Wello, a new iPhone case by technology and science company Azoi, aims at providing an easy way to monitor vital signs with sensors embedded directly in the accessory. As first reported by GigaOM, Wello will become available this F…
Are fitness devices about to be like buses? A nice device, not an unreasonable price, and out in the autumn. Can’t be used while riding a bike though…
The iWatch for cycling
I stopped wearing a watch a few years ago when the strap broke on my irreplaceable Spoon watch. I really loved that watch, it had 50’s Astronaut styling, needed a button press to show the time but had a fragile rubber strap.
I did try an iPod nano for a while, but again, the strap didn’t last very long.
So, I’ve clearly got none of the reservations most people have about strapping a hulking great lump to my wrist and should have been interested in a smart watch, I suppose. But wasn’t in the slightest.
I’ve got used to pulling my phone out my pocket to tell the time and check a message so glancing at my wrist and pressing a button seems about the same.
But then someone mentioned a heart rate monitor. And apps.
And suddenly a Strava enabled cycling computer attached to my wrist with personal heart rate data and voice call handling when I’m out on a ride seems like the most genius idea ever.
Even if the app is just a cut down display for Strava or passes on heart rate info, that would be quite exceptional. If it could measure blood sugar levels and prompt you to refuel before you bonked, that would be awesome.
And since cyclists love science and data and statistics, it could bring many cyclists over to using Apple if no one else is doing this.
I’ve read that the blood sugar level sensors are still very hard to do though and not expected in a version 1.0. I’d guess they would work on some optical or capacitive sensing rather than sticking in a needle, but it’s all a bit out there at the moment.
Even a heart rate monitor would be a huge deal, as most people wouldn’t get one in isolation. I know very few people who’ve ever used one, but if it was part of a more general purpose device, then the barrier to entry would be lessened.
Upgrading to Strava premium would probably be mandatory too, so the benefits to them could be substantial.
As a pedometer and (sorry, I’m going to say it) “life coach” that can advise on what and when you eat, how you sleep and when and how you you exercise the training benefits for more serious cyclists are pretty clear. But if average people with no normal inclination to training could get that sort of advice as a byproduct too, there may be a bit of a revolution in health and wellbeing coming soon too.
Suddenly I’m very keen on the idea.
First commute of the year/new house
That was fun. My first commute from this part of the world aided and abetted by a 25 mph tailwind, fog and more high viz than you could shake a stick at.
If you thought the sun was rising in the west today, that was just me…
I’d have cycled back but this 50 mph headwind put me off. And my new lights hadn’t arrived in time because I need 1500 lumens just in case.
But they did today, so no excuses for the full 50 round trip next week then.
Everything you need to know in one handy place.
A supercar for going fishing…