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Virtual worlds of sports floors, performance diagnostics applications for at home, individualized sporting goods and eSports are digital trends that will be presented at the ispo sporting goods fair. The Wearable Technologies Conference Europe 2019 is currently taking place on site. An associated innovation exhibition is intended to bring together leading visionaries, companies and the right network partners from around the world.

PERFORMANCE DIAGNOSTICS WITH HOME SET

The analysis of one's own performance is particularly interesting for active athletes. While this was previously only possible through appointments with the sports doctor, in the future solutions for at home will be offered. For example, the Fürth company Vitascale is currently working on a mobile breathing gas diagnostic system in cooperation with the sports medicine division of the University of Würzburg. The model designed as a headset is intended for active use while running and biking. On the one hand, it measures the amount of inhaled oxygen that is burned. The energy sources such as carbohydrates, fats and proteins are analyzed at the same time. It also measures which waste products are ultimately exhaled. These data allow conclusions to be drawn about the level of performance. Using an app, training units can be observed during the activity and adjusted to the desired level. At the moment there are only a few prototypes. If these meet all requirements in the next application tests, the headset may come onto the market this year. Dr. Ing.Ulrich Jerichow, CEO of the company, sees other areas of application in the future, for example in the automotive industry. In addition to alcohol control, integrated breath tests could also provide information about the fitness of the vehicle driver.

The company Lowie introduces a home kit for biomarker analysis. A blood test should provide the necessary diagnostic information. On the company's health platform, the user receives an evaluation as well as a personalized nutrient combination recommendation. The effect can be measured through further tests and the nutrient recommendation can be adjusted. Incidentally, the company developed the process in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich and the Justus Liebig University of Gießen, among others. It received the Brandnew Digital Award from ispo.

HEALTH IN FOCUS

Another mobile analysis tool is Bon Bouton, a sole with integrated graphene sensors. These are designed to measure differences in foot temperature and pressure when stepping on. Both factors are indicators that can provide neuropathy patients (especially diabetics) with information about their current state of health. The software connected to the sole warns the user in good time so that he can be proactive. Bon Bouton is still in the development phase.

The mobile light therapy from CareWear is intended to relieve pain and accelerate regeneration. The technology consists of 3500 flat LEDs, which are integrated in ergonomically shaped, flexible and reusable pads. The small blue and red colored lights in a biocompatible hydrogel are controlled via a wireless module. The development has now been awarded several prizes, including the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and the Gore Innovation Center Prize within the Internet of Things / Wearable Technologies (IoT / WT) Innovation World Cup.

VIDEO FLOOR AND E-BIKE HYBRID

Do you want to walk across the water or do you prefer to balance over a highline? This dream can now become a reality through the Upper Bavarian company ASB Glassfloor - at least virtually. Originally intended as advertising space, the video floor currently being presented with integrated LED technology opens up completely new visual worlds. The use of the so-called Lumiflex floor, which was developed in accordance with DIN EN 14904: 2006, offers numerous application options. This includes hall floors for ball sports, sales areas in stores, reception halls and virtual gaming worlds.

The foldable e-bike from Smacircle, weighing just 7.5 kilograms, could be the perfect companion for longer city tours. When folded, the model fits into any backpack with a pack size of around 49 x 29 x 19 cm. In just five steps it becomes a mobile vehicle that can best be described as a “bike-scooter hybrid in a curious glasses shape”. The battery charge can be checked, the speed checked and the bike locked via the app. The model from Shenzen, which costs around € 1400, is not yet available in Europe.

Yesterday the Association of German Cyclists presented the German Cycling Academy. The project, which is funded by the Federal Institute for Sports Science, among others, cooperates with the Innovationsmanufaktur from Munich, Pantera Rosa from Frankfurt am Main and, above all, the e-cycling platform Zwift. Association-relevant e-cycling competition and training formats are to be developed together. Because Zwift offers users the opportunity to cycle in a virtual landscape and even train professionally. The entire BDR know-how, including the former professional cyclist Tim Böhme as head coach, should be available to participants in the Cycling Academy. The aim of the project is, among other things, to develop new target groups and to spot new talents for top-class sport. The next important date is the platform's first digitally held championship, the Zwift National Cup on February 24th, 2019.

Above: Breathing gas is diagnosed with a headset Headset © Vitascale

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This article was published on February 6, 2019 in Innovation Origins.

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