Fitness

Endomondo's fitness tracking app ties into HealthKit and adds interactive notifications

Endomondo has just released an update for its app that brings with it integration with Apple's new Health app along with iOS 8 compatibility. The app now allows you to share tracking data to the Health app for calories and cycling, walking, and running distances.

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Apple Watch sports built-in health monitoring system

The brand new Apple Watch announced at the iPhone 6 event today will include a heart rate monitor on the rear of the watch's face. Using both visible and infrared light through sapphire lenses to figure out your heart rate, and thanks to connectivity with your iPhone, you can get GPS tracking packed in there too. The Apple Watch will happily give you rewards for meeting fitness goals, and keep estimate your daily calorie burn.

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Endomondo Life app offers all-day fitness tracking

Endomondo, which has long been doing fitness tracking through GPS and accelerometer readings, has released a new app exclusively for the iPhone 5s which aims to emulate a lot of what wearable fitness trackers do. The iPhone 5s has an M7 coprocessor which can quietly hum along all day with minimal battery impact while it's tracking movement, Endomondo life uses that in order to estimate how many calories are burned throughout the day.

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Superhero Workout turns exercise into a game

Superhero Workout is a new game for iPhone and iPad that uses motion recognition from the device's camera to track your exercise and frame it as a game. In it, you're a heroic power armor pilot and you have to quickly switch between exercises in order to power up the Aegis Battlesuit systems, avoid incoming projectiles, and unleash attacks of your own.

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Jawbone UP app adds meal suggestions

Though the Jawbone UP app is mostly used for direct fitness tracking, it tracks meals too, and the latest update improves on this feature by offering a second food suggestion based on the first item you enter. It does this by crowdsourcing data from other Jawbone UP users and determining common combinations.

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Apple reveals to FDA it has a moral obligation to enter the wearables market

Apple's conversation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration shows how medicine, technology, and regulation could work together to help users and doctors monitor patient health in a world of connected sensors. As healthcare becomes more connected with apps and wearable devices gain ground, Apple Toolbox's Freedom of Information Act inquiry yielded some interesting talking points on what Apple and the FDA have been talking about when the two sides met on December 13th.

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Fund This: Tao WellShell connected exercise device

The Tao WellShell is a simple Bluetooth-connected gadget that hit Kickstarter recently which detects how hard it’s being compressed. Based on exercise regimens displayed on your iPhone and iPad through their app, you can get in simple, effective reps just about anywhere. A lot of these exercises involve squeezing the WellShell between your hands, but there are many where you can squeeze it between your knees as well.

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Fund This: Dash wireless fitness-tracking headphones

A ridiculously impressive project hit Kickstarter last week called Dash. Not only are these earbuds truly wireless, but they also track your fitness with a tiny infrared LED, including motion, heart rate, and body temperature. One headphone talks to the other over Bluetooth, then the second talks to your iPhone over Bluetooth, though the headphones can play audio independently thanks to 4 GB of included storage. A capacitive touch sensor on the outside of each earbud lets you control audio, take calls, and adjust tracking.

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Bluetooth-enabled 94Fifty basketball helps you bring your A-game at #CESlive

94Fifty was at CES 2014 demonstrating their recently-launched Bluetooth-enabled basketball, and it’s pretty impressive even if you’re not into sports. This baby charges wirelessly, communicates detailed information to your mobile device, such as spin and shot angle, and connects to the wider world through social challenges. Serious basketball players can run through a wide variety of drills, which include handling, shooting, and everything in between.

Not only is the sensor accuracy on the basketball itself is really solid, but the app is highly polished, providing real-time feedback as you’re training. There’s even audio feedback that sounds like a real coach that barks at you to make corrections mid-drill.

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Head-on with Spree fitness headband at #CESlive

Spree was showing off their fitness headband at CES 2014, which offers the full range of mobile monitoring that you’d come to usually expect from wristbands. Within the headband is a removeable module which you charge over USB and connects to your smartphone over Bluetooth Smart. Once paired, it picks up motion and heat data to make sure you’re meeting your fitness goals while not working yourself too hard.

The headband is designed so that the module is insulated and taking a proper reading of your temperature, rather than the outside environment. Through the app, you can set a wide range of fitness regimens, including running, working out at the gym, and cycling.

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