Earlier today at Nintendo’s Fall Conference the company announced a release date and price for their new WiiFit balance board game in Japan’s market. The WiiFit game will go on sale December 1 for 8,800 Yen, or about $75 which might seem a little bit on the steep side but it does come bundled with the balance board. Similar games like Guitar Hero that come with the guitar accessory are usually priced similar or more. There was no announcement for a U.S. release of the WiiFit game yet but you can bet that it will be launched in the states before the holiday season, likely for a similar price.
Archive for Exercise Gadgets
Without much fanfare Nike has let loose the new Nike Amp+ Sport Remote Control. The Amp+ wears on your wrist like a watch and actually will tell the time, but that’s the least impressive of its features.
The watch works in conjunction with the Nike+ iPod Sport Kit and Nike+ iPod Ready shoes (if you want shoes with a special pocket in your shoe for the sensor) to give you audible feedback while your walking or running of your time, distance, calories and pace. This is very convenient and saves you from toggling through menus and viewing the data on a little LCD screen. The display shows the time and when connected to your iPod nano will show navigation controls for the player. You can even set up a particular “power song” and hit a button to play it during the tougher times when you need a little extra motivation.
While we’re pretty sure we’ve seen bicycle speakers before, including ones for the iPod, cy-fi is a new product designed to dock your iPod and the first we’ve seen to provide wireless speakers mounted on your bike to “ride louder” according to the company.
The idea comes from bike riders who wear headphones to listen to music and are unable to adequately hear traffic around them. The cy-fi system lets them bring their music along in a compact package without the ambient sound restrictions by most headphones.
There’s been days when I’ve come home from my job (not this job) where I’m on my feet all the time and wondered just how many miles I walk in an actual day. Wearing a pedometer would be a good way to find out but having some little gadget clipped to my belt causes everyone I run into at the office to ask what the little thing is that I have clipped to my belt.
The ThinQ pedometer from Sportline is about the size of a credit card (3mm thick) and easily fits into your pocket or even your wallet giving you discrete tracking of your steps, distance traveled and calories burned. It also houses a sports timer and comes in colors of blue, orange or green, retailing for about $35.
Those seeking to get the most out of a cardio workout can draw today upon a new digital tool which you strap to your wrist to monitor your heart rate. The Sportline Solo 960 Sport Watch is available now for around $100.
The Sportline Solo 960 Sport Watch combines a built-in heart sensor with a built-in pedometer which utilizes motion-sensing accelerometer technology. These two integrated tools give you data which lets you track personal fitness goals. The pedometer specifically can measure steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, speed, exercise time, and maintain daily and weekly records, while the heart sensor works without needing a strap and can acquire data in three beats or less.
Garmin unveiled today two new integrated personal training systems for recreational and advanced cyclists. The more interesting of these is the Edge 705, priced at around $550 and expected to be available in December.
The Garmin Edge 705 wlll let users monitor, in some cases wirelessly, GPS position, power, heart rate, speed, cadence, altitude and gradient on the same 2.2-inch color display. Street navigation is available, cyclists can share data wirelessly and data collected by the Edge 705 can be shared online with others through the Garmin Connect Web site.
Garmin unveiled today an advanced fitness watch which wirelessly synchs with other devices, including PCs, to collect and store fitness data. The Garmin Forerunner 50 is expected this October in several price ranges, with $200 being the highest as it includes several fitness monitoring accessories.
The Garmin Forerunner 50 interfaces with fitness monitoring accessories, including a heart rate monitor and foot pod that monitors speed and distance, to wirelessly collect data related to one’s workout. This data can then automatically be wirelessly synched with a nearby PC via a USB stick which connects to the computer. This stick is designed to communicate with the Forerunner 50 without wires when in close proximity.
And here we thought people had finally run out of “i” words associated with iPod accessories? Guess not since watch maker Timex today announced the $125 Timex Ironman iControl.
The iControl, which functions as an “advanced sports watch,” is designed to wirelessly operate your Apple iPod. How it does this exactly we aren’t clear on – assume there will probably be an attachment for your iPod. Anyhow, the watch will let you control functions such as play/pause, volume and track forward/backward.
Polar, who is best known for making heart rate monitoring and fitness development gadgets, has launched the Polar CS600 specifically for cyclists to monitor and improve performance. The CS600 monitors things like heart rate, speed, altitude and cadence (as a sold separate accessory) while riding and then uses that information to provide the most efficient rate to get you through a specific leg, such as a hill climb for example.
The device mounts on the handlebars of the bike and gathers information wirelessly and displays it on a large, customizable display. The CS600 has many features such as measuring energy consumption, cycling efficiency, recovery time and even power transfer to the bike.
The computer can use this information to perform things like an “OwnIndex” fitness test and an “OwnOptimizer” which helps the rider find the best balance between training and recovery. The Polar CS600 retails for …
If the shared gym equipment at your local fitness center just isn’t cutting it for you anymore perhaps it’s time to move up to owning your own set of pipes. The Ferrari Unica gym will fulfill all of your fitness requirements as well as car fetish needs with its bright red finish, comfortable leather padded seat and durable design.
The gym is an idea between the car manufacturer and fitness equipment manufacturer Technogym offering 25 different exercise routines to get your body into top shape. It even has a key card where you can record your physical data and program your favorite training exercise routine. Of course such luxury doesn’t go for the low cost of a monthly gym membership at the Y; expect to buck up $20,290 for your own slice of staying in shape and style. Now that’s some expensive sweat.
It’s not exactly a glove and I don’t know if I’d classify it as a watch either, but it is something new that will be shown off at the Wearables Technologies Congress in Munich, Germany this month. This exercise gadget is like a second skin according to Beurer, the makers of the device. It wears on your wrist and hand similar to a glove and monitors your pulse without the need for a chest belt like most heart rate monitors.
Instead of reading the electric pulses from your heart, this this pulse monitoring glove uses plethysmography to detect your hear rate. This makes a simple, one-piece device that athletes can use to monitor their heart rate during exercise. The only downside to this device compared to the more traditional monitors that pick up a wireless signal from the belt is that exercise …
You are a serious athlete. You want something which will make the other athletes around you jealous with gadget envy. You want the Nike Triax Vapor 300.
This uber-cool digital training watch has a pre-curved ergonomic design and band which make it easy to wear and use while you are training for your marathon. It’s got a one-touch backlight for a quick glance while jogging at night. Features on this timepiece are plentiful and include a 300-lap chronograph, five segment interval timer and two alarms.
The Hydrocoach water bottle is a new gadget designed to calculate the recommended hydration for an individual and measure their amount of consumption throughout the day.
Not only will the electronic water bottle measure your fluid intake, but based on your hydration goals the HydraCoach will monitor your progress providing additional motivation to meet hydration goals. The intelligent water bottle has a small integrated computer and visual interface which calculates the recommended daily hydration by individual parameters, monitors total fluid consumption and average amount consumed per hour, displays elapsed time and what percentage of you goals have been met.
“When it comes to overall health, achieving proper hydration is one of the most difficult goals to accomplish. It’s easy to set a daily hydration goal, but pacing oneself to achieve that goal is not so easy – nor is tracking one’s progress throughout the day,” …
Dogs need gadgets too, and there is no reason that all of the exercise you’re pet is doing with you shouldn’t be measured as well. I know that when I take my dog for a walk, he covers three times the distance that I do just by running around and sniffing stuff. It would be interesting to know just how much distance a dog goes in a day.
This Doggy Pedometer won’t measure the actual distance, but like a human pedometer it measures the number of steps and can record up to 100,000 of them. Measure your pets stride and with some simple math you can have the distance. The pedometer for your pet also has a timer on it and doubles as a dog tag where you can write some information on the back.
The Adeo Fitness Companion from MotionLingo is a pretty cool exercise gadget that fits inline with your headphone cord and tracks your outdoor workout.
The Adeo is really a GPS device that tracks your movements during outdoor workouts such as running, walking, biking, etc. As you move the Fitness Companion tracks your current position, the distance you have gone, your pace, and speed along with your workouts’ elapsed time, the elevation and estimated calories burned.
The Adeo can report this information to you audibly during your workout through your headphones. This can come in very handy for long distance or marathon runners for example, who would like to be able to keep track of their pace without having to look at their watch or do in calculations in their head while running.
Back at the ranch you can upload the data from the Adeo Fitness Companion …