If there’s one type of gadget that nearly everyone can enjoy to some degree or another, it’s a fitness gadget. These can come in the form of wristbands, sensors, apps for your phone, or any combination of those together. And you don’t’ have to be a health nut to appreciate the data that these devices give you.
With a small cost and a tiny bit of effort, you can track how much you move, how much you exercise, how many calories you’re burning, and/or how well you’re performing certain physical functions. Pretty much sounds like a win for everyone!
Nike as Pioneer
One of the first fitness gadgets in this respect came from the Nike brand, as was advertised as the Nike FuelBand. Reading about it’s progress, history, success, and ultimate failure is a fascinating journey into the minds of people who first embraced the idea of the wearable gadget, and then the company that let them down by not really putting the effort into it’s success that was definitely possible at the time.
New High Tech Clothes
The absolute latest iteration of the wearable gadget is in the form of clothing with sensors that tracks how hard your muscles are working, and the actual form of the exercises that you’re doing. These are a little pricey, and are more in use by professional athletes, but the fact that they’re available at all on a consumer level shows you just how far the gadget and device industry has come even in the last few years or so. These multi-sensor wearable clothes will become more popular as they become more details and less expensive, and people will be able to improve things even as domestic as their posture.
More Sensitive Sensors
And the sensitivity of these sensors just keeps getting better as well. If you buy an Apple Watch, you have access to all different sorts of motion data, good for the classic running and biking exercises, but also sensibly configured to do things like even measure your heart rate!
Virtual Reality Fitness on the Way?
The addition of consumer level virtual reality gear into the mix will also be interesting for fitness gurus. Imagine what will happen when VR gets to the point where a virtual fitness instructor can give you the motivation to keep doing those next sets of pushups!
The Meeting of Trackers and Sensors
The smaller that trackers get, and the more detailed sensors get, the more interesting the results are going to be when they complete combine resources with the mobile world. We’re entering into a new era of efficiency when it comes to fitness, and gadget and devices will be at the middle of that intersection.