Sensors help sports enthusiasts reach their training goals

VTI Technologies supplies the sensing solution to the recently launched adidas miCoach system. The sensing solution utilizes an acceleration sensor for calculating a person's speed and distance when walking or running.

There is a growing global awareness for the need of a healthy lifestyle, and advanced training aids previously used only by top athletes are now becoming available for sports enthusiasts of all levels.

One such example is the miCoach system recently introduced by adidas. It is a complete training system designed to inspire and enable athletes at all levels to reach and exceed their training goals. The system provides the user with real time feedback and a self adapting training schedule based on the true fitness levels achieved in the course of the exercises. The miCoach system consists of a mobile phone developed by Samsung and a web-based training tool, heart rate belt and shoe attachable stride sensor developed by adidas. Inside the stride sensor lies an ultra low power consuming SCA3000 acceleration sensor supplied by VTI Technologies, which enables the calculation of the user's speed and distance during exercise.

The VTI SCA3000 is a digital 3-axis accelerometer that can be used to measure acceleration, motion and inclination. Typical applications include portable navigation devices, sports equipment and other battery operated devices where ultra low power consumption and high performance are critical.

The adidas miCoach system has been available in stores starting April 2008.

 

More information:

Sten Stockmann, Marketing Director, tel. +358 50 352 1881, sten.stockmann(@)vti.fi

About VTI Technologies

VTI Technologies is a leading supplier of acceleration, inclination, motion and pressure sensor solutions for automotive, medical, instrument and consumer applications. VTI develops and produces silicon-based capacitive sensors using its proprietary 3D MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical System) technology.

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