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Eliud Kipchoge

Runner Guillaume Adam wants to go faster, further and for longer.

Like many modern runners, the former French national team member uses technology as a key element in helping him hit a new personal best.

Gadgets are as essential a part of a runner’s kit as the shoes on their feet. Few head out these days without a step counter, GPS watch, smartphone or smartwatch.

The wearables keep an eye on the distance covered, pace, heart rate and cadence – helping to ensure they get as much out of the session as possible.

“I’m a scientist as well as a runner so when I want data I want to get reliable data,” said Mr Adam.

Unfortunately, he said, many wearables do not gather data accurately.

Source: BBC Technology News

Date: November 11th, 2019

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49045714

Discussion

  1. Why do you think the sensors do such a bad job monitoring exercise?
  2. Is it ethical for companies to sell technology like this when it does not do a good job?
  3. Are there other applications for the new technology suggested in this article?

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