"These smart socks want to make you a better runner"
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CNET First Look
CNET First Look
These smart socks want to make you a better runner
If you're a runner who's trying to gather a lot of stuff about your run or maybe trying to change your form then you might be interested in something like these.
What are they?
I'm Jessica Dolcourt from CNet and these are the Sensoria Smart Socks.
I'm going to walk you through this because this is a little bit bizarre.
You'll notice that the socks are labeled right and left and there's a reason for that that we'll get to in a minute, but for now, I'm just going to put them on.
There are studs on the front of sock and this is because we are going to attach this kind of cusp.
This is an anklet and it attaches magneticly and this is what's gonna collect the data from our run.
So, this cuff only measures one sock at a time.
So, you can either have one sock and switch it for your run if you're trying to get data on your right foot and left foot performance.
Because that could vary, or you could spring for a second cuff.
Now, when you put the cuff on, and see it pops off kind of easily.
So this the best part, you have to make sure you cuff the sock over the anklet.
Creating this beautiful bulbous package right here.
Each sock has three textile sensors sewn directly into the material.
So, it's these sensors that are measuring of the pressure of the foot that you run, and that can help you determine if you are a front foot striker or a heel striker.
The data from the sensors on the bottom of the foot talk to the anklet, which all go into this free app for Android or iOS.
That's where you're gonna learn everything about your run after the fact, including your cadence, your pace, your distance, your route that's been collected through GPS.
And all importantly, if you're landing on the ball of your foot or on that heel.
And you want it to be the ball In addition, the app can help keep you on track.
There is an optional metronome that will tell you when you're off cadence.
There are voice updates that will let you know things like your pace and how far you've gone, how many steps you've taken.
You could also put in a distance goal or a time goal, and the app will let you know as you're running whether you've reached that goal.
There's some line graphs after the fact too.
And you can also look up your statistics online on this Historia dashboard.
Overall, the whole system, as complicated as it is, is trying to give you a very detailed picture of your runs.
So that you can train Or so that you can improve your form.
There's a lot more to know about the whole Sensoria smart sock system.
You should definitely check out my full review at cnet.com for all the pros and cons.
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