In the world of wearable technologies it has always been about tracking your fitness and your progress. Scribe Labs of San Francisco, CA is looking to stand out among the crowd and offer a wearable technology called the runScribe that provides extensive, data-driven analysis for your run. They go beyond calorie counting and mileage tracking and offer information about pronation, peak G forces, pitch and roll, and whether you heel/midfoot/or toe strike while running.
From their Kickstarter campaign:
runScribe is a lightweight running wearable that mounts on the back of your shoe and uses a 9-axis sensor to precisely capture the movements of your foot during the gait cycle. The precision measurements, combined with runScribe’s kinematic engine delivers the most advanced set of running metrics available outside of a professional lab environment.
While other running technologies offer limited information – merely tracking steps, distance and speed – runScribe makes thousands of calculations for every stride and reports on 13 detailed kinematic metrics. The scale and detail of data available through runScribe has never been captured in a consumer device, giving athletes, trainers and coaches real-world data to make informed training decisions.
Train Smarter: With runScribe, you can compare runs to see how metrics shift over time, the impact of different factors, like terrain, shoe type or distance may have on key metrics, and how your metrics compare with averages from the runScribe community. This detailed information can help coaches, athletes and trainers improve their analysis and make informed training decisions.
Ease & Flexibility: runScribe is lightweight, unobtrusive and simple to swap between shoes. Onboard flash memory stores your runs and wireless data sync is available via Bluetooth Smart through iOS or Android. Data is downloadable via your my.runscribe.com account and is also accessible via the runScribe API.
Crowdsourced Data: During any given year, up to 65% of runners experience injury. Many causes, such as past injuries, high mileage, high impact forces, excessive pronation, running surface, and poor shoe selection, have been proposed as possible contributing factors. However, researchers to date have not been able to determine if any one or some combination of these factors are the major contributor to injury. With the ability to create the largest running kinematic databank ever, runScribe has the potential to finally reveal some answers.
The breadth of data they acquire is impressive, and if accurate, possibly game changing. This technology would possibly allow runners to monitor the shock absorption they’re getting from different shoes. Keep an eye on pronation tendencies if that is something they are looking to limit, and even help find causes for injury and residual pain. Scribe Labs envisions the runScribe as a crowdsourced data bank for gait analysis and injury information. They’re hoping to contribute to the continued effort to reduce injuries among runners.
The question is, what will you look to use it for? Are you interested in backing? And finally, can you see WearTesters having a use for this type of run data in the future? Let us know in the comments below and check out/back the runScribe on Kickstarter.com!