This compact smart home gym should help get you fit (hands-on)
I'm the last person you'd expect to find in a gym, but if Move It has its way, I'll be turning into a gym rat in the comfort of my home. The company's eponymous debut product, the Move It smart home gym, is a set of training equipment and a pair of smart sensors that connect to your mobile phone. The gear makes an elegant package that wouldn't be out of place in an upscale modern home.
Costing $229 (around £160 or AU$300), the Move It is currently available for pre-order via crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. It was designed by a bunch of Hong Kong Canadians with impressive pedigrees from the IT industry. The CEO, Ivan Ho, formerly worked for Microsoft and Chinese social network YY.com, while co-founder Oscar Wang has ties to the health industry.
The four workout tools included in the Move It are a resistance band, an ab wheel, a jump rope and a pushup stand. While these are the most basic of fitness gear, the real smarts lie in a pair of handles that connect to the exercise gear. They have sensors such as a six-axis accelerometer, a gyroscope, a capacitive sensor, a pressure grip sensor and infrared for measuring distance. When you connect the handles to the gear, it automatically detects the form of exercise you'll be doing and sends the data to the app on your phone. When not in use, all four tools as well as the handle are stored away neatly on the stand.
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