Jan 202012
 

CES

For those of you unfamiliar with CES (Consumer Electronics Show), I’ll start by saying that it is the world’s largest consumer technology trade-show featuring over 2500 exhibitors (and if any reader out there wants to give me a ticket for 2013, I would be very appreciative).  The 2012 event wrapped up on January 13th and the show brought some exciting new innovations into the limelight. There are a few  items from the health and fitness genre that we felt deserved our attention.

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Fitbit Gets Weighty

 Posted by on January 10, 2012  No Responses »
Jan 102012
 

Image courtesy of www.fitbit.com.

For those of you who already own a Fitbit, or are interested in getting one, I wanted to make you aware of a new product that is being added to their health-tracking line. The Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale was just announced at CES and, according to Fitbit’s product page, boasts the following features:

  • Weight, body comp, and more. Tracks weight, body mass index (BMI), and % body fat.
  • Wirelessly uploads to Fitbit.com. Uploads your weight automatically to your free Fitbit.com account.
  • Automatically recognizes users. With an easy set-up process, the scale will automatically recognize up to eight users.
  • Free iPhone app. See your stats, track weight trends, and log workouts — all on the go.

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Does Withings Weigh Up?

 Posted by on December 6, 2011  No Responses »
Dec 062011
 

The WiFi BodyScale by Withings is available from their website and the Apple Store for $159.

The short answer is yes, it does! However, I’d now like to give you a more in-depth explanation as to why the WiFi Body Scale by Withings is an investment every health conscious person should consider. We landed on this scale after shopping both in stores and online, and quickly realizing that scales, frankly, suck!  The only scale we found that was able to provide all of the data we wanted, in the way we wanted, was the WiFi Body Scale by Withings.  After much debating on whether or not spending $159 on a scale would actually be worth it, we went to the Apple Store, grabbed the Apple-esque packaged item off the shelf, and returned home.  As we mentioned in our Christmas gift post, this would make a great Christmas present!

Setup

Being that I am a fan of Apple products, I tend to appreciate simplicity and recognize the importance of aesthetics when it comes to packaging, set-up, and the product itself.  It appears that Withings has taken a leaf out of Apple’s book by presenting this scale to the customer using quality packaging, quality materials, and making it relatively easy to use.  The packaging is adorned with a beautiful picture of the WiFi scale and nothing else. Clearly Withings is confident enough about the quality of their product, that they are comfortable letting it speak for itself.  After pulling off the plastic wrap on the box, and the two small pieces of circle tape near the flaps, the box continues to follow Apple’s fashion by immediately greeting you with the front of the shiny new scale.  Installation is as follows:

  1. Create Withings’ account
  2. Click install scale (this queues a downloader)
  3. Connect scale
  4. Configure WiFi connection
  5. Put on a flat spot

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Dec 012011
 
Runner's Christmas

Shopping for people around the holidays can be very difficult, so we’ve compiled a list of things that might light up your favorite runner’s face or give you some ideas as to what you might like to see under the tree on Christmas morning.  We won’t be doing an in-depth review of these items until later posts, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments.

FitBit Ultra

We just reviewed the FitBit Ultra and find it to be a very well designed activity tracker.  This is a great gift for any health conscious individual.  The FitBit Ultra is available at Best Buy and at FitBit.com for $99.95.

Spibelt

One of the many favorites that the TR crew runs with is the Spibelt.  Meagan originally came across this gem when looking for a better answer on how to carry our iPhones during our run.  The Spibelt is nothing more than an adjustable elastic strap with a single pocket that can be used to hold keys, credit or ID cards, electronics, gels and/or candy.  It is available in many different colors, with models starting at $19.95 (Spibelt.com), and can also be found in most specialty running shops. Continue reading »

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