Humon Hex Fitness Tracker Measure Muscle Oxygen Level

Humon Hex fitness wearable can measure the amount of oxygen athlete’s muscles are using in real time.

Wearable technology is offering a vast array of real-time biological data. The team at Humon aims to target new type of wearable at uses who can benefit from such niche information endurance athletes. “The wearable market for athletes to date has been dependent on measuring heart rate, which is a very limited indicator of fatigue and workout intensity,” said CEO and co-founder of Humon, Alessandro Babini. “By measuring the amount of oxygen that a muscle group is using, athletes can reach the optimum workout intensity level without exceeding their limits.”

The quad is the main muscle that powers running and cycling motions, Although Humon Hex is designed to be worn on the thigh, makers suggest that some athletes are successfully using the wearable on other muscles, such as weightlifters on their biceps. Initially starting out as a MIT research project, Humon claims the Hex is the first clinically validated wearable to use optical sensors to noninvasively monitor the oxygen levels in the muscle. The Hex uses LEDs to emit near-infrared light into a tissue of individual to measure a muscle’s hemoglobin saturation. Overall muscle oxygenation (SmO2) can then be calculated, allowing an athlete to gauge the level of exertion they should engage.

According to Sports Medicine Market report published by Coherent Market Insights, manufacturers are focusing on introducing cost-effective and wear- reducing quality products in order to enhance their product offerings and increase market share. The Humon Hex offers real-time muscle oxygenation levels allowing a person to adjust their exertion while training to reach optimum levels. The Hex communicates data in real time via Bluetooth to either an iPhone or Android app or a compatible Garmin smartwatch. This device is priced at US$ 275 and set to ship at the end of February 2018.

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