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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

The Babolat Play Pure Drive sensor-packed racket and mobile device app

For fitness enthusiasts wanting to keep track of performance, or sports professionals looking for real-time information to help improve their game, the selection of monitoring devices is pretty good ... if you happen to be a runner or a cyclist. There's even one for kayakers. If you're a tennis player, however, your options are pretty much non-existent. Veteran French racket specialist Babolat is looking to address this shortfall with the release of its Play Pure Drive. The sensor packed racket collects data on a player's game, which is then transmitted to a smartphone or tablet running a proprietary app for analysis.  Read More

What's wrong with this picture? Well, the cyclist is actually moving ahead by pedaling in ...

Although cycling is a great form of exercise, it does involve simply doing one thing over and over – rotating the legs forward. Bicycles like the Varibike have attempted to turn it into more of an overall workout, by getting the rider’s arms in on the action. biXe Italia, however, is taking another approach. Its namesake device reportedly allows riders to work different muscle groups, by pedaling forwards or backwards in order to move the bike forward.  Read More

MeMover is a new Danish design for personal mobility

A Danish design company is working on a new personal transportation device that combines the high-intensity workout offered by a step machine with the zip of a bicycle. It's called the Me-Mover, and it should be available next year.  Read More

The Varibike in action

Earlier this year, we heard about a proposed arm- and leg-powered bicycle known as the 4StrikeBike. At the time, we knew that if it were to reach production, it would be facing some competition from the existing Raxibo Hand-Tret-Velo. Now, it turns out that another arm-and-legger has also recently hit the market – it’s time to meet the Varibike.  Read More

Modern tech can help keep pets safe and healthy

Human beings aren’t the only ones donning ever-more powerful wearable electronic devices. Our four-legged friends have an increasing array of smart collars from which to choose. Two cases in point are the Whistle, an exercise tracker for your pooch, and Tagg, a GPS tracker designed to ensure your beloved pet doesn’t end up in the lost dogs’ home.  Read More

Kayak Power Meter

Paddling a kayak is tough work. If you're wondering just how tough, a new paddle from New Zealand-based One Giant Leap can tell you. Its integrated power meter monitors how much power is going into each stroke.  Read More

The Peleton bike in use

If people can just exercise at home on stationary bikes, why does anyone even bother going to spin classes? Well, for two main reasons: they get guided through the workout by a fitness expert, and (perhaps more importantly) they receive motivation by being part of a group that’s sharing the same experience at the same time. Now, a New York-based team is developing a product that combines the best of both worlds. The Peleton Bike lets users ride in their own homes, while taking part in a spin class that’s being streamed live to a built-in Android tablet.  Read More

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