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Users can monitor performance statistics such as distance traveled, heart rate and pace

While wearable fitness tracking devices have been with us for some time, the new technologies driving the rise of the smartwatch are changing the shape of things in this space. Magellan's latest offering – the Echo Smart Running Watch – is an example of this shift with it's ability to stream performance statistics from your smartphone fitness application to your wrist in real-time.  Read More

Balance King's Active Chair makes you work to keep your butt level

Although there are differing opinions regarding the health benefits of using a fit ball as a seat, a lot of people swear by it. That said, they don't always do it, because using a big inflated rubber ball as an office chair just makes them feel a little too silly. That's why Hungarian company Balance King has created its normal-looking Active Chair.  Read More

The Loop gaming platform is comprised of the Loop Clip, motion bar, headphones and an open...

As technology has gained a reputation for drawing children indoors and keeping them there captivated by the latest Angry Birds update or building their Minecraft kingdom, we have seen a conscious effort from within the industry to counter the perception of technology as a facilitator of unhealthy childhood habits. Loop, from Pushstart Creative, is the latest effort in this growing trend, relying on movement tracking technology as a vehicle to promote physical activity.  Read More

A high-tech running shoe being developed by Fraunhofer has the ability to evaluate a jogge...

Given its accessibility to anyone with two feet, jogging is one of the most popular forms of fitness activity around the world, with around 10 million people in Germany alone donning their running shoes and hitting the pavement on a regular basis, according to the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems (IPMS). However, this popularity also translates into a large number of jogging-related injuries. In an effort to reduce the number of injuries, a research team from IPMS is developing a high-tech running shoe with the ability to evaluate a jogger's running form and technique in real-time.  Read More

The SpikeBoard uses a combination of switch kicking and 'spiking'

What happens when you combine Nordic skiing, stand-up paddle and switch-kick longboarding? You end up with a new method of transportation called SpikeBoarding, which requires a SkateBoard "Spike" and a specialized longboard.  Read More

iRiver's On audio headset

A lot of people like to monitor personal stats such as their heart rate while exercising, plus they also like listening to music at the same time. Usually, doing both involves wearing at least a couple of devices at once. iRiver's new On audio headset, however, plays back music and gathers biometric data ... in both cases, through the user's ear.  Read More

Adidas just announced the miCoach Smart Run, a touchscreen smartwatch with a heart monitor...

It looks like the early smartwatches have been split into two camps. On one hand, we have watches like the Galaxy Gear and Pebble that aim, with varying degrees of success, to put basic smartphone features on your wrist. Then we have wearable fitness trackers that are gradually sprouting screens and becoming more like those straightforward smartwatches. Today Adidas added to that list with one of the smartest fitness watches to date, the miCoach Smart Run.  Read More

The new Fitbit Force takes the form factor and features of the Fitbit Flex, and adds a scr...

As big tech companies prepare to woo you with current and upcoming smartwatches, they'll be doing battle with fitness tracking devices that some customers already have on their wrists. Along with the Jawbone Up and Nike Fuelband, one of the most popular series of wrist trackers comes from Fitbit. The San Francisco-based company just unveiled its latest tracker, and, surprise surprise, it took some baby steps in the direction of the smartwatch.  Read More

Using a built-in processor and motorized legs, the Stir Kinetic Desk can quietly adjust it...

By now, the negative effects of sitting at a desk for hours each day have been thoroughly documented, and nearly every office has its prominent figures who swear that standing keeps them alert and attentive while they're working. It seems as if most people would benefit from a taller desk, but many are reluctant to make such a drastic switch. That's why Stir, Inc. is offering a high-tech middleground with its upcoming Kinetic Desk. Using a built-in processor and motorized legs, the Stir Kinetic Desk can quietly adjust its own height throughout the day to help people stay focused and even burn a few extra calories in the process.  Read More

Gear teeth of a juvenile Issus coleaptratus (Photo: University of Cambridge)

Among the mechanical components not found in nature is the spur gear. That is, until now. Zoologists of the University of Cambridge have discovered that the juvenile form of the leaf-hopper Issus coleoptratus has a set of gear-like linkages between the two jumping legs to synchronize the legs during a jump.  Read More

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