike those trackers, we have worked with fitness trainers to come up with intuitive, easy-to-understand metrics to help you measure your “overall” run performance using two fundamental metrics:PerfScore, which is your overall run performance score (aggregating distance, pace, incline, stride length & rate, calories burnt, etc), to reflect the overall “effort” made by you.”
So if you think Stridalyzer is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website to make a pledge and help Stridalyzer become a reality via the link below.