updated 12:30 pm EST, Sat March 1, 2014
Device aims to instruct on form, efficiency and help avoid injury
A new fitness device that acts more like a fitness coach and less like a tracker is looking to change how a workout is approached by offering more than just numbers. The Moov, created by a team that boasts a former Apple engineer and a pair of Microsoft researchers, uses a smartphone connection to instruct users on how to improve their workout rather than merely quantifying it.
Unlike other fitness trackers such as the Fitbit or Nike Fuelband, Moov gives real-time instructions and feedback to the wearer through a smartphone. The hardware device uses three types of sensors to make up a 3D, 9-axis motion-sensing system inside of a single disk that can be placed anywhere, using the included wrist strap or adhered to a bicycle crankshaft.
The Moov application features five activities upon launch, including body weight movements, boxing, cycling, running and swimming. Advice on the activities has been compiled through various athletes, certified trainers and research from Harvard University and the US Army Research Laboratory. The app provides information on the activity and how improve form, efficiency and help avoid injury due to improper technique.
Features for Moov include a 1KHz data-sampling rate, a 50 to 100 feet range, cloud data storage and a battery that will last up to two weeks (assuming the device is used for a one-hour workout four days a week). The company notes that it is waterproof up to one meter (3.3 feet), and it pairs to devices through Bluetooth.
The Moov is currently available for pre-order at the price of $60 for one or $100 for a pair. The device is set to launch in summer for iOS, and fall for Android.