A visit to the Wearable Technology Show had me feeling less fit and
able than normal. This device was one of the worst offenders simply
because the people wearing them were the exact opposite of me in
three ways, young, fit and healthy.
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The chest belt is the hardware but more important is the software that knows what
you have achieved previously and indeed how hard you are working.
So in theory even an old decrepit specimen like me could become
less decrepit assuming the effort did not bring on a fatal heart
I looked onto their stand just before a presentation was due the
amount of energy being spilled onto those machines made me feel
ill, looking at the people on them make me feel older and more
feeble as although they were working hard no one had the decency
even to sweat.
As I moved to one side to exit the stand I was approached by a man
from the stand at least he was not in Lycra and he thrust the box
in my direction. I assume he thought if it did not kill me it might
See also: Health and Fitness
So what is in the box, a belt not to worn on the waist but on the chest. The ones I have used in
the past had a single task to measure heart rate and dependant on
what the signal is sent to calculate certain parameters.
As regular readers will know I wear a device on my wrist with LEDs
that constantly measures my pulse and with the effort of say
walking up a hill carrying a couple of bags of shopping goes wild
as I hit 150 beats a minute. The people on the stand who were
exercising would possibly reach that on a rowing machine after a
long workout. They are fit and I have a rapid pulse that cannot be
treated as I have other medical problems.
The box contains a red expandable 3cm wide belt that I was surprised could reach round me. The important bit is an
oval 7cm wide lozenge that has a couple of poppers on the back to
attach it to the belt.
There is a short 20cm long USB lead that ends in a popper to charge
the oval lozenge.
The inside of the box has two QR codes one for iOS and the other
for Android. Download the appropriate App to your SmartPhone and
that’s about it.
Once you have registered your device and attached the belt to your chest you are ready to start becoming fitter but be warned
this device knows you and anyone thinking of having a lazy day
should think again.
You need your SmartPhone to be within Bluetooth range and be
prepared to suffer. You work through different colour zones and you
have a percentage figure, more details along with a lot of fit
looking people - on the second link.
The Myzone MZ-3 is available from the first link below for $149.99.