There are plenty of wearable fitness devices that track what we might call the universals: speed, breathing, effort are part of every athletic experience. Now we’re beginning to see devices that are geared to professionals, and specific to individual sports. Hykso, a Montreal startup, is developing wearable tech for boxers that measures hits and blocks, and feeds the data to trainers and coaches via a mobile app. The small sensors fit in the wraps on a fighter’s hands.
“We can tell which one’s an effective hit, which one was blocked, what was the strength of the block. We can see everything about the punch,” said Patrick Chandler, Hykso data engineer.
The company has partnered with area gyms to test the product in real world conditions, and its video stars Canadian boxer Caroline Veyre, who took gold at the 2015 Pan Am games.
Pricing and availability were not disclosed.