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With the introduction of the One UI 4.1 Watch, Samsung has brought two useful features for runners: sweat loss tracking and VO2 Max estimation. Now, the company aims to enhance the accuracy of these functions by collaborating with researchers at the University of Michigan Exercise and Sports Science Initiative (ESSI).
The research will be led by the Michigan Performance Research Laboratory (MiPR), ESSI’s core research laboratory. They have already started recruiting participants and collecting data, and the study will continue for eight months.
The testing will be conducted indoors (on a treadmill) and outdoors, with running trials ranging from 2.5km to 20km (1.5-12 miles). To collect data, Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (CPET) and weight change tracking will be utilized.
As the name suggests, the sweat loss feature on the Samsung Galaxy Watches estimates the amount of water you have lost and recommends the appropriate amount to drink for post-run recovery. The goal is to improve the watches’ ability to assist users in managing sweat loss, dehydration, and heat.
“Samsung is dedicated to providing more valuable health insights through collaborations with industry leaders and academic institutions. We are thrilled to partner with the University of Michigan’s Exercise and Sports Science Initiative, experts in fitness and sports health, to offer even more meaningful insights to the runners who rely on the accuracy and personal motivation provided by the Galaxy Watch series.” said Hon Pak, Vice President and Head of the Digital Health Team, MX Business at Samsung Electronics.