NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Kickr and Kinomap Fitness
The setup is going to cost you a bit, but if you're looking for a home alternative to that gym membership you're paying for and not using, the Kickr by Wahoo Fitness might be worth a look.
For around $1,100, Kickr turns a bike into a Bluetooth-enabled stationary bike that allows you to ride at home while tracking your progress on a whole bunch of mobile apps.
Among these apps is Kinomap Fitness, a great way to help spice up your ride even if you're doing it every day from the same spot at home.
You choose from dozens, if not hundreds, of biking trips from around the world that have been either professionally uploaded or sent in from the Kinomap community.
Then, by sticking your phone or tablet onto the handlebars, you see what you would see if you were actually cycling through that particular city, town, or bike path.
In addition, the bike will automatically adjust the resistance to match when you're going uphill, downhill, or level.
Kinomap Fitness is a free app for iOS devices.
Fitness bands and clips that keep track of your steps and calories are a hot market now. The Misfit Shine is a new device coming out that hopes to compete by doing a few things differently from rivals like the UP band, Fuelband, or FitBit.
For starters, the Misfit Shine is all metal and clips to any part of your clothing. Plus, it measures not only your steps but can also track cycling and swimming, as it is waterproof.
The wow factor, however, comes when you sync the device. It doesn't use wires or even Bluetooth.
Developers won't say how it is done, but all you do is place the Shine onto your mobile device and all the data is transferred over, even in airplane mode.
The Misfit Shine will cost about $100 when it hits shelves mid-July and will, at least initially, be iOS only.