Sensors that are talking to apps is the latest in portable exercise technology. We have tested the Moov Now, Shtf and Fitbit Blaze, the products that can make you a better runner. Check out how they can help you.
Moov now: Your new multicoach?
Moov Now is a wearable that via three sensors detect how you are moving. PIN around the Shin collects podcast such as information about your running. The app needed to get something out of the Moov is prepared for several types of fitness activities, but we have concentrated on running during our test.
The sensors consist of an accelerometer that during running, for example, can sense how hard you land, a gyro that senses the angle that your foot has when it lands, as well as a magnetometer that detects the direction changes. The app analyzes the movement information, and give you tips in real time via headphones attached to your smart phone.
The idea is that the Moov will help you both to run more efficiently and with less risk of injury. Most of the Moov-that therefore consists of intervals focusing on run carbonization and movement exercises. But there are also pure interval workout with high-intensity, where less emphasis is placed on running technique.
When you run, you get feedback regularly, and after each pass, you get points based on how you’ve touched you and how hard you have landed. The point is put in relation to how well you have done in relation to the goal of the pass, and following that the level will be increased a notch. To spelifiera digital applications in this way is trendy-namely the creation of a competitive element with a reward system. Runs perfectly, you get praise and when you have passed all the levels, you will receive an award-just like in a computer game.
In addition to the löpspecifika functions have the Moov app also features for cycling, swimming, weight lifting and boxing. There is also a function of activity tracking 24 hours a day. Do you want to listen to music while you work out, you just fine-the volume is lowered automatically when you are given instructions.
Some heart rate monitor with Bluetooth will work with the app and podcast, which will allow you to get current heart rate via the headset. Moov, however, has no GPS, but is entirely dependent on the app and your phone’s GPS. Therefore, you always have your phone while running, but at least you won’t have to look at it-all the instructions you will receive in your headphones.
Moov is smooth and easy to use, and has a short start-up time. The battery life is impressive, thanks to a watch battery that lasts for half a year in normal use. It is not rechargeable but replaced when it runs out.
Moov is also fully waterproof, and of course gives the user the opportunity to share their latest Passport via social media. Only negative point is that it is a bit churlish to exercises in the various programmes.
Moov now costs about 800 dollars-a competitive price compared to what you get for your money.
SHTF-learning to run afresh
A group of Danish and Swedish engineers, designers, and programmers have in recent years been working on developing small motion poddar of sequential analysis. The project, called Shft (pronounced shift) and consists of two sensors, and an app.
Inside the two sensors, or podcast programming, sits an accelerometer, a gyro and a magnetometer which together perform 12 000 measurements per second. All of this information tells an app on your phone, how you move. By using two podcasts, one on foot and one on the upper body, Shft feel of how much of the forward movement slowed by your stance, as well as the angle of the upper body and how your upper body moves sideways. Your running efficiency is measured in Watts, and it also makes the braking forces.
First running tour begins with an analysis of how you run, which recurs every ten passports to keep track of your progress. After heating and an analysis of your movement starts a technology that, where the aim is to fix your running style and your posture based on what Shft has seen during the analysis (or screening as the app itself calls it).
You can set how often to get ideas, and all the instructions you will receive in the headset, as you linked to your phone. Would you pass under or lower technology speed step frequency in the target for the pass, and you will get directly prompted to increase the number of steps or increase speed.
After the pass, a more detailed analysis can be read in the text version. Parameters as the running efficiency, landings and movement patterns are also reviewed, using a points system. You will then receive tips on motion exercises, illustrated with a short instructional video. Even your running style, you can analyze in detail with the help of an animated movie, where you in slow motion can see how your foot lands and pushing off.
SHFT-poddarnas battery life is not that long, and if you wear around your löpargrejor in a bag all day, there is also a risk that the batteries run out when movement starts Shft-podcast programming. The best is to download them before each pass the charge time is relatively short, luckily.
Another thing to consider is that communication between podcast programming and phone can be disturbed by that, for example, you have a waterproof mobile phone cases (Lifeproof in our case) and cell phone been pulled down in the jacket pocket.
But the instructions are simple to follow, and it requires no prior knowledge of using the Shft. We believe that you can become a better runner by using the Shft-just as you can get it by using an talented running coach. But this assumes of course that you follow the instructions and obey-it after a while rather annoying voice in the headphones..
FITBIT BLAZE-Smart clock challenge
Blaze is a new smart watch from the Fitbit, previously most manufactured activity meter. Now, Fitbit to combat Apple Watch, for example, and Samsung’s smart watches.
Design is Blaze a successful contender. It has a metal frame around the clock, and the bracelet are interchangeable for those who want to match their outfit. Heart rate measurement is done optically to the wrist, which works very well-during the test, we were all the time the heart rate values that we usually get at comparable pass with the chest strap around your chest and a traditional pulse watch.
The features, which you can easily control via the large touch screen, is linked to your mobile. In this sense, the Blaze largely comparable to the competition-you can see the emails and text messages, reply if it rings and be reminded of what is in the calendar. Selection of apps that you can use in combination with the watch is large. But we still think it’s missing some löparspecifika apps to Blaze, such as Runkeeper. It may of course change in the future.
Then the clock without a GPS, you need to use the phone to track your running outdoors. On the treadmill is the pedometer and heart rate monitor that gathers the data. For those who want to use Blaze as a sports watch is the lack of GPS is a big minus, as in many other smart watches. But the telephone is not the Blaze so much more than a heart rate monitor with pedometer.
But clearly there are other bright spots. Function Smarttrack recognizes the movements to perform during training and records automatically-you do not need to start the clock to log your workouts. It’s a feature we like and as more manufacturers are welcome to copy.
Another great feature is the short training programs with exercises that can be found in the watch. A seven minute long mobility and strength exercise, for example, is perfect for when you have sat too long on the couch. Battery life is also sympathetic long, up to five days depending on use. And to be able to control the music player on your phone from the watch is comfortable during a run.
Even the Fitbit has hooked on the trend of making games and contest of everyday movement-you can challenge other that has an activity meter from the Fitbit in, for example, to go the most steps in a day. The winner can then boast about it on social media by simply pressing a button.
As sports watch have Blaze shortcomings, but if one can imagine to train with a smart watch and want an activity meter-then this is an affordable option. Do you turn off all reminders avoids also the messages that move all the time.
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