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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats 51

An anonymous reader writes Lenovo is the latest tech company to enter the fitness tracker market with its Smartband SW-B100 device. "It can record calories burnt, steps taken and a user's heartrate, in addition to syncing with a smartphone through an app to provide more complete health data. Users can also customize notifications and reminders on the smartband, and even use it to unlock a Windows PC without typing in the password, according to the product page."
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Lenovo Reveals Wearable Smartband To Track Exercise Stats

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  • by TWX ( 665546 )
    Isn't burnt reserved for use as an adjective, as in, "burnt offering", while burned would be the verb form?
    • Nope, burnt versus burned are passive voice versus past tense, which in the case of 90% of English words, are the same.

      • by TWX ( 665546 )
        Ah. I guess what I should have asked then, is what an article about an exercise product is doing on Slashdot...
        • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

          by i kan reed ( 749298 )

          Exercise products are an attempt to make exercise intellectually stimulating enough to engage helpless nerds, and others with short attention spans.

          • Exercise products (more like gimmicks) are designed to sell to anybody who will buy them. The thing does come with a watch, right?

        • Geeks are knowledgably.
          They know that exercise is hard, which is a problem.
          They know that technology can fix any problem.
          Ergo, with the right technology, exercising can be easy.
          Corollary – Knowledge is power, which is why bookshelves groan with diet books.

          • By definition, exercise will always be hard. If it were easy, there wouldn't be much gain from it as it wasn't taxing our bodies.

            Technology and science can make exercise more efficient by learning the most effective means for exercising and being able to accurately measure it. We might learn that following a 20 minute daily workout routine that satisfies certain conditions such as heart rate level, etc. is as effective as older routines that were an hour long and that we can use technology to help us avo
    • by tomhath ( 637240 )

      American English would usually use "burned" as the verb (measures calories that were burned) and "burnt" as the adjective (measures burnt calories). It the article's sentence it seems you could interpret it either way.

      British (and Americans who think it sounds more sophisticated) tend to use "burnt" as the verb.

  • A Chinese company making a product that can bypass security in Windows? Who would have thought...

  • by itzly ( 3699663 ) on Monday October 27, 2014 @11:12AM (#48240751)
    Unless you're a professional, these fitness devices only have a brief novelty value. Calories burned is cute, but if you want to lose weight, you just need to eat less. Instead of counting steps, you can just measure the distance travelled, or time spent exercising. And instead of looking at your heart rate, you can just judge how you feel. After a while, you know what kind of exercise level you can sustain for the next 30 or 60 minutes. And if you misjudge, and you go to fast, just slow down for the second half. Don't worry too much about staying in the exact "heart rate zone".
    • by Ericular ( 876826 ) on Monday October 27, 2014 @11:22AM (#48240847)

      My FitBit motivated me to be more active, and therefore didn't just have a brief novelty value for me. Instead of sitting around on my break at work, I'd take a brisk walk around the building. I'd park in the back of the lot. I'd take the stairs instead of the elevator, even if it was 6 flights up. All of these things I would never have done if I wasn't receiving immediate feedback from the FitBit, and seeing that I was burning more calories by making these small changes. Even an extra 100 calories burned per day adds up to a significant weight loss 365 days later.

      I've also found that I'm more likely to meet my calorie intake target for the day when I'm graphing calories in/out day-to-day in a spreadsheet. So I'd argue that these fitness devices can have a real value.

      • by itzly ( 3699663 )
        And how long have you been doing this ? Probably not too long, because after walking up the same 6 flights of stairs for a few times, you already know how many calories it takes, and how many steps it is without looking at the FitBit.

        Even an extra 100 calories burned per day adds up to a significant weight loss 365 days later.

        Unless you eat 100 extra calories because you think you can afford it. And 100 kcals is only a quarter of a donut.

        • by Lazere ( 2809091 ) on Monday October 27, 2014 @12:28PM (#48241517)

          Yep, totally not ignoring the last sentence of his post at all. But you're right, after a few time going up the same stairs, you know how many calories it takes. Here's the thing though, fitness is all about habit. If the FitBit is helping him to build new healthy habits through information, I'd call that a win. Wouldn't you? Perhaps he won't need it down the road, but that doesn't mean it's not useful now.

        • The point is that the FitBit does all of the calculation for me, and then I see affirmation in cold, hard numbers that my habits make a difference. I don't want to manually calculate every activity I do and then tally them at the end of the day. That's the whole point of the FitBit in the first place. I want to see that I burned 2,642 calories yesterday, and 2,884 calories today, determine what was different, and continue habits that make a difference.

          And yes, if my goal for a 500 calorie deficit, I coul

      • Does any of these wristbands have continuous heart rate monitoring without a chest strap? And does it actually work?

        I am a runner and have a love/hate relation with my Garmin GPS watch, because it's useful, but was expensive and is bug-ridden. And in contrast to the GP, I've come to believe that heart rate is KEY. Distance in itself doesn't tell you so much if there is significant variation in slope, elevation, surface type, and temperature. What really matters is effort times time, and heart rate mea

        • by itzly ( 3699663 )
          Sure you are right about effort times time, but you don't need to look at your heart rate to see the effort, if you can feel it. If I start running up a hill, and halfway up I'm out of breath I can tell that I'm going to fast and need to slow down. A heart rate monitor doesn't take into account other factors, like how tired your muscles are from the day before, or what you've eaten, or what else is on your mind. Exercising by effort does take all of that in account. When I went running, I didn't even take
          • There are a number of running training schedules and approaches that use fairly exact HR thresholds for various runs. The more serious you are with your training, the more likely these gadgets help. for example, one popular use is as a better gauge of recovery between intervals. instead of the old, walk half the distance or walk the same amt of time, using a HR monitor can tell you when recovered more accurately.
            here is a nice article from pete pfitzinger (famous as 2 time US marathon olympian and author

      • by Anonymous Coward

        THis is like when I was 191kg (about 420lbs) and started the final successful plunge to a healthy weight, I would weigh myself two or three times daily.

        Every bit of advice I ever got from people who were a reasonable weight told me this was a fucking stupid idea, and every time I'd tried losing weight before, I took that advice to a tee and either weighed weekly at the most, or left the scales alone entirely.

        For me, being that obese, for almost a year those numbers were the only benefit I saw from my effort

    • There's an entire industry geared toward selling useless fitness gear to the gullible. There's money to be made here no matter that they'll all be abandoned in three years.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Eat a little less pasta and little more greens. Nopal cactus will make you lose weight so fast, people will think you have AIDS

  • I bet your health insurance company would be thrilled to be able to track your fitness and raise your premium should you be less than ideally active.

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Monday October 27, 2014 @11:52AM (#48241165)

    >> even use it to unlock a Windows PC without typing in the password

    I don't need a wristband for that. :)

  • Just another way for people to voluntarily allow themselves to be tracked by governments and corporations and give up their very personal information.
  • Can it diagnose for Ebola? If everybody wears wearable gadgets, can we force-quarantine people based on the data from their devices?
    • Can it diagnose for Ebola? If everybody wears wearable gadgets, can we force-quarantine people based on the data from their devices?

      don't give anybody any ideas

  • Does anybody know whether or not it automatically monitors sleep quality.

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