fitness

SelfLoops brings ANT+ to all Android devices

SelfLoops brings ANT+ to all Android devices

If you're a fitness nut and/or enjoy knowing bits and pieces of information about the environment around you using smart sensors, SelfLoops may very well have made an accessory you're all about. This SelfLoops ANT+ accessory (as it's so humbly titled) brings about connectivity to fitness and health sensors that use the ANT+ protocol - every single one of them. Then while you're at it, this accessory charges your Android device up on-the-go.

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FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

FACTOR Vis Vires road bike outted with ANT+ integration

All of the cool tech that you can get for your bike can add a lot of new functionality to the way you exercise, including cadence sensors, and bike computers that tell you your speed and distances. However, all of this technology has never really been implemented into the bike seamlessly, but that's where a company called FACTOR is looking to change that.

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RunKeeper for iOS updates with social feed, leaderboards

RunKeeper for iOS updates with social feed, leaderboards

RunKeeper is the go-to app for many fitness junkies thanks to its rounded-out feature list and tons of different options, and the iOS version was updated today to include even more. RunKeeper users on iOS will now be able to enjoy a new social feed, as well as leaderboards that will keep you competing against your other fitness buddies.

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Runtastic accessories bring hardware in-house: GPS and Bluetooth on-deck

Runtastic accessories bring hardware in-house: GPS and Bluetooth on-deck

This week the folks at Runtastic have made it clear that their ability to track and bring together a community of runners and fitness fanatics is not limited to software. The company has today shown a Bluetooth heart rate monitor, a GPS watch, a "Runtastic Sports Armband" for holding your iPhone or similarly-sized Android phone, and a receiver and chest strap - for heart rate, altitude, distance ran, and more - each of these then fed wirelessly into your smartphone with a Runtastic app. While Runtastic has offered hardware like these accessory bits and pieces before in a more limited way, this week they've made their move to the USA.

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Jawbone UP Platform pushes fitness band with multi-app integration

Jawbone UP Platform pushes fitness band with multi-app integration

This week the folks who brought the Jawbone UP device have made it clear that they're not going to stop where they are today as far as software integration goes. A system called UP Platform has been introduced for the iOS universe, connecting an additional 10 applications to the UP wristband. This system also promises an open API for developers in the near future, setting users up for an If/Then set of abilities, wide open to the world.

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HAPIfork Kickstarter campaign officially launches

HAPIfork Kickstarter campaign officially launches

Way back during CES 2013 in January we took a look at an interesting piece of technology known as the HAPIfork. It's essentially an electronic fork that warns you when you're eating too fast, since that's a sign that you're consuming food at a faster rate than what you're digestion system can keep up with. The company behind the fork, HAPILABS, has officially launched the Kickstarter campaign, and you can pre-order a HAPIfork now.

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