Posted By Simon Montford on Jan 8, 2015
The company already has successfully launched two products that are now on the market. Both measure Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), and are wireless and wearable breathalyzers. One is the "Original" ($49.99) and a more recent model is the "Breeze" ($99.99). Their latest product that was successfully funded recently on Indiegogo is a Breathometer called "Mint" that detects breath quality and hydration levels.
MOCAheart is a heart scanner that is small enough to carry around either on a key fob or attached to the back of a smartphone. It uses medical grade technology and materials so is accurate and robust. It measures heart rate (bpm) and blood oxygen levels, which can be monitored via the MOCAheart smartphone app. Over time data collected via the app can establish trends and patterns.
The team at Zikto have developed a fitness tracker called Arki that is able to monitor your walking pattern to prevent poor posture. It measures all aspects of gait such as swing speed, stride length, limb rotation, and angle, and combines it with other data, to improve walking habit. If it detects that the wearer is slouching or doing something that leads to poor posture such as walking while viewing a phone, the device will vibrate.
Embrace is a wearable fitness tracker, a great looking smart watch, and a sophisticated medical device that monitors sleep, heart rate, and stress levels. Although anyone can benefit from the device, it has been especially designed to help epilepsy suffers of which there are 3 million in America and 65 million world-wide.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 13, 2014
There's an overwhelming number of smartwatches and fitness bands available to purchase. Startups that fail to offer something unique and really useful will almost certainly fail. As far as consumers are concerned "Me too" products, no matter how good they look, just won't cut it. The Uno, not only looks good, but also offers some really useful time-saving features so it's hardly surprising that it's generated a significant amount of interest on Indiegogo.
Posted By Simon Montford on Dec 5 2014
Perhaps it's too early to be thinking about New Year's resolutions, as the festive season has only just begun, but if you want to get ahead of the game the Pavlok could be the ideal Christmas gift for you! That's because it's a wristband that uses a combination of vibration, sound, and electric shock, to keep the wearer on track - ideal for keeping New Year's resolutions! Unfortunately no matter how good you've been, Father Christmas won't be putting one under your tree this year, because it's not out till 2015. The shocking device can, however be pre-ordered online (use the discount code "IGGBABY").
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
There are well over a hundred fitness trackers on the market that monitor activity based on movement, and in some cases heartbeat. The problem is that keeping track of exercise, and its effect on the body, is a very complex process. As a gimmick, fitness trackers work just fine, but to be genuinely valuable, particularly to medical professionals, accuracy needs to be improved. Perhaps this is why over 50% of consumers in the States have ditched their trackers, myself included.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 20, 2014
The STAR by SenseGiz is not only a fitness tracker but it also enhances smartphone functionality - it does this via gesture control. This is particularly useful when your phone is not easily accessible. For example, you can increase or decrease the volume, or answer/reject calls while out running with a simple clap or swipe motion. It also offers notifications, sleep monitoring and workout reminders.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 10, 2014
We think little wearables for little people is about to become a big growth area. In addition to the bluebooth-enabled pacifier by Blue Maestro, new kid on the block MonBaby has successfully crowdfunded their infant sleep and movement tracker.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 27, 2014
The 'must-have' new feature for fitness trackers and most other wearables is that they have built-in capabilities such as GPS so you don't need to rely on your smartphone for connectivity. The Fitbit Surge will allow the wearer to track their progress and map their routes without the need to bring their smartphone with them. Expect the device to retail at around $250.
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Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 26, 2014
Half Russian doll and half ghostly egg timer. Let's face it this connected device looks a little weird, especially when its spooky eyes glow eerily at you. 'Mother' wants to take care of you by tracking you movements, coffee consumption and general well being.
Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 17, 2014
The Yoga SmartMat provides guidance to enable the user to strike all the right poses (voguing is optional). Yoga is all about balance and core strength so posture is paramount. According to the makers we all have a hard time balancing when we need to stay still and composed. This is why Yoga teachers constantly adjust students during Yoga sessions.
Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
In 2012, Basis was one of the first OEMs to launch a fitness tracking watch. Recently the company announced a new version called the Basis Peak. It's as smart as a smart watch gets and can track optical heart rate, perspiration, ambient temperature, and skin temperature. What is particularly cool, if not a little disconcerting, is that it knows what you're up to, whether you're sleeping, swimming, cycling or partaking in other forms of 'strenuous exercise'!
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 19, 2014
We love this project! As an avid runner for most of my adult life, I have been recently plagued by a condition called Plantar Fasciitis aka 'Runners Heel'. By attaching runScribe to different pairs of running shoes it is possible to understand how the mechanics of each pair varies. I was a big fan of minimal running and regularly used the balls of my feet to avoid heel strikes so was surprised when I developed the condition that affects only the heel of the foot and inflicts pain on thousands of runners each year.
Posted By Hermione Way on Sept 19, 2014
Posted By Simon Montford on Sept 17, 2014
I started a personal blog a while ago but decided to remove the "My Fitness" section discountinue uploading my Health and Workout data. This is because I became rather disillusioned by all the hype around ‘The Quantified Self‘. My journey began back in 2011 when I was one of the first of my friends to purchase a Nike FuelBand. Unfortunately it expired shortly after purchase. I was expecting a fight from Nike to get a free replacement but the customer service team immediately offered to send out a replacement.
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