It was pretty awesome to see my own muscle on my smartphone screen. It looked like the surface of a dark sea dotted with little waves. If I moved my leg, the little waves on the screen would move and crash as well. It was live, it was real, it was my own muscle. And I wasn’t even near a hospital.
When the race started I was surprised at how free I was in my movements. Despite the size and the amount of straps, the ProbeFix S felt pretty solid. At every kilometer of the race I activated the transducer via the smartphone app, which made a 10 second live ultrasound video of my moving thigh muscle. The Usono boys were on their bikes and followed me for most of the race, armed with backup material in case something went wrong.
But nothing went wrong. I finished the race with no hiccups and 21 short video’s on my phone, which were uploaded to laptops right away. 21 images of a dark sea moving and churning as if a storm was upon it. “Too bad the left side of the image is too dark,” said COO Victor Donker. “I think the gel has come loose there.” Comfortable
Although it proved hard to draw conclusions from the data (Benjamin Tchang had wanted to measure the diameter of my muscle as the race progressed to see if it changed with fatigue, but the dark spots on the video prevented an accurate measurement), the boys at Usono were satisfied with the test.
“We’re very happy that the fixation was good and felt comfortable during the run,” said Tchang. “The fact that we were able to monitor a moving muscle for an hour and a half is in itself a success,” added Donker.
Actually, it was one hour and twenty minutes, thank you very much. (I do take some pride in my finishing time.)All the way
I can see how technology of this kind could help both elite athletes and regular exercisers. Having been injured a few times myself, I would love to be able to see early warning signals in my muscle before the injury took place. And to track the progress of the muscle during recovery. Let’s hope Usono
can take the technology all the way.
In the meantime I will be filling out my application for the Guinness Book of World Records.