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Wearable sensors deliver bionic foot sensing

Posted: 01 Sep 2014  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Boogio  bionic foot sensors  wearable  smart shoe 

U.S.-based wearable sensors developer REFLX Labs, Inc. said it is shipping developer kits of its flagship product—a multi-sensor pair of technology devices for the feet that turns any shoe into a smart shoe, the Boogio Bionic Foot Sensors.

"Boogio Bionic Foot Sensors are a set of ultra-thin sensory stickers and tiny computers that make the shoes on your feet smart," said Jose Torres, REFLX Labs CEO.

The Boogio developer kit empowers developers with a Bluetooth API for direct access to the sensor data and software for configuration and gesture mapping. It was developed by a team of engineers and scientists who build sensors for F-16s and other mission critical hardware.

The technology combines patent-pending sensors capable of feeling 65,000 layers of gravitational force on the feet. This enables detection of simple shifts of the body, capturing high-fidelity feedback on a variety of movements, including steps, jumps, squats, and kicks. It delivers data directly to mobile and connected devices.

These sensory shoe accessories come in pairs on an open wearable platform and are compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android platforms.

Torres said: "We distilled Boogio to the lightest and thinnest design so it becomes almost invisible when situated on your favourite pair of sneakers. We also designed the technology to be as hackable as possible to encourage experimentation."

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Boogio can capture human gestures and activity. Source: REFLX Labs

Boogio technology targets three categories—gaming, diagnostics and hands-free connectivity. In gaming, it can pair with the Oculus Rift and other gaming platforms including mobile devices where Boogio can detect movements like dancing, jumping, and kicking and can score foot movement for accuracy while working out or learning a new dance.

Diagnostics in sports and wellness applications include provision of feedback on muscle movements to help patients recover functionality over time. Boogio can also be used for athletic training, helping train muscles to perfect a jump shot, test balance for a golf swing, or provide feedback on gait when running.

It integrates hands-free technology applications, enabling control of slideshow presentations by simply leaning left to right, as well as Bluetooth locks to open a door when carrying items with both hands.

The Boogio developer kit costs $189, and comprises ultra-thin sensory stickers, 3-axis accelerometers and 3-axis gyroscopes in small Bluetooth-enabled clips, configuration software and two USB cables





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