If you’re a fan of the hit NBC reality series, “The Biggest Loser,” you’ve no doubt noticed that contestants wear a device called a bodybugg on the back of their right arm. The bodybugg is a biometric calorie management system available through 24 Hour Fitness, which uses four sensors to convert measurements of galvanic skin response, physical activity, and body temperature into a real-time measurement of calories burned throughout the day. Users wear the compact armband, which easily fits under clothing, over the triceps on their upper left arm - allowing you to take it everywhere you go.
According to the release, “No matter what activity a user is doing – washing dishes, playing with the kids or working out – the bodybugg calculates the amount of energy expended in each motion. Users then download their captured bodybugg data to a Web interface that tracks caloric measurements and helps them monitor their food intake and activity levels as they seek to achieve their fitness goals. The Web interface includes customized menus and a database of thousands of common foods to make calorie-tracking simple.”
Upgraded features of the new bodybugg system include:
- New sleek, contemporary look and 50% smaller size
- USB cable to upload data and charge the device
- Now both PC and Mac compatible
- A free six-month (previously only three-month) online subscription to the www.bodybugg.com Web interface for tracking progress and success.
The basic principle behind weight loss is simple: you just need to burn more calories than you take in; combining the bodybugg with it’s online services and adjusting your own personal choices based on its recommendations, weight loss may just become a little easier. Watch for a review in the near-future.
Read More | MarketWatch
Nintendo is keeping the hits coming with their announcement that the long-awaited Wii Fit will be launching here in North America on May 19. The game, which comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board, will be sold for $89.99 - about 1/3 the price of the Wii console itself. So yeah, a tad on the expensive side for a game, but it comes with a fairly unique peripheral, so what are ya gonna do? If you are one of the first 1,000 to pre-order the game at the Nintendo World Store in midtown Manhattan between April 18-20, you even get a free Wii Fit T-shirt. Here’s to fanboys playing balancing games in the hopes of getting in better shape!
Yamaha wants to help you improve your workout with the Bodibeat. Drag and drop your own tunes in your library or listen to pre-loaded mixes which they claim numbers in the thousands. The Bodibeat will select a tune that is equal to your pace whether you walk, run, or something in between. Choose from three modes, free workout, fitness, and training. Settings include tempo guide, song transition, and bass boost. It also doubles as a basic MP3 player with heart rate monitor. Expect the Bodibeat’s debut in the 3rd Quarter. Contact Yamaha for more details and price.
Read More | Yamaha
It’s been a while since we’ve heard about everyone’s favorite balance board, but with the Japanese release date just over a month away we knew that the info had to start trickling in. Above we have the (presumably final) box art for the board, which should retail around $75 when it hits the state. Click the jump to see more pictures of the software in action, including a new preview of a skiing simulation using the board! There’s also a link to a new movie of several minigames. So what’re you waiting for!
Read More | NintendoWiiFanboy.com
We admit that most of our daily workout involves 20 reps with soup cans and an exercycle that is in a broken no-gear state. So the Power Plate My5 does it all for us. It can adjust to training conditions with a timing display. At a size of 68 x 90 x 150 cm, it comes in silver and black. If the idea of doing real exercise isn’t frightening enough, perhaps the price of €5,350.00 (~$7,617.00) will get that heart to racing.
Read More | WorldShop