Innovators in Fitness and Health Technology
The digitalization of health and fitness is making the process of knowing what our bodies need and how they’re functioning an easier and quicker endeavor. Wearables such as smartwatches, step counters, trackers, heart rate and sleep monitors, etc., are increasingly more available mainstream.
It’s important to know not only about the technology out there but also the minds behind the technology. Let’s look at four rising stars bringing healthcare technology and biometrics to your doorstep.
Brent Hixson, President, CEO at LEVL
Founded by Brad Root in 1994, LEVL (a branch of Medamonitor, LLC) is a group of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and fitness experts working together to help people achieve health and fitness goals. Brent Hixson joined LEVL in 2013, leading the company from stages of initial research to product development. Hixon’s collegiate athletic background fueled his interest in fitness and sports and his own personal experiences with juggling work and kids and life while trying to fit in exercise and healthy eating fuel his passion for fitness technology. Hixson stresses the importance of being proactive in our own health:
“In the past, we have reacted and treated healthcare issues as they arise, versus taking a proactive approach to managing our health,” he explains. “Obviously, people have access to scales and are aware of how they generally feel — but outside of annual physicals at the doctor, people don’t have access to information about what’s going on inside their body.”
LEVL’s latest contribution to the fitness technology field:
A fitness tracker that uses breath sensor technology to detect the amount of fat burned during a workout.
Steven LeBoeuf, President, Co-Founder & Founding CEO of Valencell
Founded in 2006 by Dr. LeBoeuf and others, Valencell is one of the leading innovators in high-performance biometric sensor technology for wearables and hearables. Valencell is unique in this group as they do not produce consumer products. Instead they work with the technology, development, prototype and licensing for the products. They provide biometrics such as blood pressure monitoring, V02 max monitoring, continuous heart rate and cardiac efficiency monitoring, etc.
Dr. LeBoeuf earned his PhD in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University and worked as a biosensor project manager and device scientist at GE Global Research before co-founding Valencell. He emphasizes individuality in fitness technology:
“People respond to activities differently. You’ve got to see how people respond to the things they do. [Valencell’s technology helps] track their daily activities, and then we can give them personalized results. If I found out that every time I ate fried foods, I was destroying my cardiovascular health, I would stop, as much as it would pain me in my irrevocable Cajun nature.”
Valencell’s latest contribution to the fitness technology market:
Wearable sensor technology that continuously and accurately measures biometrics like heart rate and activity.
Colleen Gray, CEO, Consensus Orthopedics
Consensus Orthopedics provides proven orthopedic implants and combines the industry standard in large joint reconstruction. They use innovative technologies to create intelligent engineering.
Ms. Gray has been the President and CEO of Consensus Orthopedics since 2004. Prior to this she was the President and CEO of Solid Data Systems. She earned her BS in Accounting at Arizona State University.
Consensus’ recent contributions to the fitness technology market:
The Consensus Knee System, the Revision Knee System, and the Mobile Bearing Knee System, which enable people with knee injuries to get back to an active lifestyle as soon as possible.
Kari Kivela, CTO, Head of Design at OURA
Focusing on metrics such as total sleep-time and night-time resting heart rate, OURA allows users to import and export data for holistic insight on fitness and health. OURA addresses the importance of restorative sleep on our state of mind and health.
Kivela has a background with mobile devices and with combining technology and design. He states that one of the biggest obstacles in the wearable industry comes down to aesthetics:
“People don’t want to wear a wellness computer that looks like, well, a computer. To benefit from wearable wellness technology, you have to want to wear it.”
OURA’s latest contribution to the fitness technology market:
A ring-sized wellness computer that helps improve sleep quality and overall fitness performance.
Our attention focuses on the products and functions that help make getting and staying fit and healthy easier, more convenient, and quicker than ever before. But let’s also recognize some of the greater minds behind the gadgets!
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