Adidas adds new MiCoach to fitness tracker team: CNET Update
CNET Update: Adidas adds new MiCoach to fitness tracker team2:55 /
The MiCoach Fit Smart band measures workout intensity while providing coaching, FitRPG turns Fitbit data into a game, and the LG Kizon bracelet keeps track of children with GPS.
So many trackers, so little time. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your Cnet update. [MUSIC] There's a new fitness tracking gadget hitting the market. Adidas, unveils the MiCoach Fit Smart wristband. It measures your heart rate, as you exercise. And with the accelerometer it can track steps, distance, speed, and pace. It goes on sale, August 15th around the world for $200. Now this isn't like other lifestyle tracking bands that you wear all day, it's really just for tracking your workout. It comes in black and white, and the battery lasts 10 hours on a full charge. The display can light up in different colors to show you how intense your workout is, and that can encourage you to slow down or speed up, and you'll also get some vibration feedback. This data syncs up with your smartphone using an app, called the My Coach Train and Run. That gives you coaching feedback, pre-planned workouts, and weekly goals, it also supports 11 languages. Adidas has been making smart fitness tracking devices for years, but the most recent gadget, the 2013 My Coach Smart Run. That has more features, like a GPS and a touch screen, but it costs twice as much, as this new fit smart band. If you need something more than a watch to motivate you to get fit, there's a brand new app that turns fitness tracking into a competitive role playing game. The free app is called FitRPG. It's for IOS and Android, but you need a Fit Bit to play. It pulls in the step and the slip data from a Fit Bit, and then it turns your activity into points, so you can battle friends, or go on quests. The creators are working to make their apps sync with other types of fitness trackers. And there's another type of wristband that's making news, but instead of tracking fitness, it tracks your children. LG announced a new GPS bracelet for kids, it's called the LG Kizon. It's water resistant, it comes in bright colors, and it has fun covers with Hello Kitty. And that way you'll be distracted from the fact that these bracelets are massively huge on these little kids wrists. It's for pre-school and primary school children, and parents can track their braces' location with GPS and WiFi, and get notifications on their smartphone or tablet. LG didn't give it a price but you can bet, it won't come cheap, it will be available later this year. The Kids On also has a built in direct, call button with a microphone, so with one push of a button, you can call a parent or guardian. The battery's said to last a day and a half on one charge. LG isn't the first to come out with kid trackers, some come in other designs, like Trax. That's a small clip on square, that can be put in a backpack or a jacket. Or if you don't have a kid, you could attach it to your dog's collar. That's your tech news update, you can get more details on these stories at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]