Most fitness trackers today sit on the wrist, giving you quick, easy access to information. That’s all well and good, but there’s one distinct problem there: there isn’t really much in the way of muscle mass in your wrist. Of course not all fitness tracking is about your muscles, but having a close eye on them is important, which is why the LEO fitness wearable, is wrapped around your thigh, giving much more information than your average tracker.
Along with monitoring all the usual fitness metrics like location, distance travelled, speed, calories burned, steps taken etc., the LEO monitors much more than that. By being able to look deep into your leg muscles, the LEO can determine your hydration levels and can therefore let you know when you need to take a drink. It can also track the build up of lactic acid in the muscle, giving you a heads up if you’re training too hard and are in danger of spraining something.
The LEO also acts as a personal trainer, giving you tips on what you want to improve. If you’re looking to increase endurance, it will let you know to increase or decrease your speed to hit that sweet spot. Likewise it can correct form, so if you happen to be pushing harder with one leg rather than the other, it can let you know to balance out the effort.
But that’s all things that happen while you’re training, the really interesting stuff takes place afterwards. Taking into consideration all of the biometrics that the LEO tracks, it’s able to extrapolate that and create results tables and break downs of your fitness level and performance. You can then compare these stats with friends and challenge them to virtual races, where your best times over the next workout are compared.
The indiegogo campaign for the LEO has just finished, smashing its original goal by nearly three times, so it’s only available for pre-order at the moment, but it can be reserved for $230. Final retail price will be $299 (£180).
One of the issues with being attached to the leg, is you’re generally restricted to tracking leg based exercise with it. However that can include everything from running, to cycling, walking, jumping, dancing, squatting or doing kickboxing or other kicking orientated martial arts.
The Leo looks to be a real next generation fitness wearable, tracking more than just the basics. It’s going to be interesting to see if that high price deters people from picking one up though.