When it comes to running, the influx of technology means runners have access to a great amount of data that they previously didn’t have. That has led to more technology to make sense of that data, and devices that track each and every activity. Even shoes have not been spared.
We have looked at some gadgets in the past, and here are some more that will make you feel like the most connected runner in the world! Grab these in the FirstRun in-app store.
Polar Loop 2
The Polar Loop line is known for its style-led products, and the Loop 2 continues this tradition with a soft and flexible silicon build, paired with a stainless steel buckle. It tracks your daily activity, workouts and sleep health with an app component to show you the data in a clear way. As a new feature, the Polar Loop 2 gently vibrates reminding you to get your move on if you haven’t been up for a while. It even displays and vibrates for incoming calls and messages as well as calendar alerts, while also tracking your heart rate when paired with Polar’s proprietary hardware.
A Stryd is a button-less oval-shaped sensor device that can be clipped on to shorts. It’s always-on and can sync with mobile devices, smartwatches and other sports gadgets to accurately give runners a power score. Read more about this Kickstarter-backed device here.
One of the coolest new wearable tech for runners. Mino is a small sensor placed in the insole of your shoe measures the impact taken by your trainers, and consequently your feet, and tells you how long to go before you need a new pair of shoes. This is a great tool to measure how much impact your strides are taking on a pair of shoes. Often people tend to play less attention to the wear and tear until it’s too late and the shoes have worn off. Mino solves this problem by getting completely out of the way and at just $15 for a unit, it’s also quite affordable. While the problem itself may feel superficial, it really does affect runners. And running in old worn-out shoes is one of the easiest ways to get injured.
Exertion Games Labs’ Joggobot is a running drone that’s become very popular. Tethered to your smartphone, the drone can be controlled along a number of parameters such as speed and altitude of its flight. The drone follows you by focussing on a special T-shirt that you would wear. The Joggobot has two modes: a Companion mode, where it automatically adjusts its speed to match the runner’s pace, and a Coaching mode that challenges the runner by pulling ahead a little, and urging them to catch up.