The video above is an interesting presentation given by the CEO of Somaxis, Alexander Grey, on his company’s revolutionary new sensor which measures muscle energy output. This sensor is quite literally a game changer. In an interview with the Quantified Self blog in February this year, Grey says that the sensor can measure and quantify how warmed-up a person is, how much work they’re doing, fatigue, endurance and recovery level. When placed on the chest the sensor can continuously track heart rate also.
Once commercialized this sensor is going to be a boon to the health and fitness industry. For starters, one place we can see it bringing huge benefits is in strength and endurance training. Having hard data on exactly how the muscle is reacting to a particular exercise is going to provide an almost 360° view of performance. Bodybuilders, for example, would benefit immensely from this type of data as it shows them the intensity of training a particular muscle.
The sensor isn’t specific to health and fitness however and can be used in a number of ways. Two additional examples in the video include Grey illustrating how the sensor reacts to someone incorrectly lifting a heavy item and also the additional stress added to the body when someone is sitting incorrectly at their desk.
The Somaxis sensor is certainly one to keep an eye on for the future and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one.