MOOV NOW Wearable Could Prove to Be More Than Just Another Fitness Gadget

The market is currently flooded with wearables, all with different features, sizes and things to try to improve your workout. MOOV is one of them and unlike most wearables, it does more than track your position and steps.

The first MOOV is said to have a feature that tracked your body movement, something that you don’t see in most gadgets nowadays. But although it can be strapped to your ankle, wrist and arm, it is the size of a watch and could prove to be uncomfortable at times.

The latest MOOV NOW is not only significantly smaller, but also has a battery pack that lasts six months. Also, compared to other fitness apps, it packs an accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer, helping in giving you a 3D tracking experience rather than a location and speed-based reading. This means that it can know if you are pushing yourself over your limit or not putting enough effort into it.

However, the wearable can prove to be more than just a fitness gadget. Its 3D tracking capability acts sort of like Microsoft’s Kinect and therefore can have a lot of potential in virtual environment movement tracking. In addition to the latter, the movement tracking capacity that it bears can also be associated with what Leap Motion technology wants to achieve. So, we can be looking at a wearable with multipurpose use and a huge battery life here.

The MOOV NOW is said to be up for grabs at a pre-order deal of $60, but if you want to get it at that price, you’ll have to hurry. The retail price is said to go up to $100 once it gets released this fall.

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Microsoft Releases RoomAlive Toolkit for Kinect

Microsoft recently released a special software framework that allows users to customize and link together a series of Kinect motion trackers in order to create unique interactive projection maps. Basically, this means that you can now create your own Star Wars hologram-based communicator and fire it up in your living room as long as you have the coding skills required to do so. The RoomAlive toolkit can be used to create anything from immersive games to art displays, but it is not exactly easy to use or set up. Actually, Microsoft promised to release multiple tutorials for its new software framework.

Ultimately, it all comes down to the user’s imagination and coding abilities, but the best part is that artistic possibilities seem endless with this technology. On the hardware side, you’ll need a Kinect (obviously) as well as a projector. Advanced users will probably want to go with a multi-projector setup, especially if they plan to use an entire room for their augmented reality projects. What would you create if you got your hands on this software? I’d probably go for a living room version of Whack-a-Mole.

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