The Manifold crew has designed an open source hardware platform capable of tracking real-time running cadence.
Dubbed “Striker,” the prototype boasts both an Atmel powered wristwatch as well as an Atmel based footpod.
More specifically, key wristwatch specs include:
- Sparkfun Pro Micro (ATmega32U4 MCU)
- 850mAh lithium ion battery
- Power cell (Lipo Charger/Booster)
- SPDT mini power switch
- Monochrome 128×32 SPI OLED graphic display
- XBee 2mW PCB Antenna (Series 2)
Key footpod specs?
- Fio v3 (ATmega32U4 MCU)
- 110mAh lithium ion battery
- Force sensitive resistor
- Terminal block (2-pin 3.5mm)
- XBee 2mW PCB antenna (series 2)
“Striker will remain in the lab for now, but hopefully something like this will become more readily available for runners everywhere,” a Manifold rep by the name of Chad explained.
“As far as a custom solution goes, rather than inventing a watch to receive and display the cadence data it would actually make more sense to build an app for an existing watch platform. Then all you need is a footpod capable of detecting foot strikes and sending the data along using a communication protocol that the watch platform can speak like Bluetooth.”
Interested in learning more about Striker? You can scoot on out the project’s official page, along with the relevant code (Arduino + 3D models) and Fritzing breadboard sketches here.