It seems like this is the year that many manufacturers are trying to get into the fitness tracking wristband market, which has been largely dominated by the Nike+ FuelBand since it came out. Now LG has outed a gadget which seems like a mashup of many different devices, all put onto your wrist.
It had been about a year since my last sneaker purchase. The Adidas AdiZero Feather didn’t fare well in the Taiwanese pollution, so I basically stopped wearing them. Also, they had developed a tear, which made them unsuitable for daily wear. I had gotten back some very old Converse One Star, that I had gotten out of storage last summer, which I had initially bought in Québec about 10 years ago. Since I had been very careful with them, they were still in good shape, albeit for a slight yellowing of the sole.
It looks like the Nike+ FuelBand is working well for consumers, and people who like to track their physical activities are rejoicing everywhere because nothing sucks more than buying tech that just doesn’t work (like the Jawbone UP). There is a new version of the Nike+ FuelBand coming out, and it’s called ICE.
Nike+ is receiving a major update this year, which includes pressure sensors and an accelerometer. The sensors will be mounted inside dedicated basketball and training shoes. Of course, you’ll be able to track your progress directly on your iPhone.
The Nike Sole was designed to fit on Össur’s Flex-Run prosthetic running blade, which is used by competitive amputee athletes. That being said, I wonder if future robots will be using this technology to outrun their human prey?
I was pretty happy that I held off purchasing a Jawbone UP wristband because users have reported massive failures. Since then, Jawbone has had to offer full refunds to anyone who made a claim. The Nike FuelBand reminds me of the UP, but unlike the UP it might actually work. Plus, it looks much cooler.
Well, I was pretty excited earlier when I read all about the new Nike Air MAGs, the Marty McFly sneakers from Back to the Future II, but now that Nike has revealed the full details about the Air MAGs, I’m sad to report that they won’t feature functional power-laces.
How much would you pay for a pair of Nike Air Mags, aka the Marty McFly shoes in Back to the Future II? I don’t know, but since Nike also patented power laces (laces that will tighten themselves), I’m expecting something big in the coming weeks on the sneaker front.
When you’re trying to get back into shape, there’s nothing more motivating than seeing some basic stats of your various workouts. Most of these devices aren’t that expensive and you get a lot for what you pay. Also, there are quite a few solutions that are compatible with smart phones.