How Many Calories Did You Burn Today? Nike's New FuelBand Shows You

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How Many Calories Did You Burn Today?  Nike's New FuelBand Shows You
Nike FuelBand
Are you a fitness-crazy gym rat obsessed with feeling the burn? Or perhaps a Krispy Kreme-loving sloth perennially parked on the sofa? Either person may benefit from the new Nike+ FuelBand, a $149 wristband that diligently tracks your body's activity, including running, dancing, skating, spelunking, and so on.

The Nike + FuelBand has a three-axis accelerometer that measures your movements and displays four metrics: calories, steps, time, and "NikeFuel," a composite measure of your physical activity based on oxygen kinetics, the company says.

Here's how FuelBand works:

The Nike + FuelBand syncs with the Nike+ website via a built-in USB connector, or wirelessly through Bluetooth. Apple iPhone users can download a free Nike app that tracks their daily athletic activity.

Nike's new wristband isn't the first athlete-monitoring gadget on the market. The company's own Nike+ iPod, a $19 training sensor that works with an iPod nano, measures time, distance, pace, and calories.

Adidas' miCoach training devices also track movement and cardio data, as does Garmin's $200 Forerunner 305.

The water-resistant Nike+ FuelBand has a battery life of approximately four days, the company says. It's now available for preorder.

This story, "How Many Calories Did You Burn Today? Nike's New FuelBand Shows You" was originally published by PCWorld.

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