Boulder, CO USA & Tokyo, Japan March 6, 2018 — LEOMO, Inc., emerging developer of innovative sports devices, today announced a new Torso sensor position and Motion Performance Indicator for the TYPE-R.
The LEOMO TYPE-R was specifically designed to help competitive cyclists, their coaches, and bike fitters unlock the power of motion analysis. The TYPE-R, a wearable motion measurement tool for athletes, launched last year in the U.S. The device offers valuable insights that help to optimize an athlete’s form, technique, and performance.
The TYPE-R's 5 motion sensors can now be used in 5 out of 6 available motion sensor locations. The sensor locations are: the torso, waist (pelvis), the leg (left, right), the thigh (left, right).
When pairing sensors with the TYPE-R head unit, the user pairs 5 sensors to the locations they choose based on what data they would like to analyze. LEOMO has written a sample protocol for choosing sensor locations at blog.leomo.io.
LEOMO has released the following upgrades to the TYPE-R’s ability to analyze motion:
1. With the TYPE-R’s new Torso sensor and Torso MPIs, athletes can now visualize the movement of the upper body during training and racing.
2. LEOMO has also released a PCX, "combined graph" which allows users to display the relationships between all movement patterns in a more customizable way, thereby unlocking new data-analysis potential.
3. LEOMO has also added the ability to search for an activity by tag in the activity dashboard.
These updates are available from March 6, 2018 and beyond! 1
1. New Torso allows for cyclists to analyze the movement of the upper body:
The TYPE-R comes with five motion sensors which have been used extensively to evaluate lower body motion. After hearing feedback from cyclists and coaches, LEOMO has now released the new Torso sensor location and three Torso MPI’s that can be used for motion analysis. Similar to the placement of the TYPE-R’s pelvic sensor, the Torso sensor is placed just above the sternum on an athlete’s chest.
The three MPIs (Motion Performance Indicators) that can be used for motion analysis are: Torso Angle, Torso Rotation, and Torso Rock. The data shown from the Torso sensor will change according to the cyclist’s fatigue, power, and cadence among other variables. By analyzing Torso data, an athlete will be able to build a new understanding of how their motion changes while they fatigue. Therefore, in the case of a cyclist who’s Torso data changes drastically, they may be able to change their race strategy based on fatigue onset.
Even for a trained athlete, it is very difficult to feel and see the way motion changes with fatigue. By visualizing Torso data, the athlete will clearly see the difference between what they think they are riding like, and how they are actually riding. At the same time, since the score (Torso Angle) indicating the angle of the upper body is directly described for air resistance, the sensor attached to torso is also very useful for determining the bike position.
２．"Combined graph" which displays the interlocking of each motion in a more comprehensible manner:
Previously, each MPI that could be seen by using the TYPE-R’s motion sensors was displayed separately in LEOMO’s activity dashboard. With this upgrade, cyclists will be able to choose which MPIs they are evaluating by selecting them in the combined graph. This gives cyclists the ability to analyze each MPI in an east-to-understand manner.
3 ．Search for activities by tag：
On the LEOMO activity dashboard, cyclists can now use tags and filtering which make it easy to find previous workouts. For example, if you tag "indoor" and "outside", you can search for activity with that tag and compare the two activities. Likewise, it makes it easier to compare trends by tagging "training" and "race". This allows cyclists to review specific intervals, training sessions, and races on the dashboard screen.
■LEOMO TYPE-R / Sales information：
LEOMO's TYPE-R is available for sale to the public in US, priced at $799 through LEOMO's online store (https://www.leomo.io/store). For other regions, LEOMO is targeting release of TYPE-R in 2018.
<LEOMO TYPE-R Bringing Motion Analysis in Reach>
Until now, athlete motion analysis has been limited to occasional sessions at labs or studios that do not reflect real-world training or race conditions, and often require elaborate and expensive systems. LEOMO’s pioneering TYPE-R portable motion analysis device will allow athletes and their coaches and bike fitters to collect data day after day easily and unobtrusively in the same conditions they train and compete in.
The TYPE-R comprises a sleek handlebar or wrist-mounted touchscreen head unit, and includes features like GPS tracking, as well as ANT+™ connectivity for additional measurement of power, power balance, cadence, and heart rate. The head unit alone will give many high-end bike computers a run for their money, but the magic of the TYPE-R comes in the form of five discrete rechargeable Bluetooth® sensors, each with its own three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer to accurately measure a wearer’s motion and form. Worn on each shoe, above each knee, above the sacrum, and above chest, the TYPE-R’s sensors measure important aspects of a rider’s movement like never before.
<6 Sensor Positions and each Scores / MPIs (Motion Performance Indicators)>
- Right Foot & Left Foot -
1. Dead Spot Score (DSS)– Pinpoint the magnitude and locations where pedaling velocities lack smoothness along the left and right pedaling cycles.
2. Foot Angular Range– Measures how much the heel moves up and down while pedaling.
3. Foot Angular Range (Q1)- Measures how much the heel moves up and down between the 12 and 3 o’clock positions.
- Right Leg & Left Leg -
1. Leg Angular Range– Measures how much the thighs move up and down while pedaling.
- Pelvic -
1. Pelvic Angle– Measures how much a rider’s pelvis is tilted upwards.
2. Pelvic Rotation– Measures around the vertical axis (spinal axis) of the pelvis
3. Pelvic Rock- Measurement around the longitudinal axis (axis from belly to back) of the pelvis
- New/Torso -
1. Torso Angle– Measures how much a rider’s torso is tilted upwards.
2. Torso Rotation– Measures around the vertical axis (spinal axis) of the torso
3. Torso Rock- Measurement around the longitudinal axis (axis from chest to back) of the torso
The TYPE-R makes it simple to analyze data after a workout, thanks to its wireless upload capability. When synced to a Wi-Fi network, ride data can be uploaded to the cloud and analyzed on a web-based dashboard accessible from any web browser. LEOMO also has plans to integrate with popular workout analysis platforms such as Training Peaks®.
Manufactured by Foxconn, the TYPE-R hardware gives users peace of mind when it comes to quality and cutting-edge design and technology. LEOMO is still conducting battery endurance testing, but battery life is expected to be ~6.5 hours with use of an L battery and dock charger.
<Institute of Motion Analysis (IMA): Exploring New Frontiers in Data and Performance>
In conjunction with the unveiling of the TYPE-R, LEOMO is announcing the Institute of Motion Analysis (IMA), a think tank research body comprising some of the world’s leading sports scientists, exercise physiologists, coaches, physical therapists, and biomechanics experts. Recognizing the important role that motion analysis now plays as a tool for measuring physical performance, IMA aims to facilitate education and research around this important topic.
IMA will ultimately give all sports research and training professionals a platform to share and learn ideas, leading research and data, and the latest sports science discoveries for the benefit of advancing sports training and sports science.
IMA will comprise an international field of experts including Jim Martin Associate Professor, Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah; Neal Henderson, elite USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach; Hunter Allen, elite coach and author; Dr. Inigo San Millán, Director of the Sports Performance Program at the University of Colorado’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center; and Rodger Kram, Associate Professor in the Integrative Physiology Department at the University of Colorado.
<About LEOMO, Inc.>
LEOMO, Inc., founded by Kunihiko Kaji and Taizo Son (Serial entrepreneur) in 2012, is headquartered in Boulder, CO with a satellite office in Tokyo Japan. LEOMO's core business is to sell, design and manufacture devices and related services that contribute to advancements in sports. 39 employees (as of March 2018). For more information, log on to www.leomo.io or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @leomolabs.