We open up the Nike+ FuelBand in this episode. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day as it pertains to your fitness and activity level, syncing to your iPhone over Bluetooth not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself. It does this using its 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how much Nike Fuel you've earned during the day, and another 100 white LEDs to give you information in calories burned, time of day, and pedometer info. The device costs $149, and the Nike+ FuelBand is available on Amazon.
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Nike isn't the first company to think of using a wristband or other device to monitor your fitness and better improve your life, having been beaten them to the punch by the FitBit and Jawbone UP. But still, what Nike brings to the table with its new FuelBand wristband is extraordinary. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself.
The band on its own has a very sleek design with a 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how many “Points” you have earned during your workout, and another 100 white LEDs to give you feedback, time of day, and the like. The idea behind this is that the next time you work out you try to equal or get a higher score than before, pushing yourself to work out more and therefore become more physically fit. The activity wristband market is small but growing, and from what we can tell the Nike+ FuelBand may be the best bang for your buck. You can pre-order one now for $149.
Although we’re sure there’s an audience for this item, we secretly think this is a case of technology actually taking the fun out of something. It’s the JumpSnap Wireless Jump Rope, an exercise device sans rope that can be customized according to your height, skill, duration and more. It even talks to you (offering feedback), comes with a DVD, and makes a jump rope sound! The JumpSnap comes in Blue and Pink, the latter of which proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The Individual Package ranges from $50-$60 USD.
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.
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Jumping rope is a great cardio exercise but it is not feasible during the winter in colder climates. The Ropeless Jump Rope is a great way to get your workout inside or in your tiny cubicle. Input your height and weight and turn on the talking mode, and the device will let you know of your progress by audible snaps. It will tell you by LCD how many calories you burned, the time you kept it up, and amount of repetitions. Each handle contains removable weight inserts if you want to up your routine. Guaranteed for life, it comes with a workout DVD for $59.95.
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