Atlas is an upcoming competitor in the activity tracker market, however it tracks much more than the average tracker. It quantifies the user’s workout, identifying individual exercises, counting reps and sets, measuring heart rate, calculating calories burned and evaluating form too.
So, how does it work? Atlas tracks the body on an x-, y- and z- axis, and through the development of multiple advanced algorithms it can tell the difference between different exercises. Atlas can even learn new exercises, with all data synced to an accompanying app.
Users can see real-time feedback to keep track of their workout including the type, speed and quality of exercises along with measures of explosiveness and max thrust. It also identifies progress over time and keeps track of parameters such as how far the user last ran and the last weight they benched for example.
Even after a workout, Atlas can aid recovery by showing the user how quick they recover (through heart rate display), how rest effects each exercise and how form is affected. The app even analyses user data to give advice, for example advising a user to focus on lower body exercises if the tracker has identified upper body exercises such as curls bicep curls three days in a row.
On top of all this it is also waterproof, making it perfect for swimming – it can even tell between different strokes too.
Atlas also has potential uses for coaches and personal trainers and hopes to develop additional technology for multiple sports. It’s clear where wearable tech is heading, and although Atlas may have some competitors such as PUSH strength, it has been tailored to suit the average gym goer, whilst having a place for use by more advanced trainers too.
Of course, all this technology comes at a cost ($179 or around £105), but in comparison to many activity trackers out on the market it seems completely feasible for the extra functionality it provides. Atlas smashed their indiegogo campaign target and can be pre-ordered now.
Adie Blanchard – Researcher