Since its initial release, Google Glass has been criticized by many as being ugly, unsafe and dysfunctional. Sensoria Fitness however recently announced an app which is perhaps one of the few apps which allow users to make a legitimate use of Google Glass.
By using augmented reality and hi-tech 100% textile sensors embedded in workout clothing, users can load an app appropriately titled Race Yourself to Glass, and turn even the most mundane workout an adventure.
Whether you’re pulling an Indiana Jones by trying to outrun boulders on city streets, scrambling to outmaneuver zombies or participating in a virtual marathon – Race Yourself allows Google Glass wearers to finally use their gadgets for something more than discretely snapping photos and videos of their daily routine.
Not just an app, the offering is a full blown platform designed to offer users a variety of exercise related games.
To take full advantage of this technology, users need to wear specialized clothing with embedded sensors. The options range from a sports bra, to a shirt and even socks – all of which go above your average heart-rate monitor by measuring many more metrics. For programmers and companies looking to build on the Sensoria platform, the developer kit sells for a relatively reasonable $999.00.
As mentioned in our earlier article about the challenges to wearable technology, to date, many devices have been failing not necessarily because of technical limitations but because consumers and businesses haven’t had the need to splurge on new technologies.
Google Glass is one of the best modern cases of something which is floundering because it is too ahead of its time. Putting the limited battery life aside, if Glass had more useful applications, users would look beyond that minor issue.
Gamification is one of the best ways for app creators to gain traction within this narrow niche because app users love games, and in today’s digital society, even the simplest scoring can lead to major upticks in usage. In this case, by turning fitness into a game, Sensoria not only is making a dreaded task – workouts – more enjoyable, but they also are starting an ecosystem for a device which has been on thin ice since its inception.
For a demo of Race Yourself, feel free to check out the video below: