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One of the neatest things that the mobile revolution has brought about is an increase in intelligent fitness apps and accessories. Everything from belt clips that can tell how far you've run to zombie-augmented 5K training. The Amiigo bracelet and shoe clip combo may be one of the coolest projects, though. The company behind it promises that, between the two pieces, the system can track any workout you do. If it performs as advertised, this could be amazing.

The software is where the magic really happens (as always). The accompanying app can track up to a hundred different workouts and cross that data with heart rate, blood oxygen levels, calories burned and a bunch of other fun information your body spits out. As if that wasn't enough, it also tracks your progress with points and allows you to engage with your friends. You'll be positively swimming in data.

Social interaction is a great idea when it comes to fitness as it demands accountability. Tracking devices are also fantastic as they provide automated records of what you do, showing the user exactly how much they've accomplished, which is also motivating. If all of that could be put into a single package that's effortlessly integrated, it could be a huge hit. Which may be why this project on IndieGogo has achieved more than twice its funding goal of $90k inside a week. With 36 days left. Impressive.

Of course, with any crowd-funded project, we'll have to wait and see how well this really goes. It could be months or years before we see this land in consumers' hands, if at all. Even then, no guarantees can be made on whether it actually does what it says it can do. Still, call us hopeful. This is the kind of thing that we'd love to use if it can do what it promises.

Also, any organization that uses Glitch Mob for its product demo soundtrack is alright in my book.

Source: Amiigo (IndieGogo, PR)

Amiigo Unveils Fitness Tracker That Knows What Exercise You're Performing

Amiigo unveiled its first product, a bracelet and shoe-clip, on Indiegogo. Amiigo has raised over $150,000 dollars in its first week.

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amiigo, a Salt Lake City start-up, has developed a new device for gesture recognition and fitness tracking. Simply put, Amiigo has created a bracelet that uses accelerometers and machine learning algorithms to automatically identify and track specific exercises. For example, the Amiigo device knows if users are using the elliptical trainer vs the treadmill, or doing bicep curls, swimming, cycling, etc. Amiigo can also track metrics like reps, sets, speed, heart rate and blood oxygen. This new approach gives users an entirely different fitness tracking experience.

The Amiigo device consists of a bracelet and shoe-clip; both are used for this detailed, full-body tracking experience. Amiigo uses a proprietary gesture recognition technology to generate unique references for each movement. After an exercise is performed, Amiigo's algorithms will identify that specific movement and display it on the Amiigo iOS or Android app. Amiigo can track and identify over one-hundred different activities and can correlate those activities with physiological information such as heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. "Amiigo tracks what your doing and how your body is responding," says co-founder Dave Scott .

Supporters can order the Amiigo bracelet through Indiegogo for $99 and $119 for color options. 

Since their launch on Indiegogo, Amiigo has raised over $150,000 dollars from its +1200 supporters. So far, Amiigo has been able to attract a wide audience of athletes, as Scott states: "Amiigo is the ideal tracking device for runners, swimmers, weightlifters, cyclists and anyone who exercises routinely. We go far beyond overall activity tracking and hope to give users a more fun, simple and engaging fitness experience."

Amiigo is a useful solution for anyone interested in fitness. 2013 is quoted to be the year of wearable sensors, and there is a new player in town, calling themselves Amiigo.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • The dude

    Neat concept but the lack of an actual Heart Rate monitor make the majority of these accelerometer based sensors pointless for acurately measuring calories burned

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      it does have a heart rate monitor.

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      or so i thought... just went back through and now i don't see it listed on the main page... but how does it calculate intensity if it didn't? how would it be able to track weight if it didn't?

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      "Amiigo can track and identify over one-hundred different activities and
      can correlate those activities with physiological information such as
      heart rate and blood oxygen saturation. "Amiigo tracks what your doing
      and how your body is responding," says co-founder Dave Scott"

      so i would think it would have to have a heart rate monitor in order to track how your body is responding? but i dont see anywhere that actually says it has one... ill be holding off till i know one way or the other... thanks for bringing this up! :)

  • raazman

    Signed up for one!

  • KevinBerg

    Awesome, would really like to see one when it is done.

  • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

    i think i will be getting one of these...

  • taccord

    It does track heart rate....

  • selonmoi

    "Amiigo can also track metrics like reps, sets, speed, heart rate and blood oxygen."

    But not weight, obviously. Well, that's a rather large hole right in the middle of this story. Besides, anyone who is serious about working out plans what they're going to do in advance. This seems more like a gimmick than anything useful.

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      it talks about calculating intensity. so if you are lifting heavier weight then your heart rate will go up. so it may not know what weight, but it will be able to tell if it was a challenging weight. im sure the app will allow the user to input a weight into the comments, but being able to see how intense a workout was is a huge step forward..

      • http://www.facebook.com/vivecuervo7 Isaac Dedini

        Nah, wouldn't quite work. If you're going for strength training and therefore a very low rep count, you won't get a massive heart rate increase due to not relying on oxygen. Good indication of general intensity yes, but not for all situations. I guess we're still stuck with JEfit lol.

    • RCK

      A toch area on the bracelet combined with a oled screen would solve that problem... but currently this is not implemented

    • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

      How can a bracelet track blood oxygen level? Heart rate is already difficult to track through a bracelet, but blood oxygen level? Sound to good to be true.

  • CordellCollins

    Probably can't track pole vaulting, just like anything else...... :(

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      i bet you can teach it? its an option on the device... seems like something that would be pretty easy for it to learn since it can tell the difference between running on an elliptical and treadmill...

  • Joshua

    Do you even lift?

  • PLL

    1. Amiigo says it connects using BLE (bluetooth low energy). Does the galaxy nexus now have a software layer that enables that. I saw that the bluetooth module is capable of it, but android os 4.1 and lesser may not have it. I read a mention that the 4.2 update has a different bluetooth stack, but could not figure out if it actually enabled BLE.

    2. Would this allow for whole body gesturing and control? Maybe this could be implemented with Google glass as a new input scheme. It would be cool to be able to draw things in the air with my finger and have that register whether that be for text input or perhaps circling things as a search interface.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Pretty sure 4.0LE isn't supported yet http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=33371

      • PLL

        Thanks for that. I guess the major question is, what android devices would support Amiigo? I had read that perhaps the Razr phones have their own implementation of BLE but it seemed that the GS3, any nexus phone, and perhaps phones from other manufacturers do not currently support it. Given the lack of devices, could a lot of android owners sign up for an Amiigo device and be left with no connectivity when they receive it?

        • Amiio Review

          I've tried contacting Amiigo on this issue. E-mailed them and posted on their facebook wall. After the 4th day of not having a reply, I posted on their wall again asking them if warranty claims will be a wild goose chase such as this. They decided to delete my comments and block me from posting. Amiigo is very unprofessional and I doubt they will seriously handle warranty claims.

          • PLL

            Argh, I'm sorry for the bad impression they left. It seems like an interesting product, but I suppose one of the risks of being a pseudo-beta tester is having to deal with things that aren't quite ironed out yet. Sorry you went through all that trouble.

  • xriderx66

    "Yeah Jim, I can totally bench 800lb., just like my fitness bracelet said"

  • dobbsy

    Anyone know if this will this work with the Nexus 4?

  • spydie

    Does anyone know if there is an android-friendly device that works like BodyBugg? This item still lacks a lot of features compared to that for actually keeping track of what your body does.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I'm kinda loving the idea of this thing, even though I expect it'll be pretty buggy from the outset. I'm having a really hard time not instantly hitting buy.

    One complaint. $20 more to have it in blue or green instead of black? This is the same sort of thing that happened with Pebble. It absolutely does not cost that much more to offer colored plastic, and if those other two colors were also priced at $99, I bet they would outsell black instead of selling (collectively) 20% as many.

  • Big_Eddie

    LOL... these "crowd sourced" "inventions" are becoming comical.
    It's as if the aim is no longer to innovate, but to push the margin of attracting stupid people and their money.
    It's a novelty at best. For real weight training folk anyway.
    People who lift are usually wearing decent gym gloves that have good wrist support.
    How is this going to work with that?
    People who are even more serious about lifting don't wear anything to improve their grip/forearm strength. I doubt they'll want a cute bracelet on their roid arms!
    It's the "hipsters" that will take to this... and those clowns are usually skinnier then the Olsen twins due to their selective eating.

  • Adam Harel

    Will there be access to the raw 3 axis acceleration data?
    Thanks