Wearable Research – Charmaine Goh

Wheelie Wrench Bike Tool

Practice It Works In

The Wheelie Wrench tool is created for recreational and competitive bikers. This bike tool, approximately the size of a matchbox, comes separately from the All TimeBelt. It is made to enable riders to fix their bikes at anywhere and anytime.

Specific Use

The Wheelie Wrench bike tool is also equipped with 17 essential tools in a design that is compact and easy to carry. Its features include:

  • 2mm thru 6mm hex bits (including 2.5mm)
  • T10 and T25 Torx bits
  • #2 Phillips screwdriver
  • Slotted screwdriver
  • Tire lever
  • 8mm box wrench
  • 10mm box wrench
  • 15mm open ended wrench
  • Spoke wrenches

The tools are useful for adjusting the tyre rubber around the rim of the wheel, tightening of screws of different parts of the bike such as the handbrakes and fixing of the bottle holder and more.

Mobility

Due to its small size, the Wheelie Wrench bike tool can be easily carried around. It fits perfectly fine in pockets and is extremely mobile and convenient. Fix Manufacturing also came out with a belt design that can be worn with this bike tool.

Utility vs Fashionability

This bike tool is extremely functional and is catered specially for bike riders with the specific essential tools to fix their bike. The company also designed tool sets that is catered for skaters and snowboarder, all of which differs in the attached tool set depending on what the various profession requires. Its matchstick box-like design made it look sleek and convenient. When paired with the All TimeBelt, the tool can instantly become a fashion statement.

According the Fix Manufacturing, Its utility qualities are also further enhanced with the characteristic of being weatherproof. All the tools have undergone the saltwater corrosion testing that simulates the harshest condition. Also, it is highly durable due to its heat-treated steel alloy material. Hence, this bike tool can be highly usable and fashionable at the same time.

Source: http://fixmfg.com/

GoX SmartRun Insole

Practice It Works In

The insole was actually a product that kick-started during a 5-year partnership with the US Navy with goal of optimising training. It can be used by athletes to keep track of their progress and to enhance the effectiveness of their training, especially if their profession requires leg movements.

Specific Use

It is the first insole that is able to measure:

  • Propulsive Power
  • Velocity
  • Metabolic Efficiency
  • Stride Symmetry
  • Peak forces from Heel to Toe

It is made up of a Bluetooth-enabled carbon fabric nanomaterial with conductive electrodes inside a protective insole. By measuring forces on the foot, users will be able to optimise fitness training, reduce the risk of injuries and provide more accurate results on the measurements stated above, which I would say is vital for most athletes and professions that requires the use of leg movements.

Mobility

It is highly mobile because athletes and users can track the data and records anytime and anywhere they go as the insole automatically sends data to a mobile app that GoX Studio had developed, during and after the exercise. It is also lightweight and can easily be switched when shoes are changed. With this there’s no need for athletes like runners to check their condition in a lab with laptop/computer and wires/patches attached. They can track their progress anytime they want with the app, even during training.

Utility vs Fashionability

It is highly usable due to its accuracy. It is confirmed by the U.S. Army that the SmartRun insole is 11.7 times more accurate than leading consumer fitness trackers for calories burned and its data actually nearly matches the result of the clinical standards for measuring metabolism, calories burned, and ground floor impact.

Fashion-wise, I would say it is not a big factor as it is hidden inside the shoes. But overall, it has a cool and professional look to it with the gold coloured cover and black outline. Most importantly, it is said to be highly comfortable and users will not be able to feel the GoX SmartRun when they walk or run.

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