The Future of Fitness in the Internet of Things

FitnessImagine an exercise bike that seamlessly connects to your smartphone to record your heart rate and performance, and measure your workouts over time. How about taking it a step further and automatically sharing your results on social media and competing with friends online. I’m not sure I would ever take it that far but I know people who surely would!

The tech community is responding to demand in the fitness industry for platforms that support a connected lifestyle. Fitness consoles are a great example of the Internet of Things (IoT) in action – providing seamless access to entertainment, social media, training apps and more on the go.

Like many industries, the fitness console market is shifting away from custom hardware development toward doing more on software. Advantech, Intel and Wind River recently teamed up to deliver a standard, turn-key platform that offers advanced performance, low power, robust connectivity and Android* OS support. Powered by a high-performance Intel® Celeron® processor, the new fitness console comes with features for always-connected world, including:

  • Enhanced TV tuner support
  • Support for Microsoft*, Windows* and Android OS
  • High-performance media and graphics processing
  • Responsive touch, fast boot and multi-window functionality
  • Intel® HD Graphics 4000 turbo capability
  • Hardware-based Intel® Virtualization Technology

The console was on display at this year’s International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) conference last week. Lean more about this very cool next-generation fitness console and keep an eye out for it at a gym near you!