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I think you guys should add a way for the device to help maintain a certain great rate. I.E. if I need to keep my heart rate between 125 and 135, have the device vibrate or something if my heart rate goes above or below that.
I use an AliveCor Mobile ECG and now I'm wondering if the LVL will have to be removed to take a reading. I won't mind removing it, just need to know so I don't screw up my readings. Thanks all, keep up the good work. Not too worried about time line here. We want your best and the best takes time.
Is it here yet is it here yet
I'd love to be a tester and give feedback
Regarding timeline, we don't have any additional updates to report besides what we discussed in the update last week. There's a lot of moving parts; while we've encountered challenges in some areas, we're ahead of schedule in others. We'll pass on anything affirmative in our next update in early April.
We have not authored any studies internally regarding selection of optimal fluids for rehydration but we've learned an immense amount from the work of Dr. Stacy Sims.
Stacy is an Environmental Exercise Physiologist and Nutrition Scientist who specializes in cooling and heat adaptation strategies and hydration practices.
Here's a few links to check out.
Stacy Sims Discussing Strategies for Hydrating Athletes –https://www.mobilitywod.com/propreview/current-concepts-and-thinking-in-hydrating-athletes-w-dr-stacy-simms-community-mwod-video/
The Science of Hydration, The Case for Sugar and Sodium in Fluids, and Individualizing Your Plan – http://www.enduranceplanet.com/stacy-sims-phd-the-science-of-hydration/
Fluid intake behaviour in athletes during typical training bouts – https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311861872_Fluid_intake_behaviour_in_athletes_during_typical_training_bouts
The Science of Hydration with Dr. Stacy Sims – https://www.youtube.com/watch…
We are keeping up with Garmin developments! The challenges we discussed with the two-processor LVL circuit board is unrelated to the decision to support ANT+ though.
Hi creator if this gadget measures blood glucose levels.. Then many of my friends will need it.. Awesome project.. Thank u guys
The last update was on March 10th, don't think we'd see one this soon.
Any updates on the timeline? Seems like you guys are one month behind?
Last month was the alpha prototypes and this month is supposed to be the beta. Are we on track?
Stay with ant+. I have no faith in garmin delivering on any promises and it is not just about garmin devices!
+1 on Adam's comment
I am curious/have you done any tests-studies on, when LVL is giving you a 'how hydrated are you' measurement back, what is the most efficient way to get your hydration back?
-Have food such as oranges/mangoes/watermelon
-Drink water mixed with some kind of electrolyte powder
-Drink coconut milk
-Drink some kind of sports energy drinks, such as gatorade
I am sure others will be interested in the results.
Just wondering about the duality of the chip (ANT+/BTLE) - which btw I voted for myself!! Now, it seems Garmin will open their devices to BTLE sensors starting with F5 so such duality is (well 'will be' to be precise) no longer needed. This, combined with limited chip selection due to requested duality mentioned by creators, is kind of a bummer. If it was today, I would definitely vote some other stretch goal :-/
Anyway, still excited about this device...
Super excited about the update i just read! -wont lie i was starting to worry a little when no update had been posted!- so glad i was just being a worry wart!- super excited about this project and cant wait to recieve the survey about picking lvl ect ect!! Hope everyone in the lvl team is well!
Just read your email update. Thank you for the info! It is nice to know how things are progressing! Can't wait to use the device! I have been using your Insight device for a year now and LOVE IT! LVL will be a game changer
We are not in a position to fulfill any refund requests. As many of you understand, we've devoted backers' pledges directly towards production and delivery of rewards. The early commitment by backers to support LVL is the only reason we are able to offer such steep discounts. Please privately message us with any questions or concerns.
Is it possible to get a refund? I don't think this project is going to happen.
Update 16 preview:
Hello LVL Backers! Can you believe it's almost April? Let's hear about other fun months you can't believe in!
Still no update not a very good sign. Are you offering refunds?
Try sending a pm to the developers, refunds are at their discretion..
@ Simon - i will gladly buy yours from you
Hi, anyone know if is possible to request for a refund as I no longer able to wear any object on wrist due to health issue...
@creator -I would greatly appreciate being informed if you ever proceed with developing a optical sensors device to calculate blood glucose.
As one battling with Type 2 diabetes words cannot be spoken of my appreciation.
We're working on an update. To clarify the blood glucose topic…
Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) as a technological architecture is capable of measuring blood glucose if specific wavelengths and corresponding photodiodes are employed as part of the optical sensor package. Choosing the correct wavelength for the desired biometric heightens the signal to noise ratio.
LVL's optical sensor package utilizes wavelengths and photodiodes which are optimized for the metrics that we are focused on: hydration, heart rate, sleep and activity.
If it is capable of estimating blood glucose levels, can we get that data out of it?
I'm currently using a FGM, but this would be a huge improvement in life quality.
Also curious to get an update on this project.
We need an update, according to the time line you provided in the campaign the alpha prototypes should have been tested in Feb, and the beta's are getting ready for March.
Update please. Been more than 30 days
Who has said they've received their survey... All I see are others asking *if* the survey was sent yet....
I have yet to receive a survey to choose my color etc. I see other people commenting that they already did it. Am I missing something?
I'm also curious about the blood glucose tracking, coming from a family that has a history of diabetes it would be very helpful if it can be implemented in the future.
Heh, ok ill check back in a few months, maybe I'll ask the same question because I forgot again.
@Nicholas We haven't chosen colors or sizes yet. We haven't even specified the shipping address :)
Its been a while since I have been here.
Can someone remind me if I had already chosen my band colors and size for the bands on the LVL monitors and the free turquoise version? Will it be possible to make selection changes before they ship?
@bsx thank you for saying that! I guess my only question would be, in time, would a software update allow us to have blood glucose tracking or would we need entirely new hardware?
@BSX thank you for letting me know the possibility potential.
@Marcus + Brian, the underlying NIRS optical sensor technology we've developed is capable of estimating blood glucose levels among many other advanced biometrics but with LVL we are 100% focused on hydration, heart rate (including resting and variability), sleep and activity.
With that said, we also see LVL's core internal technology as a platform that will continue to be improved upon by adding additional signals and metrics in the future.
Thanks for that @Marcus, I had not seen that video!
@Brian S - You can see YouTube video that is posted by BSX Technologies announces - LVL, a Finalist in NFL "1st and Future" Competition
In the video they talk about lvl pro providing on field performance results and lvl band (kickstarter one) provide continual hydration and sleep guide for best performance.
YouTube vide can be found at this link https://youtu.be/og1cxl_wtFo
@Marcus, I'm sorry, where are you seeing information on a LVL pro? I couldn't find anything on their site about that.
The studies you cited are all well and good, but personally I think we're years off from having accurate, optic BGL monitoring for every day consumers. Either way, the primary focal point of this tracker that we've pledged for is hydration.
BTW The Optic Society of America have 178 scientific papers on using optics to read glucose concentration in blood. You can see papers at https://www.osapublishing.org/search.cfm….
Since red light sensors penetrate 10x deep and can calculate 10x more data could lvl or lvl pro calculate BGL?
@Brian S - GlousWise is in trial phase for a non-invasive glucose monitor that uses radio waves. lvl pro is targeting professional football and BGL calculations should affect performance.
415 billion people have diabetes who spend $673 billion of health expenses. Every 6 second a person dies from diabetes.
There is a very large protental for profit in making pain-free continuous BGL monitoring
@Marcus, you do realize that to have blood glucose tracking, the watch would need to have needle(s) to prick the skin and draw blood. This watch isn't going to be a mobile hospital, it's important to keep realistic expectations.
In the future will you be.look to record blood glucose level with either lvl or lvl pro?
@Gareth We're big advocates for HRV as well and it will be both a metric that LVL will measure accurately and a key aspect of the mobile user experience.
As always, thanks for the helpful feedback @Rolf. We're taking all of this into consideration.
I have recently started using HRV a lot for my training and wondered if it will be possible to get this information from LVL either via the app or on the device it's self. It would be very useful to get real time HRV that could be correlated with hydration levels, mood, movement etc.