Sports division makes advancements
Flexpoint Sensor Systems and Bend Tech have completed development of the electronics and software that will be utilized in a running shoe application and in many other sport shoe related products. The completion of the project opens the way for Bend Tech and Flexpoint to aggressively pursue major shoe manufacturers. Bend Tech has been in contact with several manufacturers and now will be able to demonstrate the technology.
The Sensor utilizes Flexpoint’s patented Bend Sensor technology and features several sensors located within the shoe to give real-time feedback of a runner’s performance that can be utilized for training and teaching proper technique that will aid in the prevention of injuries.
Because the sensor features a single layer construction the sensors are not damaged or degraded by dust, dirt or other particulates. Moisture and immersion in mud, water, sweat and many other chemicals are not an issue.
The system will provide real time analysis showing balance, performance and other pertinent data relating to performance of the individual. The fast response time of the sensor allows it to provide time differentials between heel and toe strike. Other metrics like cadence, ground contact time, the time the foot is not in contact with the ground, shoe loading and unloading profiles and information critical to training and injury prevention can be measured and captured for later review and analysis. Running information can be easily integrated into social media and training logs for quick feedback and analysis.
The electronics include miniaturized printed circuit boards, a wireless communication system, blue tooth technologies, wireless rechargeable batteries and “smart phone” interface.
Clark Mower, President of Flexpoint stated: