runScribe: Wearable for the Data-Driven Athlete

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Today’s post is about another really cool Kickstarter project that I spotted. It is called runScribe. I highly recommend you check out the Kickstarter page.

Basically, runScribe provides a 3D view of how you run. According to the site:

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.

This Kickstarter project is done by Scribe Labs. Who is Scribe Labs? According to the site:

Founders Tim Clark and John Litschert met in 1993 at the US Olympic Training Center (USOTC), where they were part of a team that developed a cycling model using power pedals and 3D video. John, a biomechanist, stayed involved in sports science at the USOTC, while Tim headed to Silicon Valley and became the principal engineer behind some of the world’s most popular video game peripherals. With early access to emerging sensor technologies, Tim began prototyping a lab-grade system for everyday use in cycling. John took one look at the system and said, “You ever try putting this on the back of a shoe?” Over the next several years, Tim designed, developed and tested hardware and new algorithmic models to capture powerful sensor data while John worked to translate that data into a comprehensive analysis of how an athlete runs. runScribe was born.

I think this is a super cool idea, especially if you are injury-prone. However, even aside from that, I think this is an exceptional tool for the amateur/sub-elite athlete who does not have access to professional facilities.

Obviously, other people agree. The project was seeking $50,000, but it has already raised over $225,000, and it still has three days to go.

What do you think? Are you interested in more data?

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6 Responses to runScribe: Wearable for the Data-Driven Athlete

  1. HC says:

    This is not for me, but it’s a great idea.

  2. Angie says:

    I think that’s pretty neat. I wear different shoes for different distances and terrain (trail vs road vs snow) and I’d be curious to see how the differences impact my running.

  3. Bryan says:

    This is really cool! I’m not a huge numbers guy, but it would be super interesting to see and use!

  4. piratebobcat says:

    Very cool. Mark Cuban has been experimenting with something like that on the Mavs. Tracking them during games and practices.

  5. bgddyjim says:

    Neat, but to answer your question, no. No more data!

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