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CNET Update: Push takes fitness trackers to the next level

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CNET Update: Push takes fitness trackers to the next level

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Strength-training armband Push targets more serious athletes, and Facebook adds a new Save tool to read posts later.

There's a new type of gadget to give your workout a push. I'm Bridget Carey. And this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] Fitness trackers are quite trendy these days. There are dozens of devices that you can strap on your wrist to track your steps and movement. But there's a new type of tracker that's for a more serious athlete. It's called PUSH, and it's a new armband designed specifically for strength training. I met up with the cofounder and CEO Rami Alhamadi who gave a demo of how it works at the Sports Lab Gym in New York City. You wear the PUSH on your forearm, and it measures your performance as you do different strength training exercises. It tracks how many reps you do in a set, how much weight you're lifting. And with that, it can calculate the power of your lift. To get started, you create a profile with your training goals and then you pick an exercise and enter in the weight that you're lifting. Press a button on the arm band and it keeps track of your sets. When you're done, you get data about your performance, and suggestions on how to improve based on your goals. If you're fast, it'll suggest that maybe you should add more weight. And if you're not consistent during a set, and you're slow, it can tell you're probably doing your max and that you're tired. But how tired you get can also help calculate the most weight you can lift at one time; which is important to know for athletic training. You wanna keep pushing yourself further without going too far and hurting yourself. The point of all this isn't to motivate a couch potato to get to the gym. Rather it optimizes your training. Most fitness trackers measure data at 10 times a second. The Push measures data at 250 times a second. That's as accurate as professional sports lab equipment. And because of that, several pro sports teams are using it for their players, including NFL's Washington Redskins, and the hockey teams Dallas Stars and Philadelphia Flyers. Those who preorder now can get it for $150, and it'll ship in August. You can expect to hear more about different wearable gadgets like fitness trackers and smart watches all throughout the week. Because the annual wearable tech expo is taking place in New York City. In other news Facebook has an new feature and you may actually like this change. If you feel like it's hard to keep up with all the new stories in your feed you can now save a story to read it later and it's more than just the news. You can save lots of things for later like posts about a place, movie, or TV show. So if a friend recommends a good restaurant you can bookmark it to remember to visit it later. You can save it in a drop down menu from the right corner and save lists will show up in your more tab. This is rolling out to users over the next few days. That's your tech news update, you can get more details at cnet.com and you could at least stay updated by subscribing to our podcast or follow me on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]

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