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Fitbit Launching Force Wristband in Coming Weeks

Posted in Exercise Gadgets,Fitbit by Darrin Olson on October 10th, 2013

Fitbit WristbandFitbit, makers of the fitness tracking Flex wristband, announced Thursday that it will be releasing the Fitbit Force this fall. The Force is an updated version of the Flex with some additional features, most notably an OLED display right on the device.

The added display is a big advancement in the device. Not only will this allow the user to see their distance progress and calories burned as you might expect, but it can also see the names of incoming callers. The Fitbit Force will pair with your iPhone via Bluetooth and is the first of the wrist-worn devices to take advantage of the new Apple iOS 7 notification center. This way users on a run can track the calls that come in without having to pull out their phone and gives Fitbit a jump on the competition from Nike’s Fuelband and …

Arctic Gym, your Wii Fit alternative

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on August 1st, 2010

The ARCTIC GYM is for people without a Wii who still want to workout at home with interactive peripherals. The Arctic Gym includes an interactive exercise mat that allows you to keep fit, lose weight and burn calories. This video game system detects your movements and measures your performance and fitness progress.

The mat is basically thirty pressure sensitive pads with sensors detecting feet and body positions. When the system recognizes your movements, it is translated on-screen, so it can track and display real-time movements.

Wii Rowing Machine

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on May 18th, 2010

CTA, makers of all manner of strange Wii peripherals, is back. This time they are offering a plastic drawbar / foot pedal combo that is “very similar to a rowing machine you would find at the gym,”. Somehow we doubt that, but whatever.

It’s designed for games like Wii Sports Resort and will no doubt begin collecting dust immediately, like the rest of your exercise gear. You can pre-order it now at Amazon if you like.

Samsung MyFit tells you to drink water, not to smoke

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2010

Samsung’s MyFit is a player for those who enjoy working out and keeping fit. The device has 8GB of space, the usual video codec support, an FM radio and it’s equipped with an accelerometer and a tracking system that tells you how many calories you’ve burned.

You can also record your caloric consumption per meal though a fitness manager application. Need to know when to drink water? It will tell you. It also has a function that will yell at you when you’re smoking.

Wii Fit has “little effect” on family fitness

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on December 17th, 2009

Wii Fit has "little effect" on family fitnessAccording to a new study by Scott Owens out of the University of Mississippi, the Wii Fit has very little effect on family fitness levels. A Wii Fit was loaned to eight families and their usage and fitness impact were tracked over time (three months before they got the Wii, and three months after).

The final verdict seems to be that there are “No significant changes” in family fitness from the Wii. Over the period of three months Wii Fit usage went down by an amazing 82 percent, from 22 minutes a day for the first half of the time, all the way down to an average of four minutes a day in the last six weeks. The children did display some “significant” increases in the area of aerobic fitness. Basically it seems that people got bored, otherwise they may have done better.

Philips DirectLife Activity monitor

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on October 21st, 2009

Philips DirectLife Activity monitorPhilips DirectLife Activity monitor is exercising the geek way. As a geek, I don’t understand fancy concepts like calories or body mass index or push-ups. What I do understand is status bars. I know when something is fully loaded, half loaded or almost there. And that’s all I need.

I depend on status bars to tell me how close I am to a goal. Philips knows this. The Philips DirectLife Activity Monitor looks like a pedometer and has the status bar in green LEDs on the front. Using the software that comes with the device, you enter your fitness goals and then go about your day. Then just look at it to see how close you are.

Walky Dog: You ride, the dog walks

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on August 6th, 2009

Walky Dog: You ride, the dog walksDogs are man’s best friend, though they don’t act like it, forcing you to take them for walks and clean up their poop. Screw that. Why walk the dog when you can ride along side of him with Walky Dog? This Italian-designed dog walker allows you to just take it easy. Let the dog worry about how he’s going to keep up while you peddle away.

This stainless-steel dog leash attaches to your bicycle seat post to provide a safe, shock-absorbing connection.

Steelcase Sit-to-Walkstation With Built-In Treadmill

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on June 15th, 2009

Steelcase Sit-to-Walkstation With Built-In TreadmillWho says you have to leave the office to go to the Gym? Or leave the gym to go to the office. Well, with the Steelcase Sit-to-Walkstation, maybe you won’t have the entire gym at your disposal, but at least you’ll have a treadmill. That’s because the Steelcase Sit-to-Walkstation is a workstation and a treadmill in one. So the question becomes, what will give you a heart-attack first? Your impending deadline or all that running at your desk?

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle while being an office worker isn’t easy, but now you will have an edge. The Sit-to-Walkstation from Steelcase is a 2-in-1 workstation that allows users to walk, stand or sit while on the job. Instead of just sit.

Fujitsu F-09A with exercise monitor

Posted in Fujitsu by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2009

Fujitsu F-09A with exercise monitorIf you find that you can’t get in shape on your own and need the help of a gadget, the F-09A handset from Fujitsu will help by nagging you into shape. It features a large 3.4″ touchscreen panel which is capable of sliding and rotating to access different functions, while offering an integrated Exercise Monitor that lets you know how much physical activity you’ve engaged in.

Some other features include GPS navigation, an 8.1-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, 1Seg TV and the ability to keep you connected to the net wherever you are thanks to its high-speed FOMA, 3G and GSM compatibility.

Jog A Dog: Rid your pooch of that paunch

Posted in Pets by Conner Flynn on April 26th, 2009

Jog A Dog: Rid your pooch of that paunchYou know who you are. You people with your little dogs that have big stomachs dragging on the floor. Whether it’s from too many treats or a serious lack of exercise, the Jog A Dog doggie treadmill will shape your pooch up in no time.

It comes in 4 different versions, for toy dogs all the way up to your giant beasts. The treadmill will do between 1 and 10 mph, are very quiet and supposedly maintenance free. Well, you’ll have to clean up the puke. Your little guy is so out of shape, it probably thinks this is astronaut training. The treadmill also features an easy grip surface and the running surface can be removed and cleaned.

Personal Trainer: Walking for Nintendo DSi

Posted in Nintendo DSi by Conner Flynn on April 6th, 2009

Personal Trainer: Walking for Nintendo DSiThe Nintendo DSi just launched and already we can show you some hardware to buy for the new handheld. The folks over at Joystiq sat down with David Young, the assistant PR manager for Nintendo of America. Mr. Young said that DSi interaction with the Wii was “certainly a possibility,” but he didn’t say anything else on the matter.

He did let one thing out of the bag though. That the DSi will soon be interacting with some new peripherals in the form of a pair of pedometers that will ship with the Personal Trainer: Walking title. Apparently the devices connect wirelessly with the console. The game will be the first title where you can import a Mii character from the Wii. You can even attach one of the pedometers to your dog if you like, to gauge it’s exercise habits/needs.

Garmin 405CX and 310XT Forerunner watches with GPS

Posted in Watches by Conner Flynn on April 2nd, 2009

Garmin 405CX and 310XT Forerunner watches with GPSGarmin is offering up two new watches in the Forerunner lineup. They look a tad, uh, fugly. The waterproof 310XT and the 405CX, which is the successor to the 405. Fugly they may be, but they pack in a lot of functions.

The 310XT features a tough waterproof shell rated for a depth of up to 50 meters, and 20 hours of battery life. Both the 310XT and the 405CX include GPS, wireless, data syncing and will track your burned calories. These are great watches for Athletes looking for a personal trainer on their wrist.

Takara Tomy launches Minutes Gym digital video trainer

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Takara Tomy launches Minutes Gym digital video trainerTakara Tomy wanted them some of that sweet Wii Fit action, so they launched the Minutes Gym Digital Video Trainer which is a pretty simple looking device that plugs into your TV or display with a composite video input. Just give it some basic info and use the integrated body fat sensor to measure your current state of flabbiness.

After that a bunch of animated figures will guide you through your fitness workouts. An incredible 100,000,000. That’s right 100 million 3-minute workouts. You’d have to be Jabba the Hutt to get through all of them and still be rotund.

Speedfit Treadmobile: The next gen Flintstones car

Posted in Personal Transport by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2009

Speedfit is a human-powered mobile treadmill invented by Olympic medalist Alex Astilean. Much like Fred Flintstone’s old rod, it uses people power to get it moving. The only real difference is that Fred’s feet no longer have to meet the road.

The version in the video is a one or two person model, but Alex wants to create a public transportation version of the treadmobile that will allow a large crowd to power their own mass transit. Sure, it looks silly, but I’m guessing it’s a hell of a workout.

Magic Mirror: See your muscles while you work out, or lack of

Posted in Health by Conner Flynn on March 2nd, 2009

Magic Mirror: See your muscles while you work out, or lack ofResearchers at the University of Tokyo have created what they are calling a “magic mirror”. It shows you your muscular activity in real time so you can visually see how hard your muscles are working while you exercise. The system can currently monitor the activity of 30% of the body’s 300-some skeletal muscles.

Sadly the user has to wear all of those little balls etc, to get the readings. At the moment it’s a medical device, so it won’t be showing up at the gym anytime soon or on Wii-Fit. But one day soon you’ll be using your mirror as an actual health device. Not just a surface for your popped zit juice.