03. 06. 2008
miCoach - cell phone and fitness coaching system from Adidas and Samsung
I have a girlfriend who will only hit the gym if she has an appointment with her trainer, or take a run if she has a partner. (And I have another girlfriend who's a gym rat but we're planning an intervention, so that's a different story.)
Girlfriend #1 needs the new Adidas miCoach system which is like having a coach or trainer constantly pushing you to new levels ("Come on, just one MORE MILE!").
Unlike the devices that collect data for your workout, miCoach claims to be the the first system that actually coaches by turning your data into a personal training plan based on your fitness level and goals ("LAZY BONES, speed it up!").
Created as a partnership between Samsung and Adidas, miCoach uses your cell phone as a personal trainer, the first "fully--featured, fully-reactive and adaptive personal trainer mobile phone." This means there are some unusual features such as a heart rate monitor, a pedometer which works by attaching a "foot pod" to your laces (or if you bought the matching runners, there's a spot specifically for it) and measures the distance you’ve travelled and how fast you’re going.
Meanwhile, since you inputted all your data, the domineering phone is supposedly motivating you by pushing you to your own personal fitness plan. Perfect for people who need a personal trainer or coach. Me? I would have trashed my phone after the first mile.
Scheduled to be released next month, there's no pricing information available yet.