Category Archives: Workout Tech

Adidas to shutdown miCoach

Adidas has announced that they will be pulling down the shutters on the miCoach platform. Development of their Train & Run app and miCoach website have ceased.

The service will continue operating until 31 December 2018 with members being treated to free premium membership to Runtastic. That’s not surprising since Adidas acquired Runtastic. It makes sense to consolidate the services and gives Adidas access to a broader user community.

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TomTom Touch Cardio – stripping features to hit a price point

Fitness trackers are pretty passè these days. Walk into most electronics retailers, department stores or sports shops and you’ll likely find dozens of options. TomTom has long been a player in the tracker market but they are starting to move down to less expensive market segments with their new TomTom Touch Cardio.

While the original TomTom Touch could shake around AU$219 out of your wallet, the Cardio will sell for closer to AU$150 (that’s $£90 or US$110).

The Touch Cardio keeps the heart rate tracker, step and sleep tracking, but loses the body fat and muscle mass analysis sensors in order to save a few bucks.

There’s no word on Aussie availability yet.

Lumos smart-helmet

The Lumos is a cycling helmet that adds lights to increase visibility. It also includes turn indicators and, using an accelerometer, can detect when you hit the brakes, letting motorists know when you’re stopping.

Initially developed as a Kickstarter campaign, the Lumos earned over five times its funding goal of $125,000.

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Boltt goes all in on AI-fitness bet

We looked at Boltt during 2016 when they were just kicking off. At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Indian start up put all their cards on the table, announcing their “triple threat fitness system”.

Arnav Kishore, CEO and Founder, Boltt Sports Technologies said “Our triple-threat fitness systems have been demonstrated at CES for the first time. Our vision is to change the regular fitness regimes and upgrade it with a combination of new-age thinking and technology. Boltt will be a one-stop solution place for the user’s health and fitness needs”.

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New Balance gets into the smartwatch business with RunIQ

New Balance has jumped into the running watch business with their all new RunIQ. The Android Wear equipped watch works with iOS and Android devices to deliver realtime information on heartrate, pacing and distance. It works with Strava – you get three months of Strava Premium if you order the RunIQ before the 1st of February – and there’s also a partnership with headphone maker Jabra so you can listen to your tunes while running.

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Fitbit – it’s time to drop the grudge against Apple

For the last few years Fitbit has been the dominant player in the growing and lucrative health and fitness wearable market. They have built such a strong brand that fitness wearables are all called “fitbits” in the same way searching on the web is now called “googling” (even if you don’t use Google) or photocopying was called xeroxing.

 

But that market dominance is coming to an end. One of the largest companies in the world, Apple, is pushing its way into the health and fitness market with the Apple Watch. And while Fitbit integrates south many other exercise and well-being services, they are hanging on like barnacles to a grudge with Apple and won’t make their platform available to Apple Watch owners.

Why is this? To answer that we need to look back a few years.

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Polar looks to apparel as they increase product range

Polar has long been known for their heart rate monitors and watches. They are now broadening their horizons with the all new Polar Team Pro Shirt.

This is a base layer, designed to be worn under your normal exercise clothing. The sleeveless shirt has two integrated sensors that directly contact your skin, negating the need to wear a chest strap. There’s also a small pouch at the back, under the collar, that jholds a paid that can collect stats such as motion, speed, distance and acceleration.

This seams to be a more elegant solution than the OMsignal shirt I looked at some time ago.

While wrist-based heartrate meters have been around for some time, it’s widely acknowledged that they aren’t as accurate as chest straps.

There’s no word on pricing yet with availability slated for March 2017.

Apple Watch Series 2 – cleaning the Digital Crown

The Apple Watch Series 2 is a serious workout companion. Waterproof, with GPS and support for lots of fitness apps, it works on the road, in the pool, at the gym and almost anywhere else. Plus, you can switch to a different watchface  and band for those times you need to look a little less like Sporty Spice and more like Posh Spice.

There are two buttons on the side of the Apple Watch. The rectangular button brings up the Dock as well as allowing you to make SOS calls and access Apple Pay. The Digital Crown is the dial that can be pressed to bring up all your installed app icons, or spun to scroll up and down screens or zoom into images.

The trouble is, if you rarely take the Apple Watch off and train with unit, some grime can build up under the Digital Crown. As a result, it’s harder to spin and press.

So, what can you do?

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