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There have been products like the Fitbit and Nike Fuelband for a number of years, but these devices are mainly interested in how far you're walking, running, or biking. Strength training is harder to track, but the new Push band on Indiegogo promises to deliver the same quality stats direct to your phone that professional athletes get with high price laboratory equipment.

The Push contains an accelerometer and orientation sensor that follow the motion of your body with a high degree of accuracy. Using this data, it is able to measure the actual force, velocity, and power of each rep. According to The Push folks, the accuracy is comparable to more expensive devices used by athletic trainers and pro athletes.

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Push is designed to be easy to use with one big button – just hit it and start lifting. The raw data is all piped into your phone or computer without being obfuscated by any kind of rating system. You get actual measurements like the average force you apply during a lift in newtons. The Android (and iOS) app will store everything and help you make your workouts more effective and safer. As a nice bonus, if anyone ever pulls, "Do you even lift, bro?" on you, you can reply, "Heck yeah! My average lift force was measured at 1654 newtons just this morning. Check it, dawg." See, the Push app has built in sharing... that's what I'm getting at.

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If you want in, the Push band runs $149, but the $139 early bird deal is still available as of this posting. The company is looking to get $80,000 (Canadian) from the campaign. This is flexible funding, so Push gets to keep whatever is raised, but the campaign is already over $50k with 41 days left.

[Push Indiegogo]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Odoyle

    Was just reading about the fitbit Force, and thinking "I wish there was something like this for weight training..." Ask and ye shall receive :)

  • GraveUypo

    1654 newtons average lift force? what are you, a gorilla?

    • RyanWhitwam

      Yes, but I wear pants and write words, unlike your common wild gorilla.

  • Gregg

    This is a great idea but I still need something for when I want to go running or biking. Why is it nobody wants to make a more rounded device for complete workouts.

    Guess I'll keep waiting...

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      Amiigo

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    • Edwin Fung

      We're getting similar questions from a lot of people. At this point, our main focus is on strength training at the gym. The reason for this focus is we really want to deliver a top-quality product that is scientifically validated against the gold-standard in sport science. Once we're happy with our weight-training device and algorithms we will look into more sport specific algorithms.

  • Brian

    How the heck can it measure force just by tracking motion? I was expecting some sort of force pad...even with that it would only be an approximation unless if covered every single bit of skin that touches the weight.

    • Brian

      Also, the weight you are using is a really good starting point to figure out how much force you are exerting, lol.

      And the video shows a bunch of cross fit garbage, not strength training.

    • Edwin Fung

      Hi Brian! Great question! Inside our device is an accelerometer and a gyroscope, which gives the ability to track motion. At PUSH, engineers have written specific algorithms for each exercise that gives force, power and velocity. Our goal is to give users results comparable to the force plate, which is the gold standard in the industry, and we're excited that our results are very good.

  • Micah Brown

    Will there be updates available to the Push band? Otherwise, I feel like there may be a point at which we find ourselves looking to sell an outdated product. This is the prototype/first version. There are always kinks to workout. I would have more confidence in buying one (or asking for one for Christmas) if I knew it could improve over time.