Post-Christmas waistlines will appreciate the new glut of health-related gadgets aimed at getting us fit. The Jawbone Up gave many owners pain of a different sort after being plagued by technical difficulties shortly after launch. While the manufacturer has offering refunds to disgruntled owners, another manufacturer, BodyMedia, has launched a new armband for its FIT system.
The system measure measures motion, heat flux, skin temperature and galvanic skin response (sweat to you and us) to track calorie burn, physical activity, steps taken, sleep duration and sleep efficiency, all of which affect health and weight.
The Core armband is thirty per cent smaller than previous models and allows wearers to set goals and track their progress with its Activity Manager which also logs food intake alongside calorie expenditure. The tools provide a personalised weight-management system which can be monitored online or via an iPhone app and are designed to put the user in control of managing their health.
The company has also teamed up with fitness guru Jillian Michaels on its subscription-based service. BodyMedia CEO Christine Robins says it is expanding the use of technology from monitoring to mentoring, adding: "We have now coupled the ability to track calorie input and output with actionable information to promote weight loss and – for the first time – a way to automatically tailor that advice to each user’s actual behaviour."
The BodyMedia Fit is available in the UK under the name Ki Fit.