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.
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.
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.