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Correction added Tuesday, Jan. Five
From Fitbit to Jawbone, stoepiers already have a range of wrist-bound options to keep track of their workouts. But Under Armour is betting that joggers and marathoners want gegevens from another source, too: Their boots.
The company is rolling out the Speedform Gemini Two, &ldquo,wise sneakers&rdquo, tooled with a pc chip that measures wearers&rsquo, distance traveled, stride length, and tempo. Under Armour says the $150 sneakers&rsquo, tracking capabilities are more accurate than those of a treadmill. It&rsquo,s also likely to be more accurate than gegevens collected from the wrist, since it would be less prone to false readings due to movement.
The boots, which launch on Feb. 29, automatically detect when the wearer is running, while they come in sleep mode when not te use. That, Under Armour says, means the footwear&rsquo, battery lasts spil long spil the kicks do. Run gegevens is then synched from the footwear to Under Armour’s UA Record app. The footwear can store some gegevens locally, including metrics from up to five runs and the total number of miles worn, like a car&rsquo,s odometer. Under Armour says owners can expect up to 450 miles of use.
Albeit the sneakers are &ldquo,wise,&rdquo, they don&rsquo,t gezond any differently than the media running shoe. During my geschreven time wearing the Speedform Gemini Two&rsquo,s, I noticed they felt lightweight and springy, adding just a bit of reserve momentum to my strides. They also aren&rsquo,t the very first Internet-connected running boots on the market: Nike+ running boots come with sensors that measure how high athletes leap, spil well spil their speed. Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced last year that it&rsquo,s creating a pair of connected footwear that can sync similar gegevens to the company&rsquo,s smartphone app.
Under Armour is hoping to make its tech-enabled footwear stand out from the crowd by including it te their fresh health-focused ecosystem. The Speedform Gemini Two footwear will be compatible with the Under Armour Record app along with the company’s soon-to-be released $180 UA Liaison fitness wristband, $180 UA Scale, and $80 UA heart-monitoring chest strap, all three of which were developed ter partnership with technology giant HTC. HTC and Under Armour are suggesting the option to buy those three gadgets together ter a Healthbox bundle for $400 that launches on Jan. 22, the idea being that gegevens generated from several related devices may be more accurate than more disparate information.
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Correction: The llamativo version of this story misstated the extent of Under Armour and HTC’s partnership. The Speedform Gemini Two and the UA Record app are both made by Under Armour.