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Despite High Awareness, Consumers Reluctant to Buy Fitness Gadgets

There’s never been a better time to get fit. Technology and the Internet have combined to make it easier than ever to record and track your health. From advanced pedometers like the Fitbit to wearable bracelets like Nike’s Fuelband, we’re living in an era where tracking your day-to-day health is as easy as updating your Facebook status.

However, a new study from New York-based NPD Group shows that while consumers are highly aware of all the latest health gadgets, many are still reluctant to purchase them. For instance, of the men and women polled for the NPD Group’s digital fitness study, only 9% have ever used a heart rate monitor. Making matters worse, nearly half of those who have used one have borrowed it from a friend or relative. Read the rest of this entry »

Polar Offers Limited Edition Tour de France Training Computer

The Tour de France is still just over two months away, but yellow products are popping up with cycling tie-ins. Polar is offering a limited edition Polar RCX5 Tour de France training computer. Read the rest of this entry »

Arrival of Android Mount is Logical

Mr. Spock on TV’s Star Trek would probably think it is illogical that Android users don’t get the same level of product offerings as their iPhone counterparts. But logic, or rather BioLogic, proves that Android users shouldn’t be left out.

The company has unveiled its Bike Mount for Android, a weatherproof case for Android-based smartphones that can mount to bicycle handlebars. This allows users to use GPS, and other apps on the phone to track speed, position or distance traveled, well riding. The weatherproof hardshell case features a welded, touch-sensitive membrane that allows for touchscreen functionality. Video after the jump

Here’s Your Caddy

Not everyone can get the pro treatment, but the folks beyond Who’s Your Caddy, a free mobile golf app, has launched a new website to help golfers and courses alike improve the game.

For those in the swing, this website features Caddy Tips, complete with hole-by-hole video from the club professional offering tips and suggestions, as well as Gimmes, which include free gifts from neighborhood businesses. Additionally, golfers can use their smart phones to gather enhanced GPS information about playing the course, while the golf course receives a generous revenue share through their participation in the Who’s Your Caddy Mobile Marketing Program. Video after the jump

Weekend Reading List (4.14.12): Running With (Just) GPS, Tech From Paris-Roubaix, Social CrossFit

Lonely Runner Indeed

From YouTube: [CrazyNav] TwoNav, When orientation becomes a game 

Challenge yourself! Find your way, alone, with nothing else but your GPS.

 

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A Tack With GPS

GPS is very good for plotting distance when fairly direct travel is involved, but this isn’t always possible. One notable area where this can be difficult is with sailing as tacking to catch the wind is necessary, making it nearly impossible to determine arrival time. Read the rest of this entry »

Motorola Gets ACTV With Golf Edition

We’ve reported on the Motorola MOTOACTV a few times already, but we’ve circled back as the company announced a new golf edition that is ready to hit the links. This actually includes a partnership with the mobile device developer and three-time PGA Tour winner Bubba Watson. This new MOTOACTV takes proven GPS tracker and basically has added a virtual caddy and online clubhouse into the mix.

It features 20,000 golf courses in the database, and allows players to check the distance to the front, center and back of the greens, as well as distance to hazards. It can track the user’s score and of course sync to the MOTOACTV service. It will be ready for 18 holes beginning April 1. Full press release after the jump

GPS Watch Keeps Track of Alzheimer’s Patients

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres in her early days as a standup comedian told the joke, “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.” Funny joke, but for many people this is no laughing matter.

Fortunately the same technology that can allow athletes to know how where and how far they’ve run can be used to keep track of family members with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Swiss-based u-blox has created Watchie, a GPS-based device that can be worn by patients as a watch and provide real time GPS tracking for caregivers.

Advanced features can include “safe zones” that can be set to alert caretakers should the patient leave a designated zone, as well as a G-Senor that detects sudden movement should the wearer fall down. Best of all the Watchie’s battery will run for weeks, so even those active grandmother’s will likely tire out before the GPS gives out.

Watchie Official Website

GIS Device Gets Rugged

While consumer GPS units have long been “rugged” some specialized field devices have lagged behind. But recently Trimble introduced its next generation of GNSS devices for GIS field applications, including the Trimble Juno 3B and 3D handhelds. These specially computers offer positioning, imaging and communications in a single package.

These units offer GPS, a 5MP autofocus camera and Windows Mobile Software. What is more impressive is this also offer Juno 3G wireless technology, which allows users to transfer data and stay connected via the device’s integrated mobile phone. These are designed for those in the gas, electric and water utilities, but we could see that such a device could have uses for consumers who need a rugged device that has the power and connectivity of a smartphone and can stand up to the elements.

Mobile phone makers – are you listening?

[Via FieldTechnologies: New Rugged Trimble Juno Series Puts GIS Field Work In Your Pocket]

Pentax Introduces Weatherproof WG Series Cameras

Rugged cameras are the thing this season and Pentax Ricoh Imaging has unveiled its new line-up, which includes the Pentax Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras. Both models are waterproof to 40 feet, and of course are dust-proof, shock resistant to a drop of five feet and are freeze-proof to 14° F.

The WG-2 series offers a wide-angle 5x (28-140mm 35mm equivalent) internal optical zoom lens, 3-inch LCD screen and hardened cover with SP coating. The cameras feature digital movie shake reduction, fast face detection, focus assist lamp, smile capture and blink detection. Read the rest of this entry »

Canon (Power)Shots Again

What camera company isn’t releasing a rugged digital camera? This week Canon announced its upcoming PowerShot D20, which is much more than just an update of the D10 – in fact in a way it is more because it is less. While the D10 was a large and bulky point and shoot, the D20 is a sleeker model, but still features a robust and sporty design.

The PowerShot D20 is made for those who are a little tough on their devices, and as such it is waterproof to 33-fteet and shock-proof to about five-feet, while also being freezeproof to about -10C. It is also sealed up tight to protect the internals electronics from sand and dust. Read the rest of this entry »

Panasonic Introduces Pair of Rugged Cameras

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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4

Whether you’re on a budget or want to go all out and the sky is the limit, Panasonic has a camera for you. This week the company introduced two new rugged outdoor digital cameras.

First up is the Lumix DMC-TS4, which includes GPS, compass, altimeter, barometer and truly lives up to the rugged moniker. A barometer log is even available to help users forecast the climate and log barometric trends, while the altitude measurements can be used in conjunction with GPS data. And speaking of GPS, the camera more than a million landmarks and 82 countries/regions cover in the maps available on the bundled DVD, allowing Geo-tagged images to be automatically sorted and played back along a map! Read the rest of this entry »

ViewRanger App Gives Your Smartphone Off-Road Mapping Capabilities

Today’s smartphones pack built-in GPS capabilities that have all but demolished the need for a standalone GPS unit. But what if there was an app for outdoors enthusiasts that turned your smartphone into the digital equivalent of Bear Grylls? That’s essentially what you can expect from ViewRanger, a powerful outdoor GPS app that’s been available internationally, but is just now launching in the U.S.

The $5 app lets trailblazers plan, plot, navigate, record, and analyze their outdoor adventures straight from their GPS-enabled smartphone. It uses Open Source Web maps to provide detailed information on any popular location or alternatively, users can make in-app trail guide purchases on the fly. The trail guides (which cost between 70 cents to $1) are then pinned on the map providing trail descriptions, directions, and pictures straight out of publishers’ guidebooks. Video after the jump

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