Flyfit: The fitness tracker to strap to your ankle
When you think about it, the vast majority of tech makers make wristbands when it comes to fitness, and there are plenty of them to choose from. As a matter of fact, most fitness wearable trackers focus exclusively on Cardio exercises such as running, biking, swimming-focused on the lower body. And the question is, is there a benefit of strapping one on your ankle, as opposed to your wrist? The answer is simply, yes, and Flyfit has explained why.
The device was conceived by Jimmy Leu and his wife Beatrice Chu, who were convinced that wrist trackers were not optimally made, meaning the wrist is not the best place to measure Cardio exercises that involve the lower body. According to Flyfit makers, the device tracker is for those who are involved in swimming and cycling. It is meant to overcome the shortcomings experienced with other wrist trackers in order to accurately measure your work rate. Moreover, the tracker can also distinguish between different types of leg movements. For example, the tracker can differentiate between swimming leg strokes and jogging steps.
That is not all, the fitness tracker has a sleep mode feature, and it helps users better understand their sleeping habits/patterns. The device incorporates an elastic ankle-band (available in different colors) and a rechargeable Li-ion battery. The simple LED panel allows you to monitor your activities and the battery levels. You can integrate the device with an iOS app using Bluetooth to track your workouts in real-time.
The founders have already raised $150,000 through Kickstarter and plan to open an online racing game so that users can compete with others. This simple, but stylish device is likely to appeal to people who don’t like wristbands. You can expect to buy your first Flyfit from August 2014.