20
Jan
Atlas

It's all about the wearable tech these days, right? The market certainly isn't lacking in fitness trackers, but the folks behind Atlas claim to have a better product. Atlas is packed with sensors to monitor your movements along all three axes. That movement data allows Atlas to actually figure out what exercise you're doing and how well.

The device itself will have a small monochrome screen that lists data like your heart rate, reps/distance, and time for the current exercise. The design has the Atlas docking into a wristband, but it's just a prototype. So how does it know the difference between a push up and a bench press? Even though many of the same muscles are engaged, there are differences in the subtle motion of your body. By comparing the live data to exercise fingerprints, Atlas claims to be able to instantly know what you're doing.

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Atlas will plug into an app on Android and iOS to help users dig through all the data the device records. It will also work with established apps like Fitocracy and MapMyFitness. The API will be open so anyone can support Atlas once it is a reality. The creators were seeking $125,000 on a fixed funding campaign, and they are currently closing in on $200,000. If you want to get in line for an Atlas tracker, the minimum reward level is $159, but delivery isn't planned until December 2014. Merry Christmas?

[Atlas on 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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  • worldclassflame

    As a fitness junkie ... I needs this !!!

  • Aleksey_US

    Looks like an uncomfortable design...

    • VegasDude73

      I was wondering if it rubs on your forearm while doing pushups.

      • Zhelyazko Atanasov

        I was wondering the same, the FAQ says the display thingy is 30x15mm so it doesn't seem to be very big. Actually I think it's quite small

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    As a lazy-ass bastard I'm not needing this.

    • MUTINOUS

      ah Herman, don't sell yourself short, even a lazy-ass bastard wears sneakers.

      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

        Good point, this may trick the ladies into thinking I'm not that lazy after all, which ultimately I am. :)

    • worldclassflame

      Lmao !

  • MUTINOUS

    If they can get it rated waterproof for up to
    50–100m and keep the price point under $150 US than this is
    the health tracker of the year. Sadly it seems the price point is on this
    unit will be $200+. Number of units sold will create a social networking
    boost to any product.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      You make a great point. Waterproof would actually lure a lot more athletes away from Garmin, since the waterproof Garmins are pricey. We need another choice for swimming besides Garmin & Timex.

    • Atlas Wearables

      We totally agree and just announced waterproof for 50-100m as our $500K stretch goal! We'd love your help getting there. :-)

      Also, the more we raise, the more leverage we will have to keep the price under $200. We want Atlas accessible to as many people as possible.

  • Jonas Kamper

    I see one major problem ... the battery time... 7 long workouts.... that's dwarfed compared to my current fitbit band that holds around 7 days

    • Zhelyazko Atanasov

      I think that Atlas is aimed to be used only during a workout. It doesn't seem like it is meant to be your all-around activity tracker. The Indiegogo title says "The first FIRTNESS tracker" so I guess it's only for the gym/backyard/pool training.

      • Atlas Wearables

        We are super focused on providing the best possible product for those who go to the gym, however sleep and step tracking is also on our road map for release. For the first revision you can tell Atlas when you're going to sleep mode and get analytics on your movement while you sleep! It will have the actual time, rest time, active time, workout timers, etc.

  • Paul_Werner

    I'm thinking of picking this up. Which would you think is better between this and the Amiigo you guys talked about last year?

    http://goo.gl/RNfzmo

    • skeeterfood

      Amiigo still hasn't shipped (check facebook for the latest news) and the shoe clip has exploded in size. They're both still vaporware at this point.

      • Paul_Werner

        Kind of figured. Well i backed Atlas as it seems a bit better. Guess I'll see in December

        Oh and I left facebook a while back so I try to stay off there if at all possible

        • Atlas Wearables

          Thanks Paul! <3 Team Atlas

  • Cherokee4Life

    So the battery doesn't even last 1 day. Well never mind then

    How long will the battery last?
    The battery will last at least 7 long workouts. (Battery size 120mAh).

  • dobbsy

    No guarantee of an Android app at launch. Definitely won't be backing.

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