6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET News Video: How apps can make you sweat

About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: How apps can make you sweat

1:37 /

For a lot of us, starting a fitness regime is not nearly as hard as sustaining one. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on a tech start-up that's developing phone and tablet apps it hopes will make breaking a sweat more engaging.

Speaker 1: It looks like a standard car racing game, but when using (BitGym?) and Fit Freeway app to the iPad, the car's speed is powered by you pedaling and steered by leaning your body. Speaker 2: When you pedal or when you use an elliptical or when you run the treadmill you create this unique vibration written in algorithm which detects those vibrations and turns it into exercise speed. We use the front facing camera on the device that capture your head position and your body motion so that you can steer these games just by moving your body slightly side to side. Speaker 1: Alex (Gorley?) and his (BitGym?) co founder have the old goal of making exercise more interesting and more engaging through high tech. Speaker 2: We don't want it to be a chore, we want you to look forward to the workout and have fun with it. Speaker 1: Using the same vibration sensors, they've also developed apps that let athletes feel like they're actually running or cycling through scenic locations. Speaker 2: Your speed in real life is accessed through the video. Speaker 1: All right, now it's my turn to give it a try. I'm going to test that virtual active on the treadmill. I could do this again. You probably made my workout a little more interesting, traveled the globe in 30 minutes. Some serious athletes at a nearby gym welcomes anything even apps like an exercise to take their minds off a boring cardio workout. Speaker 2: Then there's something there that keep you going and then actually has some value to it, something you can achieve. If something like this enables me to be distracted and stay on the treadmill longer, then it sounds great. Speaker 1: So while technology can't replace the real world and can at least make the real world (??) of exercise a bit more interesting. In San Francisco from cars to voice (??).

New releases

Bird-watching Apps
1:01 February 27, 2015
Now is a great time to get outside to observe your local bird populations. After all, spring is when birds are migrating and mating....
Play video
I, 3D camera robot
2:24 February 26, 2015
Qualcomm's robot is just one tool to test and develop exciting new camera features for smartphones and tablets. CNET's Jessica Dolcourt...
Play video
Apple's official Spring Forward event happens March 9
5:48 February 26, 2015
Look for the Apple Watch and more to be featured at Apple's latest event. Emoji's finally bring racial diversity and will the Apple...
Play video
Zyro, a drone you can play tennis with, Ep. 193
4:49 February 26, 2015
This week on Crave we explore the short history of Nintendo Toasters or Nintoasters, discover a mumified munk inside an ancient statue,...
Play video
Net neutrality battle gears up for Round 2
4:26 February 26, 2015
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of enforcing Net neutrality rules to regulate Internet providers. But the...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 136: Bionic reconstruction, a real armored Batsuit and more
26:40 February 26, 2015
On today's show, we talk about three Austrian men who volunteered to have their hands amputated for science, a Philadelphia student's...
Play video
Apple's event could be time for more than a Watch
3:00 February 26, 2015
The "Spring Forward" March 9 Apple event could hold some surprises in store, the FCC votes in favor of Net neutrality rules, and ToeJam...
Play video
What's new on Netflix and Amazon for March 2015
1:51 February 26, 2015
March was made for marathoning. Find out what's going online and offline right here.
Play video