Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Exercise

The DIMOVE WAVEpro

Bored of run-of-the-mill home exercise options like the stationary bike and treadmill? Austrian manufacturer DIMOVE recently introduced a full-body workout contraption called the WAVEpro. This challenging piece of equipment will hone your balance, endurance, muscle tone ... and will to survive.  Read More

Purdue industrial engineering doctoral candidate Bum chul Kwon demonstrates the ReadingMat...

Attachable stands or (less affordable) devices like the WeBike make it possible to exercise both body and mind while pedaling on the spot, but those pounding away on a treadmill are pretty much limited to listening to music or zoning out in front of a TV screen to keep their minds occupied. That could change with a new system developed by researchers at Purdue University. Called ReadingMate, the system uses head-tracking technology to keep onscreen text bobbing along in unison with the runner’s eyes.  Read More

The Xbase is a versatile exercise tool

Looking like a redesigned George Foreman grill with bright-orange tentacles, the Italian-built Xbase training pod is a versatile, portable exercise solution designed to bring fitness to the office, home or hotel room.  Read More

Get your arms more involved in the walk

Work, family, friends ... avoiding exercise to take a nap – all these things combine to leave little time for toning the temple. Fitness gurus have responded by designing equipment that works more muscles and burns more calories in less time. The case in point – Pro-X Walker.  Read More

Recent studies indicate that the Microsoft SenseCam may have value as an activity- and die...

We’ve recently been seeing a lot of wearable fitness devices aimed at monitoring our activity levels and diet – devices such as the Jawbone UP and eButton, for example. According to some new studies, however, Microsoft’s “life-logging” SenseCam might be better-suited to the job.  Read More

The BowBlade is a gadget designed to add realism to first-person archery shooter games on ...

If you like to play first-person shooter games on your smartphone, you already have the option of making the gameplay more realistic by mounting your phone on the gun-like AppBlaster. However, what if you prefer shooting virtual arrows over virtual bullets? You’d need some sort of bow-like smartphone-holding gadget for that, wouldn’t you? Well, that’s just what the BowBlade is.  Read More

Burn 300-800 calories a day with leisurely pedaling on the Active Desk

Many of us sit at a desk for extended periods each day – and that has doctors worried. Researchers are beginning to understand the associated health risks triggered by sitting for long durations, and suggest that people need to stand up, walk, and generally be more active throughout their day. One way to get more exercise might be to try out the Active Desk, which combines a recumbent exercise bike with a work desk, allowing you to leisurely pedal off the pounds throughout the day.  Read More

Fraunhofer's telerehabilitation system in use

Generally speaking, people tend to dislike doing the exercises that are part of physiotherapy. Not helping matters is the fact that in many cases, patients must travel to a clinic to perform those exercises under the supervision of a trained professional. Now, researchers from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS are developing a “telerehabilitation” system that allows patients to perform exercises at home or when out and about, while still receiving feedback from a physiotherapist.  Read More

US researchers have quantified how much longer people live when they are physically active...

The benefits of regular exercise are well known, but what exactly are you getting in return for your efforts? A research a collaboration between the U.S.-based Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute has attempted to answer this question by quantifying how much longer people live depending on the levels of exercise they engage in.  Read More

The X1 Robotic Exoskeleton (Image: NASA)

What do astronauts on a mission to Mars and earthbound paraplegics have in common? Quite a bit, including the news that NASA is developing a robotic exoskeleton for both of them. Called the X1 Robotic Exoskeleton, it’s derived in part from NASA’s Robonaut 2 humanoid robot now undergoing trials aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The X1 uses robotic technology for a dual-use exoskeleton that has applications for both astronauts on long space missions and the walking impaired on Earth.  Read More

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