A new startup created by a former Google research and development lead and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and Massachusetts General Hospital’s Sports Science Lab wants to take things in a new direction, however.
Called Figur8, the company has developed on-body sensor patches that promise to measure musculoskeletal performance and recovery in a way that’s not been possible previously without resorting to clunky and expensive imaging technology. In doing so, its 3D micrometer-precise analysis of muscle activity and joint mobility could be used for everything from helping track elite athletes to diagnosing mobility-impeding conditions such as Parkinson’s disease. Its creators claim that it can even outperform gold-standard screening tools like MRIs and X-rays in certain conditions.
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