Technology giant will debut its Apple Watch in early 2015. According to its website, the watch is “a health and fitness companion that never stops thinking of ways for you to be more active and fit.”
The new wearable technology acts as an all-day fitness tracker and a highly advanced sports watch. By using an accelerometer, it measures total body movement. A custom sensor can measure intensity by tracking heart rate. It uses a GPS and your iPhone’s Wi-Fi to track movement.
The Activity app provides a graphic of your daily activity, the Move ring shows the number of calories you’ve burned, the Exercise ring calculates how many minutes of brisk activity you’ve done, and the Stand ring shows how often you’ve stood up to take a break from sitting. The goal is to get users to sit less, move more, and exercise by completing each ring every day.
The Workout app provides more detailed measurements, if desired. For instance, it shows real-time stats such as time, distance, calories, and pace. You can set goals for each work out and get a summary of your achievements.
Karen Appold is a medical writer in Pennsylvania.