A sports equipment maker reports it has slowly been installing its power harvesting gym equipment across the country.
When I go running outside, I always have some sort of music playing device with me — either my iPod Nano worn on my wrist or my iPhone worn on my arm. I also usually have an app running that tracks how far I've gone, how fast I've been going and with the iPhone, where I've run, thanks to a GPS app like Runkeeper.
The Olympics are upon us, reminding every just how much we hate exercising (even when we have interesting and slightly insane ways of doing it). Obviously, this doesn't apply to all Americans, but it does to an overwhelming lot. Well, we should be careful, since a new study shows inactivity kills as much as smoking.
In this week's edition of Healthy Tech, Garmin unveils a fancy watch for swimmers, a company called PLX Devices unveils a headband that monitors your brainwaves so you can control specialty apps on your smartphone, and Eyejets shows off SlideLens...
Listen up, kids: any problem you'll ever have, ranging all from being fat to (now) being lazy, can be effortlessly be solved by taking drugs. Don't want to exercise? Just inject yourself with some of this new hormone, and you'll be on your way to the gym before you can say "recombinant human erythropoietin!"
There's been a lot of talk lately about how we all need to get more exercise. Don't think no one's been listening. A Belgian company has taken the cause to heart by creating a table with seats that double as exercise bikes — and the pedal power charges up your gadgets.
Bike riding is a great way to stay in shape while getting to where you want to go without polluting the environment. But what if you're a rich one-percenter who can't stand the thought of mingling with the masses? Then this blinged-out Cadillac Escalade provides an excellent way to stay trim, while your chauffeur drives you around.
There are solar-powered street lights and even trash-powered lamps, and now here's one powered by you and me. With exercise equipment attached to a streetlight, the kinetic energy the user expends is transferred into batteries that partially power the energy efficient LED lamps in the light system.
BodyMedia, which makes the FIT armband you see pictured, has been in the body-tracking biz for twelve years now. Now the company is teaming up with the brains over at IBM, and when their powers combine, you get a system that not only knows how unhealthy you are, but can help reverse the trend.
Want some motivation to work out? Forget losing weight or getting healthy since there's now a pill for that. No, the best motivation for doing things that you don't want to do is cold hard cash, and that's what GymPact promises to give you in exchange for your suffering.