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Infosys invests $3M in wearables technology firm Whoop

Infosys has invested $3 million in the wearables company Whoop, with the investment expected to be completed by the 16th of December, the company informed the BSE (pdf). Infosys will get a minority holding in the company. This was first reported by the Hindu. The Whoop system is a wrist-worn strap that measures physical stats and other data, and provides athletes with an ‘Intensity’ score, corresponding to the level of physical strain and exertion. Based on the company's algorithm, the device also provides a recovery score, which measures how prepared the body is for further exertion and finally it provides a sleep performance score, which evaluates the hours and quality of sleep an athlete gets. Overall, the device claims to collect over 150 MB of physiological data per day based on five variables: heart rate, including the variation in time between beats; skin conductivity to monitor skin moisture and sleep latency; accelerometer and motion sensors to keep track of activity, and ambient temperature sensors. This entire system provides a dashboard for coaches to monitor all this data as well. In fact, the company focuses on professionals, and even offers coaches a team dashboard that lets them track overtraining or undertraining athletes, check how rested athletes are and which athletes are at a greater risk of injury. As of now the company sells its devices only to professional athletes, college athletes, coaches/trainer or general competitors in a sports event. It’s not clear how much these devices cost. Currently, the company claims…

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