The future is here when it comes to fitness gadgets in 2016. From hoverboards to intelligent skipping ropes, getting moving has never been so easy… or so fun. Here is the eBuzz pick of technologies for fitness fanatics this year.
If you were one of those kids who actually asked your parents for a hoverboard after watching Back to the Future, your wish may finally be answered. While it may not help too much in the fitness stakes, the Airwheel Airboard will certainly get you out and about. And we are sorry – it may not float but the pair of wheels are deftly controlled by pressing your toes to direct it right or left. It’s the closest you’re going to get yet, we’re afraid!
WITHINGS SMART BODY ANALYSER
As we plough into the New Year lots of us are attempting to shift those excess Christmas pounds. No better way to keep track of your progress than this genius tool. The Withings Smart Body Analyser not only measures your weight, but also takes note of your body fat, heart rate and ambient temperature. But our favourite bit has to be that it records everything on your smartphone and can do so for up to eight different users.
E-bikes are becoming more and more affordable, particularly with this fully electric bike from Sondors. The brains behind the slick yellow bike is Storm Sondors, an industrial designer who turned his hand to bike manufacturing when an accident temporarily hindered his very outdoorsy surfer lifestyle. The lightweight 350W motor can travel up to 60km/h when being pedalled.
AMPL SMART BAG
The world’s smartest backpack is a must for those who are constantly on the go or who cycle to work. Complete with a power pack and a USB port in every pocket, it allows you to charge all of your gadgets while in transit. The innovative shock absorbers, absorbent sole and water resistant coating will keep your gear safe while you charge down that mountain or weave in and out of traffic. All the backpack’s functionalities can be controlled from your smartphone. And, let’s not forget it will fit all your gym gear, laptops and tablets too. Genius!
The world’s first fully electric and completely environmentally friendly personal watercraft may be a little out of our budgets for now, but we can still dream! The eco-friendly hydrofoil has been designed to glide across lakes, rivers, seas and eco zones, and other places where boats are not permitted, smoothly. Most importantly, the thrilling ride emits no oil into the water and runs for as little as $1/hour.
The designers behind the Smart Rope have taken one of the most classic exercise tools and brought it into the 21st century. Complete with LED lights which mark your jump count, the handles are comfortable and allow for maximum control while maintaining view of the LED display. Future software updates will include additional information like a calorie tracker. The rope comes in a variety of custom colours allowing you to make this rope your own.
RIDEON SNOWBOARD GOGGLES
The world’s first fully augmented snowboard goggles are here! The stylish eye protectors have been designed to add an extra layer of fun to your ski or snowboard trip with games and challenges built in. You can glide through a virtual slalom track that only you can see or chase the shadow of your favourite ski athlete down the mountain. All fun aside, one of the best bits is the navigation system and maps of all of the world’s pistes – meaning you will never get lost on the side of the mountain again and you can find the après ski easily. It also lets you set up challenges with you friends and interact with them while on the slopes through video and audio technology.
We have written lots before about fitness trackers and apps but the Atlas goes above and beyond anything we’ve mentioned before. Well, it claims to at least. The tagline “the first fitness tracker” may not be precisely true but it does do some pretty cool things. It tracks calories burned and heart-rate but also captures data for advanced fitness and syncs all the stats via Bluetooth to your smartphone. We particularly love the specially curated programmes on the app which will help you lose weight, get toned or bulk up.
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