March 4, 2014
Get That Body Moov-ing
As one who exercises regularly, I log how far I jog, walk, or bike, approximately how many calories I burned, and how long I exercised. I do this partially because I am a researcher by nature, so perhaps someday I will look into my numbers. However, the main reason I log everything is really to keep track of my performance. Of the three numbers, the distance is most important to me. This helps me to make sure that I am staying on track if I am training for a run or walk. If I am simply exercising for my health’s sake, then tracking this data helps me to make sure that I am getting the amount and level of exercise I need.
Many people engage in logging their data, so many, in fact, that numerous technological devices exist to help. One of the newest additions to the logging choices is called Moov. According to a CNET article, Moov is a creation of two former Microsoft experts and a former Apple engineer. The co-founders, Meng Li, Nikola Hu, and Tony Yuan, believed that the wearable technology market is ripe for new devices, so they jumped in with Moov.
Like most wearable technology, Moov looks pretty standard and is meant to be worn on the ankle or wrist. The co-founders hope that eventually it could attach even to equipment like golf clubs. Moov tracks motion and provides guidance. As the article explains,
“With Moov, those sensor advancements are used in conjunction with corresponding algorithms to match the activity type and then monitor your actions. Moov tells you in real time with a Siri-sounding voice when, for instance, the rate of your stride is too slow and the force of your foot hitting the ground too high, potentially causing stress on knees.”
Currently, Moov has a corresponding iOS app that helps to track activities associated with any one of the following: cycling, swimming, running, weight training, and boxing. An Android app is planned for release three months after the launch and will do the same as the iOS app. With running and cycling, Moov gives real-time, audio feedback. Weight training and boxing have the benefits of videos that give personalized feedback from professional coaches who wore Moov throughout the recording.
Moov simultaneously logs data while also providing coach-like feedback to users to help them with their form and outcome. Anyone who has ever had a coach for training and performance knows the benefits. Moov seeks to mimic that in an AI form.
Just what are the downfalls to Moov? Well, unlike other wearable technology, it does not have a heart-rate monitor, but the company is considering adding it for future release. Also, Moov does not transmit info like time of day or steps walked. Other devices might do more, but they are also more cost prohibitive. Right now, Moov does some things that those don’t, like the feedback instruction, yet still costs less.
Currently, Moov launched “a crowdfunding campaign on its Web site aimed at raising $40,000 for an initial release this July. It has declined to disclose its source of funding thus far. The company is selling one of its trackers for $59 and two for $99 for the first 30 days, and hopes to retail the device for $120.” If this wearable technology seems like it is just what you need to pump your exercise, then now is the time to check it out, at least as far as cost goes.
To see just what Moov is up to, check out this video:
Image Credit: Moov