With the Apple Watch, fitness is all in the wrist

Apple just announced their first wearable device, the Apple Watch, and everyone has an opinion.

Technology journalists are taking a wait and see attitude. Fashionistas are split. And even hard-core watch aficionados have good and bad things to say.

For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait until sometime next year to get our hands on Apple’s new watch and form our own opinions. But what we do know sounds intriguing, especially for those of us interested in health and fitness.

Just like a FitBit, Apple’s Watch contains an accelerometer which will allow it to track steps and other exercise, and then send that data in real-time to apps on your phone. But it also contains four lenses on the back, nestled against your wrist, that use pulses of light to determine your heart rate — no bulky straps needed.

By tracking movement and heart rate, Apple should be able to provide a much more robust view into your health and fitness than any other wearable out there. And with their recently announced HealthKit initiative to link data from devices into medical records, they could send fitness data directly from your watch to your doctor.

What do you think? Would you wear an Apple Watch? Will you buy one when they come out?

Josh Roman, Head of Product

 


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About Josh Roman
Josh Roman has been driving product innovation and advancing the digital gym concept since the company’s inception in 2004. Josh oversees all software development, user interface design, and hardware engineering for the Koko Smartraining exercise systems, equipment and technologies. He also enjoys the unofficial title of Lead Culture Hacker. Josh holds an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University. Originally from St. Louis, Josh and his family live in the coastal town of Scituate, MA.

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