Pushing the Limits of Performance with Humon

June 24, 2016 - By: Sarah Hovis

‘Be More.’

That is what startup company Humon is promising athletes with its algorithm and wearable sensor that empowers athletes with unique insights, pushing them to their optimal performance. The idea began to take shape when cofounders, MIT Ph.D. candidate Daniel Wiese (class of 2017) and former classmate and Masters student at Sloan, Alessandro Babini, asked hundreds of people—from all walks of life the question, "What do you need to know about your body today that would change your life?" While their answers varied, the duo took note of how endurance athletes answered and realized they found their focus. Almost every serious athlete said what they wanted to know most was their lactic acid threshold. "This underlying problem all athletes have is knowing how hard they can push themselves without exceeding the limits of their body," Babini told BostonInno.com.

Humon (‘Human Monitor’) is the first thigh-worn wearable that non-invasively measures oxygen levels in muscles, in real-time, and without a single drop of blood. In turn predicting and preventing the build-up of lactic acid from happening. Currently, it is being tested by 50 Boston athletes, including a couple who wore it during the Boston Marathon (It's also been vetted clinically and is patent pending.) Just how game-changing is this technology? it's already won the 2016 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference startup competition. Not to mention it is endorsed and advised by Dr. Matthew Provencher, the former medical director of the New England Patriots, and Dr. Maria Angela Franceschini, the woman credited with inventing the gold-standard measurement device for muscle tissue oxygenation.

The device will retail around $300 (comparable to a high-end Fitbit) and be available toward the end of the year. And while Humon will initially be beneficial to more of the hardcore athletes, Babini and Wiese also want it accessible to the amateur athlete, the weekend warrior training for their next 5K, or that hike with friends.

Tell us in the comments if Humon is something you’d try when it hits the market.

Photo via: TechCrunch