3 stories about healthy tech making biking, running and eating better

In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a fridge gadget that shames you on social networks when you cheat on your diet, a GPS watch geared towards women and the iBike Powerhour for serious and novice cyclists looking to measure their rides.


1. The Bia GPA Smartwatch for Women

Cheryl Kellond and Sylvia Marino decided to not only invent a better GPS watch, but they wanted to market one for women.

They put their Bia GPS smartwatch on Kickstarter and just hit over their goal of $400,000 on July 13. It's smaller than most GPS watches and has a neoprene band so it won't hurt when warn for long periods of time. Like other GPS watches, it of course has a touchscreen and monitors all relevant fitness statistics like heart rate and calories burned.

The duo will still make a watch designed for men, but it'll have a longer band "to fit over bigger hands and wrists" according to ABCNews.

If you weren't a Kickstarter backer who only paid $115, you'll need to spend $249 when the watch comes out by April 2013 — which is quite a while away.

But for women (and men) who think their current GPS watch is a bit too uncomfortable — and after all, aren't watches supposed to be comfortable? — it might be worth the wait.

Via ABC News


2. Velocomp Launches iBike Powerhouse For Cyclists Looking to Measure Their Rides

Velocomp announced this week it's shipping iBike Powerhouse, which is billed as "the world's first intelligent cycling fitness system that automatically adjusts to your exercise goals."

The device consists of a water and shock-resistant case for either your iPhone or iPod touch, as well as an app that works with the case and all built in-sensors, which include a wireless speed/cadence sensor. It mounts to the handle bar of your bike, and if you're crazy enough, it will even let you listen to music or take phone calls while cycling.

The app allows you to set a goal-based plan that will guide you step-by-step. For instance, you can choose plans from "Express Fitness" to "Brazilian Butt" to "Zero to 20 miles." (Since your writer here still can't ride a bike, perhaps I would choose that final plan.)

During each ride, based on the plan you selected, you'll be directed to pedal at specific levels of effort customized to the goals and your measured fitness level.

Priced at $279, you can pick up the iBike Powerhouse at www.ibikepowerhouse.com. Additional fitness plans are also available via in-app purchase at $9.99 each.

Via iBikesports

3. Fridge Magnet Outs You on Social Media if You Go For a Late Night Snack

Fridge magnets are a burgeoning technology industry unto themselves, apparently. First, there was the one you used to order a pizza. Now there's the Virtual Fridge Lock, created by the diet program Meta Real in Brazil. The lock attaches to your fridge and posts on your social networks when you eat an "unauthorized" snack, though it's coming after you based on when you eat, not what.

Created by ad firm JWT of Sao Paulo, the app won't actually be able to tell if you're going for a slice of pizza or a glass of water, but it will warn your friends if you're making trips at odd hours.

Check out the promotional video above.


About Healthy Tech

This is the Healthy Tech Weekly, where guest columnist Alan Danzis reports on choice healthy technology news stories. Each week you'll discover new fitness gadgets, apps and going-ons, as well as what's around the corner, with medical innovations that will one day change the way you monitor and impact your overall health and well-being.

By day, Alan Danzis works at Atomic Public Relations. His opinions here are his own and do not reflect the opinions of Atomic, nor the clients Atomic works with.

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