Indoor bicycle trainers may allow cyclists to keep fit and go through the physical motions of riding a bike, but let's be honest ... as compared to actually riding outdoors, they're stunningly boring. Among other things, one of the problems is the fact that riders tend to use them in isolation, with no real incentive to push themselves. Zwift, however, is designed to change that. It's a massive multiplayer online game (MMOG) platform that lets real-world cyclists ride with or race against one another in 3D computer-generated online environments. Just think of it as World of Warcraft
Basis has announced a new wearable that aims to provide accurate, convenient and comprehensive fitness tracking. The new device pays more attention to fashion than we’re used to from the category and promises smartwatch-like notifications.
By now, pretty much everyone has heard about the health risks involved with remaining seated and sedentary for long periods of time. Standing desks
are designed to address the problem, as are miniature cycling
trainers that can be used under a conventional desk while you remain seated. One of the problems with those machines, however, is that your knees may bang against the underside of your desk as you're using them – plus, they can be noisy. That's where the Compactix Glyder comes in.
If you're an avid skier who wants to stay in shape over the summer, then you might use a fitness device along the lines of a Nordic Track. One of the problems with those machines, however, is that you're just stuck in one place while using them – the exact opposite of the freedom that's a big part of skiing. That's why skier Wolfgang Haupt teamed up with Porsche Engineering to create the Freecross.
Garmin's sports monitoring efforts have typically resembled bulky wristwatches more than the inconspicuous, new age fitness trackers of the Fitbit
mold. It did flag its intentions to trim some fat earlier this year with the release of its vivofit
bracelet and the company's new vivosmart, which we came across at IFA last week, retains the form and function of the slender fitness bracelet, while packing real-time notifications and functionality of a smartwatch.
It's official. Apple is making a smart watch called simply "Apple Watch," but you're going to have to wait for the opportunity to pay at least $349 for one until early next year. If the Apple Watch works as well as the company claimed during its lengthy unveiling on Tuesday, it just may be worth the wait.
From the Jawbone Up24
to the Samsung Gear Fit
, there is a wide range of fitness trackers on store shelves. So if a new piece of technology wants to stand out, it has to offer something above and beyond what’s out there in the wild. Kickstarter project runScribe aims to do just that, providing runners with an unparalleled level of data by accurately tracking the movement of their feet during the gait cycle.
A new fitness device claims it will make heart rate monitoring easier than ever. The PulseOn is a wrist-worn device with an optical heart rate sensor and an accompanying mobile app to store and present data. Gizmag took it for a spin to see if its claim would stand up.
Headphones have become a fashion statement the world over, with people sporting increasingly sophisticated
models on their head. Now, a Florida-based company called FreeWavz has created a more minimalist and versatile earphone that does away with wires, and integrates activity-monitoring technology.
It seems that wearable devices are trying to pack more and more functions into smaller forms, and a new one called Sync Smartband is shooting for being more than just your typical fitness band. From exercise tracking to keeping tabs on children, the Sync Smartband is trying to carve out a niche as a wearable for active parents and children.