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Tracking software, plus integrated artificial intelligence, plus a camera… and speed touch holds: With that speed climbers will have data on their exact progression up the route. The technology, accurate up to one-thousandth of a second, will allow athletes and coaches to assess moments of acceleration and deceleration, manipulate training programs, and track rankings.
Produced by Luxov, a France-based startup founded in 2011, the software will debut with climbing itself at the 2020 Olympic Games. Look for the black speed holds—those are the ones with the touch-sensitive tracking technology. With the graphics and results, fans will be able to see exactly how their favorite speed climbers made their way up the route.
For now, the technology is just for speed climbing. Luxov hopes to apply it to all disciplines in the future. “The vision of our start-up is to encourage and promote accessibility of the sport and develop more precise and objective training systems,” stated Denis Garnier, Luxov Presiden. “We want to create systems that adapt to individual training programs and preferences. It is with this ambition that we continue to innovate, and who knows, perhaps we will have new solutions in three years for the Olympic Games in Paris.”