In the age of the Internet of Things, where everything from a toaster to a vacuum cleaner is connected to the internet, going to the gym can often feel like a surprisingly disconnected experience. Many workout machines, such as those used for lifting weights, don't need to be upgraded with the same frequency or as many times as a phone or computer, so their useful lifespan can easily span multiple decades. The drawback to such a lengthy lifetime is that these old machines lack the ability to connect to our internet-enabled devices, making it harder to track and log workouts. Read More
About a year ago, Cody uncovered signs of the Google Maps app introducing special labels for School and Gym, similar to Home and Work. We didn't see those materialize for a long time, but over the past couple of weeks I've seen them pop up in Maps for me, either as a suggestion when adding a label or when requesting directions to the same place a few times repeatedly. The functionality isn't new, per se: I have vague memories of the labels showing for me many months ago, and I can spot it in the super old Maps v9.56. Read More
You want to become a rock hard slab of skin and muscle. I hear you, and I understand. Here's a pro-tip, you have a great fitness trainer already floating around in your pocket. Look at it. That flat, hard sheet of glass. That chiseled frame. Your phone is in great physical shape, and it knows just what to do to help you get there.
First, download Runtastic Results. This is the latest release from Runtastic, and those guys make good software for people who prefer the thought of training at home rather than going to the nearby gym. In the past we've covered their approach to running (go figure), riding bikes, and getting those six-pack abs. Read More
Sometimes developers strike (figurative) gold. They send an app submission just when you're thinking that you need to find an app that does the exact same thing, and it's Presidents Day so your plate is otherwise empty and you can try it out. Such is the case with Chrono List. But let's back up.
For a few days now, I have been thinking how silly it is that I have to keep staring at my treadmill's timer to figure out when to switch speeds during my runs. See, some days I go for a gradual speed increase over 5' intervals, and other days I do a HIIT of 1' intense runs and 2' walks. I can't exactly lose [my]self in the music, or have myself a good time if my eyes are rooted to the clock the entire run. Read More
Somewhere within the depths of the internet are entire subcultures of people who do things. Among those people are ones who like to work out – you know, it's their thing. Their schtick, even. Some of these guys actually happen to cross over into geekdom at one point or another. Crazy, I know. Somewhere along the lines, these fitness-nut/geek hybrids got together and created a game. And a social network. And a way to track fitness. Then they put them all together and called it Fitocracy.
Sound crazy? Well, that's for good reason – it kind of is. And now it's on Android. Read More
UDS, the company that brought us Capta (which we loved) and now working on Vavo, has a limited quantity of pads made of what I called "magic alien goo" - a key ingredient used in its products. It's sort of a weird material made in part with polyurethane (PU), which is both sticky and not sticky at the same time - but in exactly the right ways.
I have been playing with a PU pad for the last month or so, and it's now become my trusty gym companion. Heck, I can bring it anywhere, slap it on pretty much any surface, and voila - an instant phone holder. Read More