Microsoft Band Fitness Tracker for $199

Posted in Fitness Gadgets by Darrin Olson on October 30th, 2014

Microsoft Band Fitness TrackerMicrosoft announced on Wednesday the planned release of its own wearable fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band. The device is available for purchase on Thursday from Microsoft for $199, and will work with Android, iOS and of course Windows Phone 8.1.

Among the features targeting fitness, the Microsoft Band tracks your exercise reps, calories burned, heart rate around the clock and your sleep. It also has a UV monitor built in with real-time UX information to make educated decisions on sun protection when you go out.

The wearable tech from Microsoft helps with more than just fitness, though and throws its hat into the ring against other popular wearable devices for Android and Apple. The Band will display a small snippet of your incoming emails, syncs with a calender to provide reminders and will let the user voice interact with Cortana …

Adidas Joins the Wearable Activity Tracker Movement with miCoach

Posted in Adidas by Tam Yue on July 11th, 2014

Adidas miCoachJust when you thought there wouldn’t be another one, Adidas proves you wrong. miCoach is Adidas’ version of a wearable activity tracker. Much like any of the others on the market today it tracks health data such as heart rate, steps walked, and calories burned. The miCoach also has LED lights that change color with the intensity of the workout and is made of a comfortable material that makes it easy to wear for long periods of time.

You can use Adidas miCoach app to set weekly goals and training plans. This new device, Adidas claims, aims to keep the user motivated and to keep up with fitness goals.

Since there are so many other models out there and this one is not cheap, $199, we wonder how this one will do when it is released next month.

Via Ubergizmo

 

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 …

Nike+ SportWatch GPS will get you in shape

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on January 6th, 2011

The new Nike+ SportWatch GPS powered by TomTom is like a fitness coach. One that will track what you do, track how you do it, and then makes you do it again you filthy maggot. Double time! Okay, maybe it isn’t that motivating, but it will help.

The Nike+ SportWatch GPS combines the accuracy of GPS with the shoe-based Nike+ sensor (attached to your iPod Nano) to track time, pace, distance, calories burned, and heart rate, as you do your daily run. It will actually talk to you through your iPod Nano. The Nike Senor translates your workout data from the Sport Kit to your iPod Nano, which can then be connected to NikePlus.com.

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 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.

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.

Riiflex Wiimote weights available for pre-order

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on April 8th, 2009

Riiflex Weights for Wii FitToday we bring you something new in a Wii peripheral to throw at/into your TV. Both the two and four pound Riiflex Wiimote weights have become a reality and you my scrawny friends are just months away from getting all buff in the arms.

One is for your Wiimote, one is for your nunchuck. A pair of the two pounders will set you back $34.95. The heavier ones will cost you $5 more per set. They won’t make you Lou Ferigno, but they will help with your flabby girlly arms.

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.

Garmin FR Fitness Watch Tracks Your Workout

Posted in Garmin by Shane McGlaun on January 30th, 2009

Garmin FR Watch
Watches today do more than watches could do in the past. I have seen watches that have cell phones built-in and watches that connect to the Internet. Garmin is a brand closely associated with GPS devices, but the company has a wider range of products and has introduced a new watch.

It would be easy to assume that the new watch offers GPS capability, but it doesn’t. The watch monitors data from your workouts and saves it for wireless transmission to your computer for analysis. The watch is compatible with any ANT+ fitness device like heart rate monitors, foot pods, or home and gym equipment.

Wii Check-up Channel will let you get a second opinion from Dr. Mario

Posted in Wii by Conner Flynn on January 27th, 2009

Wii Check-up Channel will let you get a second opinion from Dr. MarioSince everyone is using the Wii these days, I guess it was inevitable that we could get house calls from Dr. Mario. Nintendo Japan has announced a new Wii “Check-Up” channel that is scheduled for an April launch. The system was developed with the help of Hitachi, NEC, and Panasonic, with a health insurance company providing 2-way communication between users and health professionals who will give you “healthy guidance”.

Let’s face it, you could use some of that after playing video games all day. Apparently it will work in conjunction with Wii Fit and the Balance Board. You can also use NEC’s mobile phone health platform.

Riiflex Weights for Wii Fit

Posted in Wii Accessories by Conner Flynn on January 21st, 2009

Riiflex Weights for Wii FitYou knew it had to happen. They actually intend to make us do serious exercise with this Wii-Fit thing. A patent-pending peripheral called “riiflex” will turn your Wiimotes into dumbells thanks to some 2lb and 5lb cases. The design is pretty interesting. These even feature a trigger port for access to all the Wiimote’s buttons.

They are available for preorder deposit. While the price is still undecided, they estimate that these weights will cost you around $30 per unit. I’m sure they are already planning a way to include the nunchuk. One question. Do serious weight-lifting meatheads even use the Wii?

GoWear fit is like a pedometer on steroids

Posted in Fitness Gadgets by Shane McGlaun on November 24th, 2008

GoWear fitThe new year will be here before you know it bringing with it the usual New Year’s resolutions from people. One of the most common resolutions is to lose weight. There are lots of gadgets available that can help people lose weight and reach fitness goals.

One of the newest gadgets is called the GoWear fit. The device is sort of like a super pedometer. It goes on the upper arm and includes an armband. It monitors all sorts of things for the wearer like steps taken, calories burned, amount of physical activity, sleep duration and efficiency.

VR Treadmill lets you run outdoors…while indoors

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on July 28th, 2008

VR Treadmill
For those who believe that they can only get an effective workout outdoors, here’s something that will trick you into getting in shape without hitting the front door. What we have here is basically a fancy treadmill with a curved VR display on top.

It’s a great distraction from your workout, but imagine the video game possibilities. You could actually run around while fragging people. Better yet, jog around the halls of the Starship enterprise or on Mars. Doctor Who fans could pretend that they are being chased by Daleks. Oh yes. It has the potential to get everyone exercising. Especially nerds. At last nerds will be fit and rule the world.

Toshiba Sportio helps you work out

Posted in Exercise Gadgets by Conner Flynn on June 4th, 2008

Toshiba Sportio helps you work out
In case you haven’t noticed, there is a real fitness craze happening thanks in part to Wii Fit. Toshiba wants to do their part as well. The Toshiba Sportio is a new addition for Japanese carrier KDDi. Ironically, the phone is a fatty, but helps you stay fit with motion sensors counting the calories burned during a workout.

It also takes advantage of GPS to lay out your jogging route. It will stream music to compatible Bluetooth headphones with the ‘BEAT RUN’ function, which adjusts the tempo to you as you feel the burn. The Sportio sports a 2.2 inch TFT 240 x 320 screen, 2 Megapixel camera, GPS and 1 Seg Tuner. You’ll have your choice of five colors: orange, white, black, red and green.