Smart clothing and biofeedback company, Hexoskin, recently featured in a news report in its home country of Canada about how the company has been working with professional athletes and most notably the Sochi Winter Olympics gold and silver medalist skiers the Dufour-Lapointe sisters. The video snippet profiles the Hexoskin’s bluetooth vest which tracks the body’s vital signs including heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing, VO2 max, stress, sleep and activity level.
In one section of the video the Dufour-Lapointe sisters’ trainer describes how they used Hexoskin to discover that one of the girls wasn’t breathing while performing a jump. Both trainer and athlete were not aware of the issue but by identifying and addressing it they added three to four inches more to her jump. In professional sports three to four inches can often mean the difference between winning and losing.
As well as helping professional athletes Hexoskin works with the Canadian Space Agency and medical researchers. Its bluetooth vests for both men and women along with the accompanying technology are available to purchase from its online store.