BodyMedia is kicking off the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show before it even officially beings, by unleashing the CORE 2 armband! BodyMedia is the official armband of the popular TV show “The Biggest Loser”. It will be the smallest multi-sensor health tracker on the market and it has a very fashionable design. It will be the first to offer interchangeable jewelry, like straps, cuffs, and faceplates. The popular feature of the LINK armband, will be coming to the CORE series with the CORE 2 and that is BlueTooth 4.0. The CORE 2 also has the smallest multi sensor monitor, this will get you accurate measurements of calorie burn, exercise intensity and sleep patterns. The sensor captures over 5,000 data points per minute. Since the CORE 2 has Bluetooth 4.0 you will get live updates of body monitoring data in the mobile app on Smart Ready-enabled smartphones and tablets. No longer will you have to plug it in to sync your data. This will help the user make real-time decisions like what exercise’s they should do. This new BlueTooth technology also takes less of a bite out of your battery. The mobile application will give you breakdowns on calories burned, calories consumed, calorie deficit or overage for the day. You can also create custom workouts, log food, and more. The Activity Manager will give you the same capabilities of the mobile application plus historical data and activity and dietary adjustment recommendations based on each user’s goal. The FitCoach will give you recommendations on choices that you make everyday. When you get the CORE 2 at first it will just come with a strap, but you will be able to get faceplates, straps and cuffs that turn the armband into a fashion accessory. You will be able to personalize it your liking, and this is a first for many armbands out there. And will definitely open it’s market and make it more appealing. If you are looking for a heart rate monitor, BodyMedia will sell it as an accessory for the CORE 2! No release date has been announced yet for the CORE 2, although it does “At Launch In August” in the press release, you can email [email protected] to be one of the first informed. However, it could have an August launch date and we have reached out to BodyMedia for clarification. We will update when we hear back. Overall, I am very excited about the CORE 2 and I am happy with all of the new features. I cannot wait to play around with the BodyMedia CORE 2 Armband! For more information check out the press release and gallery below! Stay Tuned To NJTechReviews For All Of The Latest News From The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show!
New BodyMedia CORE 2 Will Be Smallest Multi-Sensor Activity/Health Tracker, Delivering Clinically Proven Accuracy in a Fashion Package
Upgrades Will Include Interchangeable Jewelry-Like Faceplates and Straps with Heart Rate Sensor Option
Wearable body monitoring pioneer BodyMedia today announced the BodyMedia CORE 2, the next generation of the activity/health tracker armband used on The Biggest Loser®. Packing four sensors into a housing smaller than an iPod Nano, the CORE 2 will be the smallest wearable multi-sensor device of its kind as well as the first to offer a choice of interchangeable jewelry- like faceplates, straps and cuffs for a fashion look. It will also feature a new heart rate monitoring option; energy-saving Bluetooth® Smart Ready technology enabling live activity updates on your smartphone or tablet as well as longer battery life; and data-rich mobile and online apps that can help users make smart food, exercise and lifestyle-related health decisions every day.
A prototype of the CORE 2 monitor will be shown for the first time at Booth # 26711, South Hall at the 2013 International CES conference opening today in Las Vegas.
Smallest Multi-Sensor Monitor
Unlike almost all competitive products that use only one sensor to ‘read’ the body, BodyMedia’s monitors incorporate temperature, heat flux, galvanic skin response and 3-axis accelerometer sensors to get accurate measurements of calorie burn, exercise intensity and sleep patterns that affect weight as well as health. Those sensors capture over 5,000 data points per minute, but they take up space. New engineering will shrink the CORE 2 hardware to the size of a quarter for inconspicuous wear.
Fit for Fashionistas
At launch in August, the CORE 2 armband will come with a standard strap. Later this year, BodyMedia will release easy-change faceplates, straps and cuffs that turn the armband into a fashion accessory. Wearers will be able to personalize their CORE 2 to match their mood, clothing, activity or general style with a snap – literally.
Optional Heart Rate Monitoring
To keep the form factor small but offer heart rate monitoring for fitness purposes to those who want it, the CORE 2 will give consumers the option to purchase an accessory strap with an embedded heart rate sensor. Wearing the armband on a continuous basis will allow minute-by-minute capture of heart rate data, whether you’re watching TV or running a marathon. The data will be uploaded to BodyMedia’s mobile app and online Activity Manager, providing one-stop information access from a single interface. This also sets the stage for BodyMedia to add other applications such as diabetes or stress management to the same platform.
Bluetooth Smart Ready
Equipped with new Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, the CORE 2 will enable live updates of body monitoring data captured with the armband to BodyMedia’s mobile app on Smart Ready-enabled smartphones and tablets, eliminating the delays involved in computer upload. This real-time data will assist consumers in making smart on-the-go food and exercise decisions. In addition, the new Bluetooth technology uses less energy, so it will lengthen battery life on both the CORE 2 and mobile devices.
Mobile and Online Apps
The new armband will be part of a total body monitoring package that also includes a free mobile app, an online Activity Manager, and personalized feedback with the BodyMedia FIT coach – all self-help features developed for current BodyMedia products.
- The mobile app provides an up-to-the-minute breakdown of calories burned, calories consumed, calorie deficit or overage for the day. It also allows users to log food and create custom workouts wherever they are.
- The Activity Manager provides the same information and logging abilities, PLUS historical data and activity and dietary adjustment recommendations based on each user’s goals, actual calorie expenditure and food intake for the day.
- The FIT coach recommends activity and dietary adjustments based on each user’s actual calorie expenditure and food intake for the day (e.g. “Hop on the treadmill and walk for about 1 hour at a speed of 4 mph and you can hit your calorie burn goal today”).
BodyMedia body monitoring technology has been clinically validated for accuracy in physical activity and calorie burn measurements, and for the ability to improve weight loss up to three times over behavioral support alone. It is also the only system of its kind that is an FDA-registered medical device.
To be among the first to be informed when the BodyMedia CORE 2 is released, email [email protected].