Ever since Nike introduced its FuelBand wearable fitness tracker last year, there's been a rather loud and unsatisfied cry from users of the biggest mobile operating system on the planet: "Where the hell is the Android version?" Even while competitors like Fitbit Jawbone's UP have embraced Android, Nike FuelBand has remained an iOS exclusive, and Nike has made a point of explicitly stating that there's no Android version of the app in development.
If you buy a Fitbit, Jawbone Up, or one of the other fitness sensors out there, you're committing to a single software ecosystem. That can be a problem if you want to use your hardware with third-party apps. Plenty of Android users know the pain of being unable to wirelessly sync a Fitbit with most Android devices. The Angel fitness and health sensor is an attempt to build a completely open device that app developers can plug into and create new experiences for users.
It's easy to want six pack abs, but it's more difficult to actually get them. It's always been more enjoyable to consume calories than to lose them, but for many of us, it now takes less effort to find and consume food than to find space to conduct a decent workout. But with a tool like Runtastic's Six Pack Abs Workouts, you can exercise wherever you have enough space to lay out a yoga mat.
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.
Earlier this year, Fitbit released Flex, a bracelet that pairs with a smartphone to help you monitor your activity and encourage yourself to get on your feet. Now the company has already released an updated version called Force that, thanks to its new features and OLED screen, functions somewhat like a smartwatch.
It would do the Fitbit Force a disservice to think of it solely as a pedometer with a clock.
Beddit sounds like a Reddit app you use in bed, or perhaps a sub-Reddit about beds. It is neither. Beddit is a Bluetooth sleep sensor that sticks to your mattress to gather data on how you're sleeping, or not sleeping (probably too much Reddit). At any rate, it's looking for funding on Indiegogo and has blown past its goal.
The creators were looking for $80,000 through a flexible funding campaign, but have already reached nearly $300,000 with 16 days left.
There are already plenty of step-counters and fitness trackers on the market, but Sensoria is trying to appeal to a more serious athlete. The Smart Sock is pretty much want it sounds like – socks with sensors that relay stride and step information to your smartphone. The company was seeking $87,000 on Indiegogo, and it has blown by that with 5 days to spare. The video is a little awkward, but the product looks neat.
Android has been in phones, tablets, refrigerators, cameras, and now it's going where it's never gone before – an exercise bike. There's something a little funny about taking a mobile OS and embedding it in a device that doesn't go anywhere, but still requires peddling. The Peloton Bike is only a day into its Kickstarter, but it's raised tens of thousands toward the $250,000 goal.
One of the most popular fitness apps on Google Play has long been MyFitnessPal. This was true in spite of how it looked – the app's UI was absolutely awful, and performance left a lot to be desired. But no more. MyFitnessPal has gotten a new Holo interface in the most recent update.
The developers of MyFitnessPal completely redesigned the app. Performance is considerably better, and you could legitimately call the design Holo (#YOLO).
So you got into the whole workout-on-the-Wii fad a while back, but now the Balance Board just hangs out in the corner, collecting dust. What a waste. You could choose to let it continue to clutter up your living room, or you could get it out, blow the dust off of it, and connect it to your Android phone or tablet. What?!
Thanks to an app called FitScales, that process is actually made incredibly simple.