Not your classic wearable, the bOMDIC GoMore sits in an adjustable strap that fits around your chest and its main priority is endurance, gauging your stamina throughout physical activity.
- Price: Kickstarter Early Bird Special $99, Retails at $149
- Sizing: Elastic strap (59 mm x 34 mm x 14.5 mm, 20 grams)
- Battery: Up to 24 hours
With all the amazing options on the market at the moment for wrist-worn and belt-clip wearables, do we really need another device to lug around during exercise?
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What does it track?
GoMore claims to be the world’s first stamina fitness sensor. It aims to aid prospective athletes by helping them understand how much stamina is required to complete a routine and when their body is running low on stamina. The bOMDIC’s patented algorithm monitors the user’s heart rate by calculating 64,000 data points per second. The GoMore’s sensor sits in a chest strap and identifies when the user’s stamina is decreasing and their pace slows. This is handy as slowed pace and reduced waning stamina can cause labored breathing in the athlete, which can lead to muscle fatigue.
The idea is that, if an athlete can quantitatively track and visualize stamina, they can use this information to train more efficiently and push through their boundaries by avoiding unnecessary fatigue.
The GoMore does this by focusing on three key areas, during exercise, right after exercise, and over long term. During exercise, the GoMore gives you ‘fatigue alerts’ that vibrate against the user’s chest at the optimal times to slow down, speed up or take a break. Right after exercise, the GoMore gauges your stamina and will let you know if you’ve got enough fuel in your tank to push on. For example, you’ve just run 20 km and you’ve decided to call it a day, the GoMore will project how much longer you can run based on the stamina left over from the workout. And for the long term, GoMore will keep records from your performance in each session you save and will graph it in a comprehendible manner. This feature helps you plan for your future workouts and optimise training performance.
GoMore uses soft biometric information, like height, weight and age, along side recording your electrocardiogram (ECG) signals through two electrodes on the stamina sensor. This information gathered from your ECG can show how your body responds to different exercises, durations, and ‘frequencies under various environmental conditions such as elevation, temperature and humidity.’ The GoMore takes all of these factors into consideration and answers questions you can’t possibly answer your self, like ‘is it too hot for me to be exercising?’ or ‘is this incline too steep?’
Is it worth carrying another fitness tracker?
Out of the box, the GoMore will come with the stamina sensor itself, the adjustable chest belt, a quick start guide and USB charging cable. But, you will need to be hooked up to your iPhone at all times via Bluetooth while using the GoMore. It doesn’t store any information in the device itself, and can’t be used as a standalone fitness tracker. And, at release the app will only be available for Apple devices. Android users will have to hold out until July 2015, while Windows users don’t even get a mention on the GoMore website.
Seeing as the device hasn’t released yet, it’s hard to say for sure whether the GoMore is worth the $149.00 price tag. The in-depth focus on stamina certainly is appealing, as it’s addressing a vital issue that high-performance athletes face on the regular. For us everyday fitness fanatics, it hardly seems worth to extra weight at this stage. Maybe if the GoMore had more connectivity with other operating systems it would be worth considering. As it stands though, you will need an iPhone on you at all times and another fitness wearable if you wish to record all of your workout statistics.
- Concealed chest strap
- Very interesting stamina tracking technology
- Aims to optimise workouts with real time fatigue alerts
- Only supported by iOS at release
- Does not work as a standalone device. You’ll need to carry your phone and your normal fitness tracker