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SmartMat Enhances Your Yoga Experience At CES



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Yoga is a great way to refresh and relax your body and mind, but are you getting the most out of your yoga workouts? Get ready to experience a whole new world of yoga with SmartMat.

Jamie and Nick spoke to Mazi Sadri of SmartMat about how his product is helping people everywhere enjoy the benefits of yoga. SmartMat is an electronic yoga mat equipped with 21,000 pressure sensors to help yogis of all levels to improve their technique and learn the ins and outs of different forms of yoga.

SmartMat measures your body shape, balance, stance, and more and uses this information to match you to the best yoga poses for your body type. Once calibrated, SmartMat pairs wirelessly with your smartphone or tablet to track your performance and correct any errors you may be making via the accompanying app.

SmartMat is available for pre-sale now on their website for $297 and is expected to ship around July 2015. Once it hits the market, the price will increase to $347.

Interview by Jamie Davis of Health Tech Weekly and Nick DiMeo of F5 Live.

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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.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine. and by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.

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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 Davis 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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