Sports clothing company acquires fitness app, 20M user community
Sportswear brand Under Armour has acquired fitness technology company MapMyFitness. The purchase, worth $150 million, sees Under Armour take control of the MapMyFitness iOS and Android apps and platform, which is currently collecting fitness-related data on over 20 million users and from more than 400 different fitness trackers, sensors, and wearables.
Jawbone Up24 adds Bluetooth LE synchronization
Jawbone has updated its existing Up fitness tracker with a new wireless version. The Up24 is a wrist-based tracker that does the same job as the original Up, except that data is transferred over Bluetooth LE, rather than forcing the user to remove an end cap and to plug it into a smartphone's headphone socket for syncing.
Built-in spectrometer will monitor bloodstream to count calories
A new fitness monitor is attempting to trump offerings from Fitbit and Nike by automatically monitoring the quality of consumed food. The Airo wearable health monitor uses a built-in spectrometer to monitor the bloodstream using different wavelengths of light, with the wristband able to work out the calorific intake and the quality of the meal itself from this information.
Finding the right tech gifts for your fit friends
It used to be that holiday shopping season started the day after Thanksgiving, and one encountered Yuletide music only for just under a month. Halcyon days, those, but days gone by. Now, one is best served getting the jump on Christmas shopping early, and Electronista, as always, has your back. In the first installment of our Holiday Gadget Gift Guide, we're taking a look at the best fitness-oriented tech presents to keep hidden in the crawl space, because everyone already knows to look under your summer clothes in the closet.
Fitness smartwatch designed as standalone device, tracks workouts
Adidas has introduced a new smartwatch that it says is designed for runners. The watch, announced just one day after Nike revealed its updated FuelBand SE, is a standalone device that includes an integrated GPS and heart rate sensor, which it combines with movement sensors to monitor the wearer's training session.
BluFit Smart Water Bottle tracks water intake with app
BluFit, the smart water bottle that can track its user's water consumption, is available for pre-order pledging on Indiegogo. The glass bottle encased in a silicone sleeve notifies users to drink more water, based on a calibration of personal data such as weight, age, activity level, and more. The bottle transmits data by way of its Bluetooth LE chip to the BlueFit app, such as when and how much water was consumed.
Display on Fitbit Force provides activity statistics, call notifications
Fitbit has launched its second wrist-based activity tracker, following on from the Fitbit Flex. The Fitbit Force, leaked last week in promotional materials, updates the Flex's design by adding an altimeter and a small OLED display that provides more detailed information than the five-dot LED light system used in the original.
Leaked promotional materials show improved display, altimeter
Promotional material for a future Fitbit device has surfaced, showing the company as creating another wrist-based fitness tracker. The Force, mimicking much of the style of the Fitbit Flex, appears not to stray too far from the path of its predecessor, but this time the tracking watch will have an altimeter and an updated display.
Sensor under rear clip can measure rate of pulse
Withings is attempting to enter the activity tracking market by releasing its own fitness tracker. The Withings Pulse, a rebranded version of a device shown at CES earlier this year, is a clip-on pedometer with similar features to the Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, and the Fitbit range of trackers, though it is able to measure a heart rate when the wearer touches the unit's back.
RunKeeper adds integrated social function and premium upgrade option
FitnessKeeper has released the latest update for its RunKeeper- GPS Track Running Walking Cycling app, available on iTunes. RunKeeper tracks workout statistics such as pace, distance and time while exercising. Users are able to control their music and listen to built-in audio cues through headphones, as well as capture and save photos. Version 3.5 includes a revamped social experience, offering new options for interacting with friends directly within the app. Users can now follow all of their friends' activities and progress, including activity stats, photos and maps. New options for comparing workouts to previous activities are also included.
Wireless Scales can tweet user weight
Withings today announced the US availability of its next generation of Internet-connected bathroom scale. The Wireless Scale WS-30 brings Bluetooth Smart technology and Wi-Fi capability to the bathroom, allowing users to wirelessly beam vital information without having to connect to a computer directly. The Wireless Scale also includes on-screen visuals that will help users correctly position themselves for accurate weighing.
Uses biofeedback to deliver customized coaching
Sports and fitness app makers Pear Sports are now offering a free app that interfaces with a $150 kit sold at Apple retail stores to help users achieve fitness or weight-loss goals using personalized coaching from top personal coaches based on the biofeedback the kit sends the app. The product includes a Bluetooth heart monitor, a pair of Pear earbuds for listening to music and the coaching, and the app for iPhone or iPod Touch. The app provides real-time feedback and encouragement using data gained from the heart rate monitor.
Jawbone Up fitness tracker due November 6
The Jawbone Up, first unveiled in July, is now set to ship on November 6. The device is an innovative fitness and lifestyle tracker that incorporates numerous tracking functions. The Up is made to work in conjunction with the Up app (App Store; free), so users can track their progress.
Fit app works in conjunction with ANT+ adapter
Garmin has introduced a new ANT+ adapter for iPhones, along with a companion app for iOS- and Android-based devices. The fitness app, known as Garmin Fit on both platforms, enables users to track a variety of workout details including speed, pace, distance travelled, time, and estimates for calories burned.
Fitbit Ultra set to make getting healthy fun
Fitbit has introduced its Fitbit Ultra fitness tracker. The device works as a high-tech pedometer as well as sleep monitor. One of the key features of the new Ultra model is its pressure altimeter, which enables the device to track when a user climbs stairs or walks up hills.
Users can track pulse, distance, speed, more
Scosche Industries has debuted a new fitness combination for iPhone and iPod Touch users, a hardware band to wear during workouts combined with a companion app called the Scosche myTrek to help users monitor their pulse, target training zone and calories burned, as well as runners' speed, pace and distance. Past workouts can be stored, and the band uses Bluetooth to wirelessly transmit the data collected to the app up to 33 feet away.
SMHEART LINK demo
iTMP Technology has introduced SMHEART LINK, a new technology that is aimed at bringing new health and fitness capabilities to iPhone and iPod touch users. SMHEART LINK is described as a wireless bridge that enables an iPhone or iPod touch to double as a heart monitor and cycling computer. It can collect data generated by fitness sensors such as heart rate chest straps and cycling sensors on bikes and then send it to an iPhone for display and tracking.
iNewLeaf iPhone app
Angeion has announced iNewLeaf, an app for the iPhone and iPod touch that allows users to monitor fitness routines. The program is based on results from personal metabolic evaluations that can be administered at select health clubs. The 10-15 minute test is designed to calculate the body's response to exercise by measuring oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in each breath. Analyzed results are then used to create optimized workout plans that include heart rate, cycling speed, power and cadence. Users can view the actual calories and fat calories burned after each session.
Toolsfactory software has announced the release of a new GPS enabled activity tracking software for the Mac, rubiTrack. The software allows users to display and organize their runs, bike rides, walks, or other outdoor activities so that they may be analyzed. Version 1.0 reads tracks for GPS enabled fitness devices like the Garmin Forerunner, then stores the tracks as both GPX and TCX files. The activities are then accessible though different activity groups which are automatically categorized by activity type, location, route, date, distance and workout duration.
Train your brain on a Mac
After receiving "thousands of calls and e-mails from Mac users," Posit Science Corp. says its bringing its Brain FItness Classic program to the Mac. Developed by a team of more than 50 neuroscientists, Posit claims on average, users memory improves to that of a person 10 years younger. The software is also designed to promote "faster thinking" and "sharper focus."
Apple fitness system?
Apple may be expanding its reach to include a new fitness system integration for its iPhone and the iPod touch, patent filings indicate. Although Apple already has a similar system, developed in tandem with shoemaker Nike, the Nike+iPod kit currently only works with Nanos, restricting both iPod owners and the marketing options of the corporations. The new system would likely have four components: iTunes-style software, physiological sensors, a rewards tracker and a means of coordinating group activities.