updated 02:50 pm EDT, Thu May 31, 2007
VivoMetrics this afternoon unveiled its new VivoChampionTrainer, a new system designed for both individual and team athletes who need to keep track of their health during a run. The new version draws on the company's original technology but converts it from a full and potentially bulky shirt into a lightweight chest strap that lets runners and other high-impact competitors relay their condition without generating extra heat or slowing them down, even while they compete in real-world events. The system is also unique for its inclusion of "consequential" breathing, the company says; while other systems can track the breathing rate when it goes up, the VCT's system can tell when breaths are the result of other factors at work. This can help paint a better overall picture of how well an athlete is faring when combined with heart rate and other information, according to VivoMetrics.
The system relies on standard PCs to receive information both during and after an event, and uses wireless standards to capture information from as many as 25 separate athletes at the same time.
Limited use of the VCT has already begun with the Philadelphia Flyers in addition to beach volleyball and soccer teams; today's launch makes the system more widely available. Prices can vary by order, but a basic kit includes a single chest strap as well as the needed receivers and battery packs.