In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, we look at a pedal-powered headlight and phone charger for your bicycle, a smart tank top that shocks you when you fall out of form during an exercise and a smartphone app that provides you with random workout ideas.
1. Here's A Pedal-Powered Headlight and Phone Charger For Your Bike
While I myself, as someone who still can't ride a bike, have no use for bicycle tech, it still intrigues me.
Last week, EcoXGear launched the EcoXPower, a pedal-powered headlight and smartphone charger for bicycles. It attaches to most standard and oversized hubs and then mounts onto the handlebar.
The device has both an LED front headlight and red rear taillight, and mounts to the bike's front wheel hub. It draws its power from your pedaling via a USB adapter cable that runs up the front fork and into a handlebar mounted smartphone case that's also water resistant.
Oh, and as you pedal, the "clutch engages between the tire's spokes, fueling a generator that powers the lighting system, the integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery and the power jack for your smartphone." In other words, you get a little juice back for your phone, too.
If you're daring — or perhaps reckless — you can use your smartphone while biking because the mounted case is touch-screen friendly. Healthy Tech only officially endorses this when stationary.
The EcoXPower is available now for $99.99.
2. The "Move" Tank Top Shocks You When You Mess Up in Pilates
When you're working out, you might not know right away if you're doing the exercise right unless you have someone there to tell you.
Well, an extra person or the right technology: a design presented last month at the Wearable Technologies conference in San Francisco called Move is a tank top that can send you a mild electric shock when you've made a mistake in Pilates. After you've done the exercise correctly, you'll know, because you'll get three buzzes to tell you you're on the right track again.
The Move can also send workout information to your smartphone via Bluetooth, where an app can analyze your overall performance.
Says Move's designer, Jennifer Darmour, "It's not meant to replace an instructor, but it can certainly help you understand the technique even when the instructor isn't around."
Darmour plans to incorporate the sensor technology into other workout gear. According to ABC News, she hopes to have clothes "that zap golfers, baseball pitchers and yoga lovers whenever they make a wrong move."
Just hopefully not during the World Series or the Masters.
Via ABC News
3. Sworkit App Gives You Random Workout Ideas When You Need 'Em
There are plenty of workout apps available on the iPhone and Android platforms, but the Sworkit app is one of the few that's designed around the very idea of doing random workouts.
According to the creator, Ryan Hanna, "The real purpose of Sworkit and what sets it apart is the attention to simplicity& Sworkit only asks two questions: How long do you have to workout? Where do you want to feel it?"
For someone like me who tends to stick mostly to the ellipticals because he feels they're idiot proof, something like Sworkit is definitely up my alley. I'm never sure where to even begin when I want to workout.
You can choose between full body, core strength and even an "Anything Goes" workout.
Available for a buck, Sworkit is not only reasonable, but it seems pretty deep in its catalogue. There's a free version if you don't want to give up that buck right away.
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.