Fitness Technologies announces world’s first plug-in AM module for free access to AM radio

UWater K9We’ve grown accustomed to exercising with music — dating way back to a walkman, and continuing though the era of the MP3 player and now the smartphone. But strapping the increasingly large screens to our side or arm is becoming more difficult. Today’s five inch screens simply aren’t conducive to this.

This year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which kicks off next week, Fitness Technologies will be showing off its new waterproof module that brings MP3s along with AM and FM radio to the active person.

“Until now, the only choices for AM on-the-go were bulky, old fashioned AM/FM transistors or limited Internet radio access via smartphones using data plan minutes and requiring expensive protective cases, too big for many lifestyle activities. “We saw a need to combine AM broadcasting with our existing waterproof line of FM and MP3 micro players”, stated Opher Pail, President of Fitness Technologies, Inc.  “We have many customers over 55, a group comprising the lion share of AM talk radio and news audiences, and we are very pleased to enhance their audio experience with our easy to use, affordable, new plug-in AM module”, the company announces today.

You can check it out on the company’s web site and, if you’re planning to attend the show, then you can stop by booth 6826 and check it out.

Bodymedia tracks your health

bodymedia logoIf you want to keep track of exercise and health then you may want to check out Bodymedia. The company makes wearable body monitors that will help a person track almost anything.

At the Consumer Electronics Show Bodymedia showed off new products, including an arm band with multiple sensors that can track activity, skin temperature and heat flow. The device can upload the data to a web site or to an Android or iOS device. In addition to the arm band, the device also comes in bracelet form for the fashion-conscious. Battery life is estimated at ten days.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net and Don Baine, the Gadget Professor

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Fitbug

Fitbug Orb Fitbug is a wearable fitness device that is tied to an online community and service. The device measures the number of steps you take and how well you sleep. You can connect it to an app on the iPhone or iPad or the website. Which will help you keep track of your information. When you get the Fitbug and you set up an account it will ask you what your goals are. After a week of using the Fitbug doing what you would normally, based on your goals the Fitbug service will set up an exercise and nutrition plan  for you to follow. At the end of each week you are provided with a report on how well you did and it will set up goals for the next week. The service is free for the first year after that it is $3.99 a month

Fitbug introduced the Fitbug Orb at CES 2013 This is a small device slightly bigger then a quarter which tracks and shows  the number of steps you have taken. It can be worn on a watch band, a belt or a key fob. They also have a small pouch you can put it in and attach it to your undergarments. Fitbug also sells a bluetooth scale, the Fitbug Wow and the Fitbug Love a blood pressure cuff. More information  about the devices and service is available at the Fitbug website.

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Get in shape with Bodymedia Fit Armband Tracker

Technology has been moving into the exercise space lately with lots of new mobile apps and even some hardware that you can easily carry with you when you are out for your daily run or at the gym.

The Bodymedia Fit is capable of tracking pretty much every single thing you do. It tracks calories burned, steps taken, exercise and even your sleep. All of this data is tacked by sensors in the device and then transferred to a computer or mobile app. The device will also integrate with third-party services like RunKeeper.

The armband, along with a smaller version is available right now both online and at a number of retail stores. The MSRP is $149, but the value to your health can not be put in monetary terms. If you want to grab it now, however, there is a promotional price of $119. No word on how long that will last.

Interview by Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Health Tech Weekly

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MapMyWalk Review

Working at my desk all day on a computer I wasn’t getting enough exercise and it showed. So I decided to start walking, however being a geek I couldn’t just walk I had to measure everything. I do wear a Fitbit which I really like, however it has it limitation, no maps and the sharing has never worked correctly for me. This is where MapMyWalk comes in. MapMyWalk is available for both iOS and Android and on the web. Start the MapMyWalk app when you begin your walk and when you are finished hit the stop button. At this point it will give you the option to save the walk, resume or delete the walk. If you choose to save the walk you can then share it to Facebook or Twitter.

What makes MapMyWalk stand apart from something like Fitbit though are the maps. When you use MapMyWalk while walking it tracks where you are going and then produces a map. You can share that map publicly or with just your friends or not at all. If you travel a lot and are looking for a place to walk in a strange city. You can go into MapMyWalk, put in your location and see all public maps in the area. You can see the distance and elevation of each walk and any notes that might have been added. You can also keep track of the food you eat and write a daily journal on MapMyWalk. You get all this with the free version, if you decide to go pro you can skip the ads, print maps, get training plans and get up to 20 percent off on all store purchases. The number of maps you can print and training plans you get is determined by the level you pay for.

I like MapMyWalk and use when every I walk outside. MapMyWalk does require a GPS connection. The one problem that I do run into every once in a while is the GPS doesn’t connect correctly. When that happens the map can be really off. MapMyWalk is free and available for both iOS and Android and if you carry your phone when you walk I recommend downloading it

Motorola MotoACTV GPS Fitness Tracker and MP3 Player

motoactvThese days when we think of Motorola we think of some of the hottest Android phones on the market, but the hardware maker does more that just smartphones.  Last month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas they unveiled the MotoACTV, a new Fitness Tracker and MP3 player.

The MotoACTV can be worn on your wrist like a watch or hooked to your bike handlebars like a cycling computer.  It will keep track of  just about everything an athlete could ask for – how far you have gone, how many calories you have burned, the number of steps taken, and can even hook up, via Bluetooth, to a heart-rate monitor.  All of the data is then uploaded to a web site where you can keep track of everything for days or months at a time.  If all of that isn’t enough, it also has a built-in MP3 player and will even track how you do during different songs.  In addition, it as built-in WiFi, so your data can be automatically uploaded when you arrive home.

The Motorola MotoACTV comes in 8 GB and 16 GB versions, which retail for $249 and $299 respectively.  The device is available now and you can learn more by visiting Motorola.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine.

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A Smarter Way to Exercise by Diesel Dog LLC

Free Weights One of the biggest mistake that people make when exercising with weights is they do it wrong. This is especially true with free weights, whether you are talking about 5 lbs or 50 lbs, lifting dumb bells correctly is the key to building muscles and preventing injuries. That is the concept behind the prototype Diesel Dog LLC is working on. They are developing a system which connects dumb bells to an application on a Smart Phone, either iOs or Android via Bluetooth. The application then keeps a record of the wave lengths of an exercise as you do it. The idea is a trainer would perform the exercise first correctly and there would be a record of their wave lengths. Then as the client preformed the exercise they could tell if they were doing it right or wrong based on whether their wave lengths matched the trainers. Diesel Dog LLC is also looking at other visual cues to use other then wave lengths, such as trying to match circles. Eric Zorij of Diesel Dog stated they are trying to add the ability to connect to social networks such as Twitter or Facebook into the finished project.

The Bluetooth barbell concept was a finalist in the Bluetooth Innovation World Cup of 2011. They just started developing the prototype little over five weeks ago and are continuing to improve it, they hope to have it in the iOS and Android Market as soon as they can.

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Careverge Takes A Social Approach To Health

Careverge logoThe fast pace of modern Western life doesn’t lend itself to a healthy lifestyle and many of us struggle to keep on top of the weight and exercise regularly, including myself. Careverge can help as a one-stop health and well-being site that brings together fitness, health and support in one place. Careverge’s Henry de Phillips talks to Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show about what the site can offer.

Careverge’s approach is to create a social networking environment to encourage good health behaviours rather than to simply sell a product or a plan. The site brings networking, gaming and recommendations together so that within only a few moments of starting to use the site, the individual is given personalised suggestions on reading and possible activities. The focus of Careverge is to encourage people to health through fun while providing quality health information and support to reach their goals.

Careverge is free to use for consumers.

Interview by Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Nursing Show.

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A Review of RunKeeper

http://d2b4ufapzmnxpw.cloudfront.net/build/2346/static/kronos/images/logo-hp.pngI decided that I needed to exercise so I started walking this week. Being a geek though I couldn’t just start walking I had to have an app that could track my miles, route and progress. However I also didn’t want to carry another gadget along with my iPhone, so I started looking for an app and I found several, but for now I have decided to use a free app called RunKeeper Pro for the iPhone. It is very easy to set up, you tell it the activity you are going to be doing whether it is running, walking, cross-country skiing, elliptical training to name a few. You then input the route you are going to take, you can choose a public route that someone else has enter or use a previous route you have taken. If you want you can add your route to the public data base. You can then add an iTunes playlist if you want. This morning I used Pocketcast and had a podcast playing in the background and that worked fine also. Finally you can decide if you want to be coached or not. If you do decide to use a coach, you have three options, target pace, intervals or fitness class. Finally when you are ready to go hit start activity. In my case I was walking, about every 5 minutes it would let me know how far I had gone and the pace I was walking at. When you are finish, it will let you know the time, distance, pace and how many calories you burned.

All this information is then uploaded to the RunKeeper Web site. If you want you can share the information publicly or with just the people you are connected to on the site through Facebook or Twitter or you can keep it private. You can share all or part of the information with whom ever you want. For $4.99 a month or $19.99 a year you can become an elite member. With elite membership you can enjoy real-time tracking and the ability to broadcast your activities live. You also get a 50% discount on the fitness classes. Fitness classes are programs that are devised by fitness experts. These programs can get you ready for a 5k, a marathon or to lose weight. If you are an elite member you also get advance fitness reports and alerts.

The one negative about RunKeeper is that all it’s fitness classes are targeted toward runners. So although you can use it for other activities at its core it is true to it’s name RunKeeper. Despite this, I like using RunKeeper, it is great for keeping track of my progress. If you exercise how do you keep track of your progress, do you have a favorite iPhone, or Android App.