The Leomo Type-R wearable tech system has been built to help cyclists race – to race better, and race faster.
The Type-R comprises a head unit with display screen, and five small Bluetooth sensors, worn on the rider’s thighs, feet, and pelvis. The sensors collect movement data at 100 points per second, and send it to the screen in real-time.
Examples of motion data collected by the Leomo Type-R include:
- Dead Spot Scores: pinpointing the magnitude and locations where pedaling velocities lack smoothness along the left and right pedaling cycles.
- Foot Angular Range: measuring the up and down movement of the heel while pedaling.
- Foot Angular Range (Q1): measuring how much the heel moves up and down between the 12 and 3 o’clock positions.
- Leg Angular Range: measuring the range of movement of the thighs while pedaling.
- Pelvic Tilt: measuring the tilt upwards of the rider’s pelvis.
Additionally, the system is set up to integrate with other sensors via ANT+, allowing the motion data to be collated along other data, such as power output, cadence, speed, heart rate, and elevation data. Data can then be viewed and analysed via Leomo’s activity analytics web app, and stored to record stats and progress over time.
The five sensors are 1.5 inches square, and 0.3 inches thick, and each contain a rechargeable battery, recharged via USB. Battery life for the sensors is 8 hours. Each of the sensors contains a three-axis gyroscope and three-axis accelerometer.
The display unit measures 3.5 (W) x 3.3 (H) inch, in which sits a 3 inch touchscreen. The screen can be mounted on the bike’s handlebars, or worn on the cyclist’s wrist. Inside the head unit is 8GB of memory, good for about 30 hours ride data. Battery life is still being tested, but Leomo expect it to be somewhere around 5-6 hours.
Leomo Type-R price and availability
The Leomo Type-R will go on sale ‘later this year’, with a retail price expected to be in the $700 to $800 range.
Prior to it being widely available, Leomo is running an Open Beta Program, allowing limited access to pre-release versions of the system, by invitation only. The first 100 units to gain access can buy the system for $399.99, after which the next 300 will be $499.99. After that another 300 will be available, at a price of $599.99.
Cyclists and coaches interested in gaining access to the TYPE-R Open Beta Program can apply via the Leomo site. Registration to the program is open now.
What’s next for Leomo?
Leomo’s first use of this technology is purpose-built for cyclists and triathletes, but the company has other sports firmly in sight for future releases.
“Optimal motion is important for just about any sport, so we see broad applications of this technology in the future,” said Kunihiko Kaji, Leomo’s CEO and co-founder. “We have also set our sights firmly on running and swimming in the near future.”