Samsung SmartSuit is helping short track skaters train for the Winter Olympics

But the smart garment won't be seen in Pyeongchang
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Samsung has carved out a reputation for being one of the most experimental tech giants, and now its innovative wares are spreading to Olympians.

The Korean giant has created Samsung SmartSuit, a piece of smart clothing that's able to provide Olympic short track speed skaters with insights into their training. Each SmartSuit has five sensors that deliver a real-time look at the wearer's body position back to the coach's smartphone, with metrics in the millimetres helping teams use the data to alter training.

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These changes don't have to wait until after the skater steps off the ice, either, with the coach free to use the app to send a vibration to the suit's wrist. This buzz could, for example, represent a need to straighten out a reoccurring technical flaw in the skater — if they aren't bending enough at a certain point, the vibration could be sent to signal the need to crouch deeper.

However, since the suits are designed only for training, you won't be seeing skaters wear them when the Winter Olympic Games kick off next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea. And with each SmartSuit being tailored to an individual athlete, it doesn't appear as if regular skaters will get the chance to tap into the same kind of detail.

We imagine it's fairly likely that this kind of data will eventually be transmitted through broadcasts of events in the Games itself, though, in order to give viewers a better grasp on the fine margins which separate athletes. If it does progress to that point, expect Samsung to be one of the names involved with its implementation.

Samsung SmartSuit is helping short track skaters train for the Winter Olympics

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Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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