Taking a look back at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas one of the biggest trends was fitness technology, which developers are hoping could change the way people stay fit. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
Technology may be a big part of the problem but it may also now be a big part of the solution. Yes, we probably sit around and stare at screens more than our parents and grandparents did but our tech devices are starting to use our devotion to them in order to make us more fit. Take the Technogym treadmill for example. It has an Android tablet built in so help you keep stats on your run, allows you to run different virtual routes in different locations around the world, plus, if Google Glass takes off when it hits shelves this year just swipe or talk to the glasses in order to control the treadmill.
"So you can basically start up your treadmill, increase speed, decrease incline, stop the exercise, and pull up all the different information from our Android screen such as your social networks, you training apps, your training data," says Enrico Manaresi of Technogym.
And if you can't get to the gym for one of those, the Tao Wellness devices is hoping you'll view it as a gym in your pocket. It helps you get a workout anywhere you are -- really anywhere -- training you via isometrics, those exercises where you push against yourself.
"You choose an exercise, we have all different kinds you can do it behind your neck, behind your leg and it adjusts with you so as you get stronger it'll give you more pressure," says Nicholas Torres of Tao Wellness.
Two new types of high tech tennis rackets were also on display at the year's CES. Sony has a Tennis Sensor that attaches to a racket to measure swing speed and ball strikes while the Babolat Play tracks your swings, analyzes your swings and also allows you to compete with your friends even if they're not on the same court with you.
"It can tell you how many backhand, forehand, smash, serves, what was the speed of your swing and for each what is the ball impact location in the swing bed, you are also able to compare yourself with your friends or with pro players," explains Pierre Mace of Babolat.
Unlike other racket sensors, including Sony's, Babolat says this one is the only with sensors built into the handle in order to give the racket a more natural feel.