AMIIGO FITNESS BRACELET REVIEW
Amiigo is a new, two-part tracking device that aims to recognize and track a wide variety of activities -- from running to cycling to yoga to weightlifting and more -- via a wearable motion-sensitive chip for your shoe and a motion sensitive band for your wrist. Added bonus: it measures heart rate, blood oxygen level, tracks sleep, and is fully waterproof. Arriving fall 2013.
The Amiigo is an ambitious new fitness tracking gadget set to hit the market in 2014. Why ambitious? Because it's aiming to track not just steps, but also a variety of physical activities, from elliptical to cycling to yoga and swimming -- and you can teach it to recognize new activities. Add to this sleep tracking, wireless charging, heart rate tracking, blood oxygen level tracking, and full waterproof construction, and you've got what looks like it could be a stand-out product.
And such sky-reaching ambition has brought them a long way: the company's indiegogo campaign to raise funding for the project has surpassed $580k, far beyond the initial project fundraising goal of $90k.
The Amiigo has an anticipated release date of early 2014. You can join the release notification waiting list and reserve a "spot in line" for the new product on the company's home page: http://www.amiigo.co/
Social sharing and competitive features will be built into the Amiigo's companion app, which will be available for iOS 6 (iPhone 4S and newer) and select Android devices. In terms of compatibility, as of April, 2014, Amiigo says:
What phones are compatible with Amiigo?
The Bluetooth low energy (BLE) -compatible software allows your data to sync to your mobile device so that your data is always up to date and ready to view. And the Amiigo ships with a wireless charging unit -- another plus if you've found that unruly wires have overrun your personal space.
The Amiigo band's simple and elegant plastic and stainless steel construction belies its suite of complex functions.
Because it hasn't reached the widespread hands of consumers yet, a full Amiigo review will be forthcoming. For now, enjoy browsing the specs below, and stay tuned for more!
LET'S BREAK IT DOWN
Features & Added Benefits
The Amiigo fitness bracelet packs a lot of sensors: multiple 3-axis accelerometers that track upper body and lower body motion, a pulse-oximeter, and a skin temperature sensor.
In addition to heart rate, blood oxygen level and skin temperature, the Amiigo tracks activity type and reps, overall activity level, sleep (they are promising a depth of sleep analysis that other trackers don't offer, but haven't provided more details at this point), and estimated calories burned.
Hardware & Wearing
Amiigo comes in three sizes to accomodate different wrist circumferences; each size can be further adjusted. The product is available in four colors. The band and shoe chip are waterproof. The device can be worn in the shower, in the rain, and while swimming.
Battery Life & Charging
The Amiigo comes with a wireless charging unit. A single charge lasts for up to 6 days.
Your data syncs to your mobile device via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) for on-the-go data that's always accurate.
Amiigo's companion app allows you to track your progress and view your historic activity. BLE compatible and available for iOS 6 and select Android devices (see the block quote above for Amiigo's latest update on device compatibility). The app will also include social and competitive features.
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