Smart gadgets for athletes and active people
Sports bracelets and fitness trackers lately has become one of the main trends and desired gadget, and the developers strongly positioning them as an indispensable attribute of modern sportsmen. The person who monitors his health, living active lifestyle and makes a huge contribution to self-improvement. I have collected for you the best gadgets, which will help you to achieve your goals and keep yourself in shape to set records.
Swimmerix – Fitness bracelet for swimmers
Unlike other similar bracelets Swimmerix has a narrow specialization. It other words, it is designed exclusively for swimmers – both novice and experienced champions. Swimmerix is not only a bracelet, but also the base station. The connection is established between these two elements, after that the bracelet starts to transmit to the base station all the necessary data – for example, the movement speed of the swimmer, his pulse and not only.
Swimmers can place the base station on the rim of the pool, though in practice it is more convenient to mount it directly on the wall in the pool. So swimmer can read the necessary details on the distance directly in the process of swimming in the water, without being distracted from his workout.
Swimmerix functionality is much larger than just a demonstration of the biometric information. For example, the device is ready to propose to the owner a great variety of training programs. Some of them are aimed to develop the endurance, others for weight loss and so on.
It is known that Cristiano Ronaldo during his game speeds up to 33.6 km/h with an average of 10.5 km runs per game and changes direction thousand times over 90 minutes of play time. And you?
No, I am not trying to say that you are worse than Portuguese player in all respects, just wanted to say that, most likely, you don’t even know your own performance details. To change the situation, I recommend you to get a set miCoach by Adidas, as well as shoes with support for this technology (eg, Predator LZ TRX FG).
By technology support I meant a pocket under the insole, which can carry miCoach Speed Cell sensor that will measure your achievements. The results can later be viewed on iPhone, Mac or PC, and also you can upload them to micoach.com, where you will be able to compare your performance with other players and get an individual training plan.
Nike+ SportWatch GPS
Watches for jogging, which can track your route with GPS or pedometer. Receiving the signal from a sensor located in sneakers, they will show the distance, heart rate and battery charge. SportWatch is also able to measure circles and intervals of runs, count calories and will pleasure with convenient control – for example, to stop the stopwatch it is enough to slap with a hand on the display.
Nike+ Kinect Training
Nike+ Kinect training is a program for Xbox 360. I know it is not quite a gadget, however it is a very serious and in-depth training complex, which is evaluating your results and taking into account the parameters of your body. It is able to develop a personal training program. In the beginning you will be asked to choose one of the two coaches of Nike, they are both really existing coaches of Nike, and everyone has his own personal approach to training. He will ask you what kind of goal you are pursuing – to become stronger, to lose weight or be in shape. After the first series of the virtual training, it will be clear for the trainer in which direction he needs to build your future workouts.
BodyMedia Fit Link
Fit Link is a monitor that is attached to the arm and can measure the movement of the owner, human body temperature, how athlete sweats, and many other factors to give the most accurate answer to one question – how many calories are burned at the moment. The software for smartphone and computer allows you to enter the details about the food you’ve eaten to see how much calories you’ve got. BodyMedia Fit Link can monitor his owner 24/7, even at night it will collect information about owner’s dreams. In the United States of America BodyMedia Fit Link is certified as a medical device.
The system of installed on each ski sensors detects changes in the movement and position of each of the ski 6500 times per second. If the system sees that a skier travels with technical flaws (eg, sensors detect slippage or demolition), beep sound will be reproduced in athlete headphones. The sounds of different pitch and frequency will tell you what is wrong, the signal will be reproduced in the right and left speaker, depending on which ski the problem was detected. As a result, it is possible to adjust the equipment on the fly without the help of a trainer. Also, vLink recordings from the sensors can be analyzed on the computer.