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Linux, football and nitrogen: perfect mix for sports tech company

May 16, 2009, 06:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"We speak to co-founder Rob Shugg about his company, the technology, his passion for open source, and also about starting up a tech-business.

"First up, can you explain what your simulated training environments actually are, and how they work?

"The facilities create hypoxic altitude simulation. Basically, we lower the oxygen content, which lowers the partial pressure of oxygen in the atmosphere, creating a similar effect on the body as natural altitude would. [The idea is that, through training in altitude-like environments, athletes will significantly increase their overall fitness and performance.

"How do you create this effect?

"We change the mixture rather than the pressure -- which is how hyperbaric systems work. We don't use that method [hyperbaric] because it is very expensive, dangerous and hard to do."

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