HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 /myithlete @myithlete
• Introduction
• What is the opportunity?
• What was the challenge?
• How did we approach it?
• How did it come out?
• Tho...
• Biomedical engineer and inventor from Hampshire
• My professional background is in signal processing
• digital broadcast...
• Deliberately & repeatedly stress the body
• Force adaptation through super compensation
• Get stronger, faster, more eff...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
How do athletes train effectively ?
- it’s all in the periodisation
/myithlete @myithlete
• Subjective indications:
 Muscle soreness
 Fatigue
 Mood / motivation
 Stress
• Objective measures:
 Jump height
 R...
• HRV is a medical measurement
• known about for a long time
• Sensor attached to body
• Originally performed using ECG
• ...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Autonomic (involuntary) nervous system
/myithlete @myithlete
HRV Fit Ltd © 2014
The ithlete patent is mainly about the UX
/myithlete @myithlete
…not new science
• Convenient 1 min
mea...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
UI generation 0 (pre-release)
/myithlete @myithlete
Measurement Results
Beta tester feedback: scale not...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
UI generation 1
/myithlete @myithlete
Measurement Results
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
UI generation 2
/myithlete @myithlete
Measurement Results
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Process to create UI generation 3
/myithlete @myithlete
Unfiltered
ideas
collection
(xls)
Magazine
& we...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Process to create UI generation 3
/myithlete @myithlete
Unfiltered
ideas
Feasibility
study
Team
review
...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
UI generation 1-2 sensors
/myithlete @myithlete
Chest strap Receiver
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
UI generation 3 sensor
/myithlete @myithlete
Finger sensor Direct plug in to phones
Why not
wireless?
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Generation 3 UI
/myithlete @myithlete
• Remove distractions during measurement
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Generation 3 UI
/myithlete @myithlete
• Prioritise most important information whilst allowing detail
En...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Generation 3 UI
/myithlete @myithlete
• Collect hygiene & configuration settings in a simple nested menu
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
ithlete creates a journey of self discovery
/myithlete @myithlete
• Landscape chart lets you correlate ...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
What has been the reaction to new UX?
/myithlete @myithlete
• Loving the new @myithlete app! Goes into ...
• How often should you update an app?
• How to secure ongoing revenues?
• To what extent should you interface & open up AP...
HRV Fit Ltd © 2013
Questions and
comments?
Simon@myithlete.com
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Athlete health tracking - from laboratory measure to popular app (ithlete)

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Since the 1980s, elite athletes have used a clinical measure called heart rate variability (HRV) to help assess their fatigue, recovery and readiness to compete, but up until 4 years ago, no user friendly, affordable version was available to recreational athletes and sportspeople. This presentation will cover the stages of bringing HRV out of the lab and onto the smartphone, including making the measurement itself simple and convenient, and the evolution of a user interface that helps users decide when they should train for best effect but also discover lifestyle factors that have a major influence on their performance and overall health.

ABOUT SIMON
Hello, my name is Simon Wegerif, I’m a biomedical engineer and inventor who lives with my family in the beautiful New Forest in Hampshire, UK.

My professional background is in signal processing, having been a pioneer of digital broadcasting at the BBC in London and Philips Electronics in the UK and Silicon Valley, where I managed a number of technology startup activities.

Recreationally, I have been a keen, but not very talented endurance athlete most of my adult life, firstly in rowing, then running, triathlon and nowadays I am a competitive cyclist.

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  1. 1. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 /myithlete @myithlete
  2. 2. • Introduction • What is the opportunity? • What was the challenge? • How did we approach it? • How did it come out? • Thoughts for the future HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Contents /myithlete @myithlete
  3. 3. • Biomedical engineer and inventor from Hampshire • My professional background is in signal processing • digital broadcasting at the BBC in London • Philips Electronics in the UK and Silicon Valley • Keen, but not very talented endurance athlete • rowing • running • Triathlon • now competitive cyclist HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 about Simon /myithlete @myithlete
  4. 4. • Deliberately & repeatedly stress the body • Force adaptation through super compensation • Get stronger, faster, more efficient • The magic happens during recovery • Training = Workouts + Recovery • If the balance between Workouts & Recovery is wrong, either: • Under-train – improvement is slow or does not occur at all • Over-train – improvement also does not occur ! • Overtraining = Under recovery HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 The timing of training is important /myithlete @myithlete
  5. 5. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 How do athletes train effectively ? - it’s all in the periodisation /myithlete @myithlete
  6. 6. • Subjective indications:  Muscle soreness  Fatigue  Mood / motivation  Stress • Objective measures:  Jump height  Reaction times  Cardiovascular (autonomic) measures  Resting Heart rate  Heart Rate variability (HRV) HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Measure recovery & know when to work out /myithlete @myithlete
  7. 7. • HRV is a medical measurement • known about for a long time • Sensor attached to body • Originally performed using ECG • Some models of HRM strap • Pulse at finger tip • Used in Soviet space program, elite athletics • Traditionally expensive & complex to perform  Challenge: make it simple & inexpensive HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 What is HRV analysis ? /myithlete @myithlete
  8. 8. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Autonomic (involuntary) nervous system /myithlete @myithlete
  9. 9. HRV Fit Ltd © 2014 The ithlete patent is mainly about the UX /myithlete @myithlete …not new science • Convenient 1 min measure • Robust processing algorithms • User feedback in 3 complementary forms • Traffic lights • Number scale • Charts • Correlations between objective (HRV) and subjective (Likert scale) measures
  10. 10. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 UI generation 0 (pre-release) /myithlete @myithlete Measurement Results Beta tester feedback: scale not intuitive, lacked countdown timer during measurement
  11. 11. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 UI generation 1 /myithlete @myithlete Measurement Results
  12. 12. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 UI generation 2 /myithlete @myithlete Measurement Results
  13. 13. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Process to create UI generation 3 /myithlete @myithlete Unfiltered ideas collection (xls) Magazine & web reviews User surveys Forum, social media
  14. 14. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Process to create UI generation 3 /myithlete @myithlete Unfiltered ideas Feasibility study Team review V3.x Prioritised features Design concepts
  15. 15. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 UI generation 1-2 sensors /myithlete @myithlete Chest strap Receiver
  16. 16. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 UI generation 3 sensor /myithlete @myithlete Finger sensor Direct plug in to phones Why not wireless?
  17. 17. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Generation 3 UI /myithlete @myithlete • Remove distractions during measurement
  18. 18. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Generation 3 UI /myithlete @myithlete • Prioritise most important information whilst allowing detail End of measurement Dashboard
  19. 19. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Generation 3 UI /myithlete @myithlete • Collect hygiene & configuration settings in a simple nested menu
  20. 20. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 ithlete creates a journey of self discovery /myithlete @myithlete • Landscape chart lets you correlate HRV changes with subjective indicators and training load
  21. 21. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 What has been the reaction to new UX? /myithlete @myithlete • Loving the new @myithlete app! Goes into great detail! Check these guys out if you're looking 2monitor #recovery!  Lee Doran, Twitter • Version 3 Awesome!  Michael Kress, Twitter • Love the new app interface! Thanks! Just started using ithlete last week, hoping will help train smarter.  Aaron Olson, Twitter
  22. 22. • How often should you update an app? • How to secure ongoing revenues? • To what extent should you interface & open up APIs to other apps? • How closely should you tie the app to your website? HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Thoughts for the future /myithlete @myithlete
  23. 23. HRV Fit Ltd © 2013 Questions and comments? Simon@myithlete.com

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