Raleigh company pushes limit in workout technology


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh company has been part of the fitness revolution for years and you’d never even know it.

Valencell designs the technology used in devices that measure body functions during exercise like heart rate, blood pressure and number of steps.

Its technology is used by industry giants like Sony, LG, Intel and countless others the company isn’t allow to share.

“So one of the things that we’re doing is we’re developing technologies so we can automate it in the cloud and you can do an exercise and the output will tell you how you’ve developed, how you are, where you’re going and ideally what you can do to improve in a particular area,” said Dr. Steven LeBeouf.

LeBeouf and partners formed Valencell in 2006.

They labored several years until the “Ah-ha” moment came to become the industry leader in developing the software the monitors biometrics in the body.

“We’re the only company that focuses on providing sensor technology to the market place, so we don’t manufacture products. We don’t build them,” LeBeouf said. “We develop core technology we validate them and research it with research institutions, then we license it out to the community. “

Valencell’s technology works by using light to accurately measure blood flow in the body.

The company’s software removes optical noise caused by body movement and sunlight in real time.

By removing the optical noise from blood flow signals, devices like earbuds, wristbands and headphones used during exercise can monitor heart rates, respiration rate, blood oxygen level, blood pressure, vo2 max and more.

LeBeouf said his ultimate goal is to make the world a more healthy place.

“So what we’re going to see over time is this bridge between fitness and health. Moving technology to really help public health,” he said. “Not only something that makes them fitter but something that helps them take control of their health.”

Valencell offers a $20 Amazon gift card to its volunteers in its Raleigh lab.

The company said it needs volunteers of all shapes and sizes, just not ones who are in shape.

Also, a wide range of skin colors are needed to help the company test the way different skin tones affect its light-sensitive technology.

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