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This company is bringing the fitness tracker to wheelchair users

This is pretty cool. Chaotic Moon Studios, an Austin-based tech startup, is developing a fitness tracker for wheelchairs.

Called the Freewheel, the tracker was developed by Chaotic Moon’s BASE innovation lab and is the result of a suggestion put forward by Tyler Hively, a content strategist at the company who uses a wheelchair himself.

According to TechCrunch, the team continued to consult with Hively during the product’s development.

The Freewheel reportedly uses Hall Effect Sensors,a barometer, a gyroscope and an accelerometer to measure things such as speed, acceleration, incline, and decline.

Read more: 5 useful but fashionable fitness gadgets for the sporty generation

Data form the tracker can be transferred using Bluetooth and it can also be connected to more conventional wearable devices for things like heart rate monitoring.

Chaotic Moon is planning to expand use of the FreeWheel beyond just wheelchairs too. The company says that the hope is that the terrain data gathered by the FreeWheel can be used for bike riders, hikers, and even just people looking for the flattest route to the shops.

The company, which was recently acquired by Accenture, has a history of innovative prototyping, as a look at its YouTube channel will show you.

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