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Fitness wearable uses muscle-mapping technology

Steve Rogerson
July 18, 2017

QianHaiLanYue Tech, based out of Shenzhen, China, has introduced KeenBrace, claimed to be the first fitness wearable to use muscle-mapping technology.
The fitness wearable is designed with a smart algorithm that analyses its users, learning about their effectiveness and guiding them to be their best.
The general advice on how much exercise a person should do has always centred on not exercising too intensely or too frequently that it would put stress to one's system. But what is the right amount that denotes too intensely or too frequently?
With KeenBrace’s muscle-mapping technology, fitness enthusiasts have that tool that can help them understand how their own body is reacting to their activities, and what is actually happening internally.
With real-time risk assessment analysis and warnings based on the pattern of movements, users can be notified before disaster strikes.
No matter what the activity levels, users can see where their progress is going, and be sure they are working towards their goals. They can see how their muscles respond and how they are recovering from different movements.
With over 15 exercises programmed, KeenBrace’s real-time voice coaching notifies users when it is time to begin, or stop and switch to another routine.
Whether running or cycling or lifting in the gym, it has a flexi-strap that can be strapped on the thigh or arm, and works even in the rain.
With motion and bio-sensing technology, it works by reading electrical signals sent by the body during workouts. It tracks and monitors 15 elements of the user’s performance, including muscle fatigue, muscle activation and movement techniques.
One of the primary systems inside is the sEMG, which stands for surface electromyogram, and assesses muscle functions by recording muscles activity from the surface above the muscle on the skin.
All these data are then transferred and synchronised via Bluetooth from the KeenBrace core to an app on a device or phone. Voice coaching instructions such as cadence are also delivered via the free app, available for Android; iOS will be available this autumn.
KeenBrace is not available, as it has not been officially launched to the market. But it has been causing a stir among the fitness enthusiast who are testing it with its effectiveness and efficient use of the data collected. The launch is being financed by a crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo.
“KeenBrace muscle-mapping technology is the fitness wearable everyone has been asking for, but missing in the market,” said Ken Leung, CEO of QianHaiLanYue Tech. “Our device has the potential to be used in a wide range of scenarios and holds major potential and opportunities for the sports and active lifestyle market. KeenBrace offers the easiest and most accessible way to muscle-mapping, and is a true landmark of what fitness wearable is capable of. This could be the future of fitness wearables.”