Now, there's a system for making boring sessions on the treadmill fly by, sticking your workout inside a video game. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
I’m all for anything that helps keeps my mind off of how out of breath and uncomfortable I am while working out, which is exactly what the Goji Play system does.
You place your iOS device up on a treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike, stick this workout monitor on your shirt or shorts, strap these game controllers on the handles of your machine—or on these batons if you’re on a treadmill—then simply launch one of 20-games into which you can get lost and forget about how hard you’re working out.
There are two types of games in there: exertion or diversion.
“Basically, your motion essentially drives the game play, so whether you are riding a bike; for example, in Spin or Die if you don’t ride fast enough or avoid the obstacles, you get run over. The diversions, for example, the brain games we will actually ask you to really sometimes process and do some simple math in order to get through the game play. Basically, we try to make your 20-minute workout seem like five," says Coleman Fung.
The Goji Play system costs $100 and of the 20 games it works with, 17 are free.
Sticking with hardware that helps enhance your apps, next are iRig Voice microphones.
The high-end music device manufacturer has decided with this one to target entry-level musicians by offering a mic that hooks into your mobile device to give you higher quality sound in any app that requires use of a microphone—from karaoke apps to simple voice recording apps.
The app designed to go along with it is the free EZ Voice which has plenty of recording and karaoke capabilities built in, including several effects you can tinker with, though they will cost you a few dollars through in app purchases.
Again, since this one is aimed at novice musicians, the price and five different colors, reflect that; it comes in yellow, green, blue, pink, and white and costs just about $40.