University of Wisconsin–Madison

UW startup’s invention featured at Paris fashion-tech show

A startup company with deep roots on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus will be featured at a French trade show Feb. 11-15 with its wearable system designed to help runners avoid injury.

The invention by Torq Labs tracks leg movement using five sensors, with help from a smartphone app.

Torq Labs won a booth at the Avantex Paris fashion-tech show after earning first prize at the previous show in September. Avantex focuses on high-tech fabrics, especially those that integrate digital technologies.

Torq Labs K-tech sensors, placed above and below each knee and at the sacrum, wirelessly send data on movement and location to the runner’s smartphone, which searches for telltales associated with lower body injury. The information is designed to help improve the user’s coordination and balance, says co-founder Julian Holtzman.

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