posted on January 17, 2013 |
Wearable fitness sensors are great devices for tracking how much you move and how many calories you’ve burned, especially if you are doing a standard exercise.
But let’s face it. Most of us have a custom workout. So how can you calculate how many more calories you need to burn to earn the chicken wing pig out? A new fitness tracker developed by Amiigo can help. It figures out what exercise you’re doing.
The Amiigo fitness tracker has a pair of sensors - a wristband and a small shoe clip. These devices both use accelerometers to track your movements and store the activity data in their built-in memories. The data is sent via Bluetooth to an iOS or an Android smartphone app that analyzes your movements and determines whether you're on the elliptical, running, swimming, doing bicep curls, squats etc. It generates relevant workout info according to the exercise you are doing.
The Amiigo’s companion smartphone app runs a special gesture recognition algorithm to recognize the exercise being performed. The algorithm compares the motion patterns with more than one hundred pre-programmed different fitness activity patterns in order to determine the type of exercise. The developers say that the system also allows you to create and record your own new exercises that might be unique to you. After recording a new exercise, Amiigo will recognize it in future workouts.
The app produces graphs and charts at the end of each exercise session including an analysis of your physiological data. And since it’s a cloud app you can share your workouts on social media. On second thought, don’t do that - you don’t want to be “that guy”.
The videos below show demos of the various features of bracelet, shoe-clip plus the app.