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Pact app pays you to exercise and eat right

Need a little extra incentive to stick to your New Year's resolution? You know, the one about eating less and exercising more?

Perhaps you've heard of GymPact, an app that rewards you for hitting the gym on a regular basis and charges you a fee if you don't. Just in time for the new year, GymPact is now Pact, and it now applies its payment/penalty system to dietary goals as well.

The app (Android|iOS) offers three different kinds of "pacts": food, gym, and veggie. The food pact requires you to log your daily … Read more

Staying healthy with technology

Hundreds of thousands of people make resolutions to start the new year off right. Given today's society, which puts a lot of emphasis on appearance and self-image, the most popular resolution deals with losing weight or living a healthier lifestyle. Every January the treadmills and ellipticals are filled with eager gym-goers. Like clockwork, however, after a couple of weeks the gym returns to its normal state of isolation.

Resolutions are hard to keep (I didn't maintain any of mine from last year) and living a healthy lifestyle is even harder. With the demands of work, raising a family, … Read more

Tech to keep your resolutions on track

CNET Update is making goals:

In this special edition of CNET Update, learn how technology can help with your New Year's resolutions.

- Need an extra push to get fit? Wear a fitness-tracking bracelet like the Fitbit Flex or Fitbit Force for a constant reminder to stay active.

- Turn gym time into game time with the Goji Play and an iPad.

- Workout at home with personalized videos on the FitStar app.

- Keep things tidy with the Neato XV Signature Pro robot vacuum cleaner. And stay on top of household chores with reminders and tips on the … Read more

Training with the Adidas MiCoach Smart Run

Adidas is the latest company to throw its hat into the ring of wearable devices. Unlike recent products from Samsung, Fitbit, and Nike, however, Adidas didn't create a smartwatch per se. Despite being powered by Android, the company's MiCoach Smart Run doesn't have access to apps and games, and it can't receive notifications from your phone. Instead, Adidas has created a standalone fitness tracker with an assortment of sensors and impressive features.

The heavily skinned version of Android is displayed on a 1.45-inch 184x184-pixel resolution color touchscreen. A 410mAh lithium ion battery delivers up to … Read more

Wearable tech at CES 2014: Expect the unexpected

Wearable tech often feels like either a wide-open horse race or the Star Wars cantina of consumer electronics, and at January's CES in Las Vegas things should get a whole lot crazier. After a year in 2013 where tons of gadgets emerged but none dominated, expect a lot more players into a multifaceted landscape that's still not all that well-defined.

What is wearable tech, for instance? We give it that name because these gadgets are generally small and body-worn: watches, wristbands, clip-on devices, or glasses. They have sensors and possibly screens. They connect with other devices, or phones, … Read more

Smart socks give runners data most fitness trackers don't

We live in an age of smart. We talk on smartphones, ride smart bikes, chill beer in smart refrigerators. And soon we'll be wearing smart socks. At least that's what Redmond, Wash., startup Heapsylon hopes.

"The vision for the company is that the garment, whatever we wear, is going to eventually turn into a computer," Heapsylon CEO David Vigano said. Heapsylon is incorporating the sensors it's developed into various textiles for its Sensoria product line which will include T-shirts, sports bras, and socks.

Why socks? "Our feet are constantly under pressure," Vigano said, &… Read more

Hapifork revisited: Bluetooth vibrating smart fork aims to coach you back to health

Remember the Hapifork? Back in January, it was one of the more notable -- and offbeat -- products to be introduced at CES 2013. The little vibrating fork, which aimed to help you control your eating by measuring the time between bites, ended up on a lot of TV shows and news blurbs. But where did it go? At last, as 2013 comes to a close, we have one here at CNET to try out.

Hapifork, which launched on Kickstarter earlier this year and now is available exclusively at Brookstone, is, well...a vibrating Bluetooth fork. And it's an … Read more

AppScript wants to help docs find, prescribe best health apps

With tens of thousands of health-related apps on the market, and hundreds more popping up every day, consumers and health care providers alike are stuck with the monumental task of finding the best ones for their needs.

A new mobile health platform, released this week, has done the hard work for doctors, by classifying and evaluating more than 40,000 health-related apps on the iOS and Android platforms.

Developed by IMS Health, AppScript reviews each app's functionality, certifications, relevance, and peer and patient reviews. Physicians can then organize these apps based on the types of patients they see and … Read more

Goji Play turns gyms into arcades

Who says video games can’t be good for you? Start up Blue Goji firmly believes that’s hogwash. Founded by the ingenious people behind Guitar Hero, the company has focused its acknowledged game creation talents on the world of fitness and personal health. Called Goji Play, Blue Goji’s $99 product strives to remove the drudgery from gym workouts through interactive arcade action linked to real-time physical movement.

So what does this really mean? Essentially Goji Play is a mobile gaming system which attaches to common gym equipment, specifically treadmills, bikes, and elliptical machines. The setup then lets you … Read more

MyFitnessPal keeps your diet in check

MyFitnessPal has risen through the ranks of diet services to become a major player in the weight loss world. Its part-coach, part-diet-journal approach helps anyone find, evaluate, and alter their eating and exercise habits, for free.

The MyFitnessPal app for Windows Phone recently underwent a few changes, adding new features that make it faster and more motivating.

Getting started To get started, you need a MyFitnessPal account, which you can sign up for when you first launch the app using either your Facebook log-in or an e-mail and password combo. Next, you fill out a questionnaire with your height, current … Read more