Prologo has expanded its Myown range of products with an innovative sensor system that can measure and map the pressure exerted on the saddle using textile sensors to identify the ideal seat for riders in a matter of minutes.
Working in partnership with the bioengineering research center at the University of Pisa, Prologo has developed a combination of hardware and software that can identify the best saddle choice by using a wireless sensor mat that can be placed directly on the seat of the rider’s bike.
By having the rider pedal on rollers, the sensors transmit the forces exerted on the saddle in real time, subsequently reporting the distribution of pressure and its peaks. From there, the data can be used to determine the best saddle for the rider in terms of shape and position.
The sensor mat is a simple fabric with +50 pressure sensors placed along the entire surface of the saddle, allowing them to measure even the slightest changes in pressure and transmitting the data to the system that will create real-time 2D and 3D tracking of the saddle and the forces exerted on it.
For maximum accuracy, all models and shapes of Prologo saddles are pre-saved, allowing the sensors to match the model being used.
For example, if a model with an exhaust channel is used, the center sensors will turn off, simulating the channel operation. If a saddle is 134mm wide the sensors positioned at 156mm will automatically turn off so as not to affect the result. Next, the data is transmitted to either a smartphone or computer, storing it in a personal file that will always be accessible.
Two different types of sessions
There are two different types of sessions that can be carried out, a Free trial and a Guided trial.
In the former, data is recorded freely and can be stored indefinitely, while in the case of the Guided trial, instructions are given on how to position oneself (hands down on the handlebars, hands in high grip, aerodynamic position…) with well-defined time intervals, helping the rider to acquire the correct data during different pedaling situations/positions.
From there, the fitter can assess the data and determine the best saddle and position based on parameters such as width, length ect…
Once the session is over, a report of the most detailed data is automatically generated, creating a personal record that’s easily accessible and can be compared with future sessions.
Thanks to the combination of the Myown perfect saddle cube and the Myown pressure map mat, within minutes the rider can determine ideal saddle.
For example, using the Myown cube with a gel insert, the fitter can analyze the rider’s anthropometric measurements in order to determine the optimal saddle width, while also taking into consideration his or her style of riding and experience level. The rotation of the pelvis is then assessed to choose the shape of the saddle i.e. round, half-round or flat.
Finally, the rider’s body mass index is calculated in order to understand the forces that are being exerted on the saddle.
By entering this data, the software will be able to determine the best saddle choices based on the rider’s style and characteristics.
Lastly, after the Myown pressure map helps choose the best saddle, the data also provides optimal positioning of the saddle i.e. correct fore and aft.
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