We're now several weeks into our half-marathon training, nearing the halfway point in distance. But besides a blinking LED light and a 1st generation iPod shuffle, we're pretty old school in our training gear tech. That doesn't mean we're not curious about the recent deluge of tech-oriented fitness feedback products like the Philips Activa MP3 Player.
New year's resolutions are big on a great many people's minds right now, specifically the goal of getting (back) into shape. So if a digital coach is what you need (though we recommend a real trainer, not everyone can afford one every training session), then these mp3 player/fitness feedback devices seem like a fairly good solution to eke out just one more step, run just a little bit faster, and stay within the range of exertion required to become more fit.
The Philips Activa MP3 Player is sort of a fitness-focused digital DJ, changing music and rhythm to match your exertion and occasionally amp up the beats to speed up your own physical tempo. Old school goths and showgazer fans may need to tweak their library, lest them find themselves walking more than running.