The Fitbit Flex has officially gone on sale for $ 100 online and in U.S. retail stores. We sawÂ the “OG fitness-tracking dongle” at CES earlier this year, where it was clear that Fitbit was trying to steal the mojo from competitors likeÂ Nike’s Fuelband and the Jawbone Up. Now the Flex is out in the wild, and users can be the judge.
Bluetooth 4.0 is used to connect the silicon wristband to [Read More...]
Monday was a good moving day.
Moves is that rare thing on the modern App Store â€” a free app that has an enormous amount to offer. It’s magical in its simplicity, an app that asks no more than you switch it on and forget about it.
All you have to do is carry on with life. Moves tracks your movements, intelligently works out whether you’ve been [Read More...]
The Larklife fitness gadget doesn’t just lifelessly track all the mundane details of your life, like calories burned, miles trudged and hours snoozed away. No, this little thing actually learns your habits and tells you, in realtime, exactly what you should do to make yourself healthier.
the bracelet core wears a sweatproof wrap during the day; at night, you can slip it into a soft “pajama-inspired” band to track your sleep activity. [Read More...]
You know how it is with iOS-enabled fitness trackers: they’re like busses. You wait around for ages, and then three (or more) all turn up at once.
And the sweetest, cleanest-looking of those busses looks to be the Lark, a clever, wrist-mounted sensor which tracks your whole day, from daily exercise to nightly sleep.
The Lark’s coolest feature is its modular design. The sensor can be popped in and out of two wristbands, each of which [Read More...]
BodyMedia’s Link puts the ‘F’ in ‘Fugly.’
Bodymedia’s Fit fitness tracker is a hideously ugly, and is supported by one of the most willfully customer-hostile web services I have ever seen. Yet despite this, it actually does its job very well.
There are two trackers, the $ 120 Core and the $ 150 Link. I tested the Link, which connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth, and to your Mac (or PC) [Read More...]
By huge coincidence, I downloaded the brand new Withings app moments after its launch, almost by accident. The new app, which is iPhone-only (or pixel-doubled on the iPad) until a future update arrives), does a much nicer job than the old one of tying together the data from Withings’ various health devices, and remains completely free.
Unlike the previous Withings app, the new one (call simply “Withings”) wants to be a hub for your health tracking. You can hook it [Read More...]
It’s August, and you’re either on vacation, or leaving soon. The problem? You just tried to fit into last year’s swimsuit and – worse – you did it in front of the mirror. While it might be a little too late to lose that belly before you hit the beach this summer, take steps now and you’ll be a slimline hottie in time for Christmas and New Year, ready to undo all [Read More...]
Till January of this year, the Wahoo Key for iPhone ($ 80) dongle pwned fitness on the iPhone. Why? Because the tiny, ubiquitous dongle gives the iPhone access to dozens of ANT+ sensors, and more fitness apps than any other system — turning your iPhone into a fitness-tracking powerhouse. Then in January, Wahoo one-upped itself and introduced the Wahoo Blue Bluetooth heart-rate strap, which completely bypasses ANT+ and instead communicates via low-energy Bluetooth [Read More...]
Before you spend too much time picturing Tim Cook all sweaty in a bedazzled tank looking like Silicon Valley’s answer to Richard Simmons, let’s offer some clarity to this most peculiar headline and underlying story. According to the latest insight from Apple’s patent escapades, Apple may be tinkering with iOS to enable future versions to deliver robust fitness technology capable of facilitating that which Nintendo’s Wii did for avid video gamers: it made them more active. [Read More...]
Fitness buffs love Runkeeper (and its accompanying iPhone app) for its ability to gather data from a wide variety of cloud-based services and gadgets they might use, so it can be stored and viewed in a central location; we haven’t exactly counted, but it’s a good bet that the all-knowing fitness service can import data from more fitness apps, services and gadgets than any other cloud-based fitness service on the planet. But [Read More...]