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Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Tomatan robot rides on your shoulders, feeds you tomatoes

Only in Japan will you see a robot designed to feed you tomatoes while you are running. Because you can never have enough tomatoes during a marathon. And you can never have enough hands to eat those tomatoes with. Named Tomatan, this robot will sit on the shoulders of one of the employees of Japanese tomato company Kagome, who commissioned the development of the robot, during the upcoming Tokyo Marathon. Good thing the marathon is more about surviving than winning, as the employee probably won't win any races with the contraption on his head.

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Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

Study: Wearables worse than phones for measuring steps

The assumption that you need to strap something onto your wrist in order to accurately gauge your fitness level might not be accurate. Your favorite wearable might not be, either — or at least any more accurate at detecting steps taken than your phone. A new study claims apps are just as good at monitoring your activity level than some of the top wearables on the market. The University of Pennsylvania tested apps and wearables in a controlled environment, and the results are pretty interesting.

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Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour buys Endomondo, MyFitnessPal

Under Armour, most notable as a clothing and footwear manufacturer for sports and fitness buffs, has acquired two software companies. MyFitnessPal and Endomondo are now Under Armour properties, giving the sportswear manufacturer complimentary services to their existing MapMyFitness and UA Record suite of apps. According to Under Armour, this now gives them a user base of over 120 million, and the “largest digital health and fitness community”.

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Enko running shoes absorbs shocks, boosts strides

Enko running shoes absorbs shocks, boosts strides

Technology these days has us focusing on our health and fitness, but most of them through monitoring devices like smartwatches and fitness bands. But sometimes, the most efficient and effective improvement doesn't have to be the most sophisticated or complicated. Like these pair of Enko running shoes. You won't find any digital or smart component in here. What you will discover, instead, are shock absorbers that not only protect your feet from injury-causing impact, but also stores and then releases energy in order to give your feet a push to power up your running.

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Sophia skipping rope integrates smart tech into the handles

Sophia skipping rope integrates smart tech into the handles

Quite a few products you use in everyday life have smart counterparts, and now the long-standing skipping rope (also called a jump rope) is counted among them. Sophia is a new smart skipping rope designed for fitness enthusiasts who want easily accessible data on their workouts, something facilitated by the smart technology integrated into the jump rope’s handles. Some information is shown on a small integrated display, while the rest of it – things like calories burned – are shuttled to a paired smartphone.

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RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

RunKeeper tasks Spotify to pump you up for your run

Perhaps there is no greater cliche when it comes to mixing music and exercise than having Eye of the Tiger blaring out while you do your training. While you've always been able to do that in a myriad of ways and combinations, RunKeeper is now giving you the lazy way (which is ironic, since you're supposed to be not-lazy for this scenario). The latest update to its iOS app now integrates with Spotify, allowing you to queue your workout music, without having to switch apps back and forth.

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Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Sit-stand desks have gone from curiosity to legitimate ergonomic boon, and smart desk startup Stir is back with a new, cleverer and more affordable take on the standing desk. After surprising us with a touchscreen-controlled, high-end desk back in late 2013, the new Stir Kinetic Desk M1 takes the lessons of that $4k behemoth and translates them into something faster and more flexible. I caught up with the Stir team to find out why swifter touch, US-made hardware, and the power of both wearables and the cloud make the new model special - and, most importantly, whether people actually care about changing position once the novelty has worn off.

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Bellabeat Leaf tracks women’s activities, reproductive health

Bellabeat Leaf tracks women’s activities, reproductive health

We've seen a lot of smartwatches and activity trackers, especially in the recent CES 2015, but Bellabeat was able to grab a very niche market that is proving to be quite popular and profitable for the small company: women and especially new and expectant mothers. Last year, Bellabeat unveiled three smart products that specifically catered to that market, one of which will soon get a nifty upgrade. The Bellabeat Leaf will soon not only be able to tell women about their sleep cycle, they will also be able to tell them about their reproductive cycle as well.

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Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft's relatively new Band wearable (check out our review) has received its first big content update, and with it comes a particular focus on Guided Workouts, which is said to be one of the more popular offerings consumers get with the device. Likewise the Health app has been updated as part of this, and Microsoft promises this is the first of what will soon be a series of updates -- more details on those future updates will be forthcoming soon enough.

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Magellan unleashes the power of GPS at CES 2015

Magellan unleashes the power of GPS at CES 2015

Once simply a hi-tech luxury, GPS navigation is becoming more and more common, not only for professional drivers and truckers, but also for your day-to-day drivers. They now even come inside wearable devices for athletes and active people. Magellan, one of the most notable names in the GPS industry, is showing off a new batch of its devices at CES 2015, ranging from 7 inch tablets to 5 inch navigators to sports watches, each addressing a different class of users and fulfilling their navigation and tracking needs.

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