Pedometers for Overweight Dogs
Why are researchers at the Atlantic Veterinary College
fitting overweight dogs with pedometers? Read
this CBC News online report to find out.
August 26th, 2006
Pedometer "Fails to Count Steps"
The headline on this News
Target.com report says it all:
Review: Oregon Scientific Digital Pedometer PE826 fails to actually count
August 26th, 2006
New from Garmin - the Foot Pod
Garmin International has announced the
an accessory to the
Forerunner 305 GPS personal training device. It is for indoor use, when
GPS systems do not work.
According to the company:
The shoe-mounted device wirelessly communicates with the wrist-worn
Forerunner 305 to provide accurate distance and speed while training on
treadmills or indoor tracks.
...Once the accessory is turned on, the Forerunner 305 recognizes its
wireless signal and asks if the user wishes to train using the Foot Pod
instead of with the Forerunnerís built-in GPS. Once confirmed, the
Forerunner 305 deactivates the GPS and the Foot Pod begins measuring the
workout. The Foot Pod communicates to the wrist unit using Dynastreamís ANT
+Sport wireless technology, a commonly available platform for connectivity
and interoperability between sports accessories and equipment
The Foot Pod uses a pair of accelerometers to measure each stride to provide
a runnerís speed and distance information. The unit features a simple and
secure lace-mounted attachment, and runs on a single AAA battery (70 hours
typical use). The Foot Pod is 97% accurate out of the box and 99% when
calibrated, and it can be worn in tandem with the Forerunner 305ís wireless
heart rate monitor.
Sales are scheduled for October, at a recommended retail price of $99.99.
August 11th, 2006
it was the
cell phone equipped with a breathalyzer. Now comes a watch with a
breathalyzer attachment, from
A&A Product Company
in Hong Kong.
When you are plastered into an oblivion time doesn't really matter, does
it? So put your wristwatch to another use by determining precisely how
sloshed you are....It will be available later this month for around $100.
August 10th, 2006
Is Your Pedometer Accurate?
The State newspaper in South
Inaccuracies often result because meters are too sensitive, so they
record activities such as fidgeting, twisting or bending. Where you wear a
pedometer ó at your waist in line with the front or back of your thigh or at
the side of your body ó also could affect the pedometer reading.
One study from University of Tennessee found that placement caused
significant underestimates only at lower speeds, although wearing the
pedometer at the front of the waist in line with the thigh resulted in the
Some pedometers give inaccurate readings because they can be reset
unintentionally if no cover protects the zero button.
Cheap pedometers also shouldnít be relied on to measure variables such as
distance or energy expenditure.
August 9th, 2006
Thermofocus No-Contact Thermometer
written before about the Thermofocus no-contact thermometer, developed
by an Italian company. American Scientific Resources has
announced in a press release that the thermometer is now available in
the US via its Kidz-Med website.
According to the company:
The Thermofocus will be the newest product in the Kidz-Med line of
children's health and safety devices. The thermometer has patented infrared
technology that allows a temperature to be taken without touching or waking
a patient or sleeping baby. The device is totally non-invasive and takes a
temporal artery temperature at the forehead, which is a preferred site
because of its source of blood flow directly from the head. The Thermofocus
is accurate, immediate, and hygienic because it never touches the body.
August 4th, 2006
Garmin in the News
Garmin, which makes the Edge and Forerunner personal training devices, is in
the news a heck of a lot lately.
AP reports that:
...the number of GPS devices sold worldwide -- including personal
navigation units and applications built into cell phones and handheld
computers -- will grow from 18 million last year to 88 million in 2010.
Garmin owns the U.S. title for personal navigation devices not built into
dashboards, with more than 50 percent of the market.
Wichita Eagle says the company will shortly open its first retail
And Motley Fool
In every quarter for the past year, Garmin (Nasdaq: GRMN) has not just
beaten, but creamed, the best estimates Wall Street analysts could throw at
it. Tomorrow, the GPS-meister gets a chance to work its
satellite-facilitated magic once again, as it comes time to report Q2 2006
August 2nd, 2006