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Must Have Health Gadgets

The personal health space has exploded in recent years with heaps of cool gadgets that integrate with mobile devies to help people track their health in ever expanding ways. So I thought I would share a couple of the devices that I would love to see under my Xmas tree this year.

Withings – The Blood Pressure Monitor

Take your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the next level with this awesome blood pressure monitor. Use it to track your  changes and share your results with your doctor or family. A great addition to a PE department to teach the theoretical basis of blood pressure and acute responses to exercise. Check the device out in action here

The Wifi Body Scale

What happens when you add WiFi to a set of scales? Introducing the Withings Body Scale which sends all of your vital statistics directly to you computer or mobile device. You can even setup your scales to tweet your daily metrics. Check out the video of it in action below.

Up

Although plagued by initial trouble on release, the UP device by Jawbone is a cool health monitoring device set to record everything from sleep to exercise and sync it to your smartphone. Users can join challenges that seek to improve their overall health. Sign up for the next release at the website.

Wahoo Blue HR for iPhone 4s

I recently purchased one of these handy devices for my iPhone 4s and it has integrated nicely into my exercise regime, allowing me to track heart rate changes as compared to other data like speed, distance etc. The Wahoo Blue HR takes exercise to the next level with apps like Endomondo and Runkeeper allowing for live online monitoring.

Swivl – Personal Cameraman

I simply cannot wait to get one of these devices into my classroom. Simply place your iPhone or other mobile device in the cradle, attach the sensor clip to your clothing and you have your own mobile  cameraman who follows your every move. A great addition to PE classes and activity analysis tasks.

Scosche My Trek

An alternative bluetooth enabled heart rate monitor that is worn on your forearm instead of your chest. The device also integrates with mobile applications to gather and record your heart rate and training metrics. A perfect choice for schools where device sharing is required. Check out the promo video here

Fitbit

This groovy little accelerometer allows users to wirelessly track their activity throughout the day. All information is then accessible via a mobile application or the fitbit.com website. Use this device to determine if students are meeting the physical activity guidelines/sedentary guidelines. Check out the video of it in action below

Zeo Sleep Managament

A cool little sleep management unit that allows you to track your sleep patterns including the different phases of sleep. Considering we spend 1/3 of our life doing it, it certainly could be a worthy investment. I would love to integrate it into sports psychology discussion in senior physical education. Check out the video of it in action here

Zephyr BioHarness

At present only available for Android devices, however word is of  a future release for iOS devices. Attach this to your mobile device and run an app like SportsTracker Pro and you can capture heart rate, breathing rate and skin temperature. Simply awesome.

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8 Responses

  1. Love to have a go at all of them. To some this lifestyle information would be too confronting. However, what a great way to get to know your body.

    • Absoultely, awareness is the first step on the road to real behaviour change. These tools certainly provide lots of awareness opportunities. Thanks for sharing your comments

  2. I have been trying to get my hands on a FitBit – any ideas where I can get one?

  3. These gadgets are amazing. Assigning the fitbit to students on a rotating basis could definitely provide some insight into their own habits. Being in the military I would love to use the Zephyr BioHarness to see our vitals in a combat or mock-combat situation. To know how the body reacts and who your more calm soldiers are in a given situation. All of these gadgets are amazing though and believe that they can provide great insight if used properly.

  4. Hi Jarrod, I’ve been using a quite expensive but great gadget on my bike since new year – the Garmin Edge 200. Tells me my speed, time, average speed, calories, and I can upload or download ny routes and details. Thanks to it and a nice app called MyFitnessPal that I use to log my food in and exercise out calories, I’ve lost a stone and half since new year!
    Colin

  5. Did you ever get a Swivl to play with? I just came across the “new” Swivl (to be released later this year – supports DSLR cameras and Ipads) and when I saw the “sports mode”, I thought of you and how it might be useful for activity analysis.

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