Technology and Health

5 Cool Fitness Gadgets/Apps to Try

Finis Neptune

Order online at: http://www.finisinc.com/Neptune-MP3-Player_2


Cost: $159.99


The Finis Neptune is secured onto the user’s eyewear, in this case, swimming goggles. This device uses bone conduction audio to relay music to the user’s ears, without the need for ear buds. The device also makes music louder and clearer when submerged underwater. It also comes with a built-in 4GB of storage space, a rechargeable battery that lasts 8 hours and an OLED screen with music controls.

Misfit Shine

Order online at: http://misfit.com/products/shine?locale=en


Cost: $119.95


It’s a bracelet, a pendant, and can also fit in your pocket. The Misfit Shine is an activity tracker that lets you track your movements and activities to help you achieve goals set on your iOS device. Due to its design you can strap it on an arm and dive in for a lap with no worries – it is waterproof! Check in on your progress by just tapping the LED-lit face. It also doubles as a watch and works on coin batteries which can last for months at a time.

Sportiiiis

Order online at: http://4iiii.com/


Cost: $149.99


The simple Head-Up Display (HUD) has 6 LED to indicate your heart rate.Cyclists can mount it on their sunglasses and receive their stats via voice prompts which relay your speed, heart rate, cadence and power.

iSpO2 Pulse Oximeter

Order online at: http://masimopersonalhealth.com/


Cost: $249


This device plugs into older iOS devices using the 30-pin connector to track and trend your blood oxygenation levels, pulse rate and Perfusion Index, particularly if you are a sportsperson. The product is not intended for medical use and is more for sports and aviation tracking. This means that this is a great and portable tool for sports players and sports teams that travel to play. The data from the device can be exported and kept in the athlete’s history for their reference or their coach’s.

HAPIfork

Order online at: https://www.hapi.com/product/hapifork


Cost: $99


HAPIfork is a gadget that can help you reduce your eating pace. The sensors notify you through tiny vibrations when you’re ‘speeding’. It can also track your eating duration, the amount and intervals of ‘fork servings’ per minute. All your data can be tracked with the accompanying app and transferred with a mini USB. The ‘brain’ of the HAPIfork is hidden in the body but can be removed for safe washing.

Reebok the Ruse: Bogus Reebok Toning Shoes

The Product

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The Claim

"Walking in EasyTone footwear had been proven to lead to 28 percent more strength and tone in the buttock muscles, 11 percent more strength and tone in the hamstring muscles, and 11 percent more strength and tone in the calf muscles than regular walking shoes."

Evidence/Science?

None.

Reality Check

Looking at it at the surface level, the results that Reebok is promising are realistic and achievable in a healthy way because the product, a shoe, wants you to get out of your chair and start running. Any kind of activity is good activity.


Yes, I get it. There's definitely information that's lacking, such as science. Our society today depends on factual evidence and science to back claims that advertisers make, so why should we stop now?


Reebok isn't exactly a reputable source because it's a large corporate body, and the only thing that it has on its mind is to find ways on how to get your money into their hands. With this is mind, wouldn't it be reasonable to conclude that they'll say anything to make one of their products look more appealing than it actually is? Another red flag for me is that they did not report any kind of science as to whether or not the product actually works.


Overall, customers who have used this product say that it does not work or that it is uncomfortable at times. Here are the links if you're interested:


http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R331UCQJK8Y2HF/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B005JJ0750


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQB5-qaH0Qw


In my expert opinion, I would not recommend the use of this product to anyone. People who are serious about getting fit need to understand that it's going to take some sweat and some perseverance and not some "magic bullet" of a shoe. There's no science to back up Reebok's claims, so why should you believe it?