Fitness apparel company Under Armour has announced a new lineup of shoes slated for release in 2022 that feature biometric sensors for enhanced run-tracking capabilities.
The UA Flow Velocity Wind 2 and the UA HOVR Machina 3 are the latest additions to the company’s growing roster of smart shoes, which dates back to research and development that started in 2010.
Though exact details on where the biometric sensors will be located and how they will function are currently scarce, a report in Techradar refers to “updated heel capture systems”, through which metrics such as cadence, stride length, and foot strike angle can be gathered.
Data collected by the sensors in the Flow Velocity Wind 2 and the HOVR Machina 3 can then be synced by the wearer to the Under Armour Map My Run app in real time using Bluetooth.
This is the latest indication of the growth in popularity of both biometric sensors for fitness tracking, and biometric clothing in general.
Nearly two years ago, wearable technology company NURVV announced the launch of its NURVV Run insoles at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. With 32 embedded biometric sensors, the NURV Run are capable of capturing biometric data from the wearer’s feet at an astounding rate of 1,000 times per second per sensor.
More recently, a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia announced that they had managed to create what may be the world’s first bendable, stretchable, and washable battery; an invention that has the potential to help accelerate the biometric wearables market.
Both of Under Armour’s shoes are due for release in early 2022 in both men’s and women’s sizes, with the Flow Velocity Wind 2 expected to retail for $160, while the price for the HOVR Machina 3 is yet to be confirmed by Under Armour.