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Moov is the activity tracker that also coaches your activities

Susie Ochs | March 7, 2014
Your activity tracker can count your steps, and your phone's GPS can tell you how far your run was, but can either of them help correct your form to reduce the risk of an injury? No, but Moov can. It can also coach you through biking workouts, count how many laps you swim, and lead you through a fun cardio boxing routine, giving you real-time feedback on your punches' speed and form.

The workout is a lot of fun, similar to an Xbox Fitness gamified exercise program. But since Xbox's Kinect tracks your form with cameras, you need to have enough room for the camera to see your whole body. Moov's wearable sensor doesn't care how closet-sized your room is, and you can do the workout almost anywhere. At the end of the 30-minute workout, the app tells you how many "perfect punches" you had, so you have a metric to improve on next time.

Moov's founders, Nikola Hu and Meng Li, started working with sensors eight years ago while working for Microsoft. They've been developing Moov for more than a year, with the help of elite athletes, personal trainers, and even biomechanics researchers at Harvard. They plan to release an SDK for developers to write more apps that use the Moov sensor, and additional first-party apps will come along too — golf and yoga are the next ones that are planned.

Moov is taking preorders now, at a price of $60 per sensor, or $100 for a pair. Once the product ships this summer, those prices will double. We'll have a full review when we can strap on the final hardware.

 

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