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In the world of creativity, if you're not starting a fire, then what's the point? So, we've created a portal to celebrate the most revolutionary and thought-provoking ideas we're seeing in the world today. Some are ideas we've recognized from others and we're tipping our hats to, and others are ones we thought of (go figure). Either way you cut it, you won't find a dull moment here, and hopefully we've inspired you to start your own fire.
Fitbit, Atlas,Pulse O2, and the list goes on. Wearable technology is already playing an important role in our health and fitness. But, Lumafit is a new concept which tracks your body and mind. The device is a super soft ear sensor and has a secure fit to stay on during vigorous exercises. It works with a three-axis accelerometer that measures the intensity of your movements and head motion in real-time and can identify moves like push-ups, and changes with your heart rate to assess your stress level as well as arrhythmia.
Lumafit also provides the ability to sync with MapMyFitness and MyFitnessPal apps. And, when combined with an app called Bootcamp, it will help you create workouts and schedule meditation stations.
What Sparks Our Fire:A device that goes beyond step counting and monitors not only our exercise but also our well-being
Are you willing to give up your wrist-worn fitness band for a ear sensor?
Fitness bands are increasing in popularity. More and more people are using them to track wellness routines and sleep patterns. What stops people from getting these devices to assist their healthy lifestyle? Simply, their clunky nature. FitBit has solved this problem by introducing a new collection of designer jewelry in partnership with Tory Burch.
Tory Burch released multiple bracelets and a pendant to make the Fitbit a true fashion accessory. With a versatile design, you can wear it to an import meeting or even a cocktail party. This is the breakthrough many women have been waiting for in order to wear fitness devices like the Fitbit.
Fitbit is the first to partner with a designer. But, we can be sure to see other competitors make the same shift in the near future. Apple has already signed a few watch designers and when their assumed iWatch is released, everyone knows it will be fashion forward.
What Sparks our Fire: Seeing a crossover between fitness and fashion that makes a product accessible to more people.
What features are you looking for in fitness bands?
So you may have to wait on that iWatch for a while.
Apple seems to be focusing the efforts of its’ wearables on the fertile health and wellness markets. Over the past few years, Apple has hired health and wellness experts, and currently is seeking fitness app and hardware developers. In conjunction with reports that the new iPhone will support biometric readings, the next iteration of Apple products seem to be headed in a healthy direction. For instance, a design for a headphones embedded with biometric sensors was recently patented, and are able to track heart rate and body temperature.
Therefore, it only stands to reason that Apple is going to keep the iPhone as the center of it’s mobile universe and create gadgets and accessories that enhance and specialize the existing functions of the phone.
What Sparks Our Fire: No one needs a Google Glass yet, but everyone needs to enhance their iPhone. This may be the smartest strategy in the mobile gadget game.
What kind of fitness apps or tools would you like to see from Apple?
I really don’t want Apple to know how unhealthy I am, mostly because I don’t want to know. Also, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and I have been friends for far too long to ever stop seeing each other. However, according to recent reports, the iPhone of the future will be able to tell heart rate, blood pressure and glucose levels, all on the new iOS 8, nicknamed Okemo.
This news is on the tail of rumors of the iWatch, the wearable tech rumored to support Apple technology in a way akin to other fitness-based wrist pieces like Nike+ Fuelband SE and the Fitbit Force. It is rumored to sync with iPhone app, Healthbook, a new development in fitness bands, which has not yet made the leap to smartphones.
The 5S won’t have the ability to measure most of these vitals, but new software and hardware will roll out in the coming year that will show you just where those extra double quarter-pounders are going.
What Sparks Our Fire: First the mp3 player, then the cell phone. Apple may well be on its way to revolutionizing the health wristband as well.