If you do any amount of physical activity, chances are you’ve probably loaded up your smartphone with an application like RunKeeper. However, there is only so much a mobile device’s accelerometer can do.
This is where the Amiigo (funding through February 28) comes in. Like the Jawbone Up, the Amiigo is an rather attractive-looking bracelet designed to help users track their physical activity. But it’s much more ambitious, looking to track exercise type, reps, sets, duration, speed, and intensity. In addition, it’s also meant to monitor heart rates, blood oxygen levels, skin temperature, overall activity level, and calories burned. If it all works as advertised, the Amiigo is apparently capable of tracking and identifying more one hundred different activities, something that makes it a little bit of functional awesome and a step above the competition.
Does it get niftier? Apparently so. On top of being able to create and record your own activities, the Amiigo will have an open-source SDK and a shoe-clip that will let you monitor the movements of your lower half. Have I mentioned it’s waterproof, Bluetooth-enabled, and equipped with an iOS and Android of its own? Because it is. The company hopes to start shipping to backers in June at a base price of $99.
There are a million and one fitness-related paraphernalia out there right now, so I can’t help but feel an inkling of doubt. The developers certainly have the right pedigree (they’re straight out of MIT) but it looks like this is still a young, untested start-up. Nonetheless, it looks like they’ve got a plan and have already reached more than $82,000 on the way to the $90,000 goal. And if the Amiigo can deliver what it promises, this may turn out pretty darn sweet.