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CES 2014 - TAO Wellness Announces the TAO WellShell Exercise Tool That Whips You Into Shape With "Variobics(TM)"

Posted by Rob Rich on January 6th, 2014

It can sometimes be tough for people to make time for exercise. Maybe they work long days or have to spend too much time sitting at a desk. Perhaps there are other physical limitations that are preventing them from going for a jog or a bike ride. Well now there's TAO to consider as an alternative.

The TAO Wellness fitness program, along with the TAO WellShell, promote a brand of exercise know as Isometrics. Isometric exercises are basically the application of pressure at certain points of the body, for certain lengths of time, and at certain strengths, in order to improve circulation and tone muscles. The WellShell and Tao Wellness system work together to not only present you with Isometic exercises but to create an entire program for you to follow; complete with reps, coaching, and so on. "Variobics(TM)," they call it.

The WellShell will measure and track your progress, then give you the results through the TAO app (coming soon) and allow you to see how far you've come. What's so interesting about it is that the exercises are largely comprised of squeezing the device from various angles - all of which will work different groups of muscles - so there's nothing really holding you back from using it whenever you have a spare moment but can't manage any major physical activities such as running, pushups, and so on.

If you're headed to CES you can check out the TAO Wellness system and the WellShell January 7-10 at Booth #26712 in South Hall 2. If not, you'll have to wait a bit longer (and keep an eye on the website) to get your hands on it.

Running For Weight Loss PRO Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on November 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SUBSTANCE OVER STYLE
Looking rough around the edges, Running for Weight Loss PRO still offers plenty of handy functionality for those keen to start running.
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PUMATRAC Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: INSIGHTFUL
PUMATRAC not only provides runners with stats, it also motivates them with insights about conditions and behaviors that effect performance.
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Fitbit Force Announced - The Next Big Activity Monitor

Posted by Jeff Scott on October 10th, 2013

Today, Fitbit announced the Force, an evolution in their excellent line of activity monitors. The Force builds on their previous wristband monitor, the Flex. The Force adds an accelerometer and OLED display. This allows the Force to track the number of stairs climbed as well as provide better feedback right from the device on progress. When not in active use the Force can also function as a watch showing the time. A future update will also allow the Force to show incoming call alerts direct from an iPhone.

The Force will be out soon and is available now for pre-order.

Pocket Yoga Review

+ Universal & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch
By Jennifer Allen on October 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INFORMATIVE & CALMING
Find a few moments of peace and calm while learning to be more flexible, courtesy of Pocket Yoga.
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Fitlist Review

iPhone & Apple Watch App - Designed for iPhone and Apple Watch, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on October 2nd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLY CONVENIENT
Sick of using Notes or pen and paper to track workouts? Fitlist has simplified the entire process.
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Adrian Peterson Driven Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on September 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DETERMINED WORKOUTS
Driven is the right word for this tough fitness app, ideal for those who have already attained a certain level of strength and speed.
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Nexercise, and How COO Gregory Coleman Wants to Use the Tactics of Free-to-Play Games to Make People Healthier

Posted by Carter Dotson on September 3rd, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Nexercise, the app for tracking exercise among friends, has always been about gamifying the workout tracking experience. But for the recent 2.0 revamp, Nexercise has undergone major changes in order to make it more game-like, and to hopefully make its users more effective in getting out and exercising. With multiple rewards systems like Kiip and Pocket Change, President and COO Gregory Coleman hopes that his app can be a smashing success. I spoke with him recently about what his company is trying to do with Nexercise.

148Apps: With the major revamp to the app, what were your goals in changing and improving the experience?

Gregory Coleman (GC): We wanted to make the entire experience easier, more intuitive, and more elegant. We want new users to quickly figure out what to do and how to do it. We felt like some aspects of the old version created some confusion and friction points.

148Apps: Many of the new features resemble the kinds of rewards and tactics that a lot of free-to-play social games use. Was this intentional? And if not, did you do any further research into how they could help you out?

GC: This is intentional. The key to casual games is that they are quick to use, easy to learn, and fun to play. Our goal is to accomplish the same thing with Nexercise and we deliberately tried to tie into the same psychological components.

148Apps: Have you seen actual users taking advantage of the rewards and social features?

GC: Absolutely! According to surveys of our users and our own internal data, those are two of the most popular aspects of the app.

148Apps: How do you ensure that users don't try to cheat the system?

GC: If a user allows us to use the smartphone sensors to actually track the exercise session, we give them bonus points. This also allows us to do some pattern matching on the backend to validate the activity and reject cheating. As far as self-reporting, it is an honor system. However, our community tends to police itself and is pretty quick to call out cheaters.

148Apps: Do you encourage certain behavior patterns for users?

GC: Yes. Our mechanics are based heavily on the psychology of exercise. We reward behaviors that are scientifically proven to make people more successful in living an active life (exercising first thing in the morning or on Monday for example).

148Apps: What are your plans in the near future for the app?

GC: We're looking very heavily at integrations with the other tools that our users use. We currently integrate with the RunKeeper app and are evaluating what, if any, other tools we want to connect with.

Thanks to Gregory for his time.

Performance Stretching Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INFORMATIVE STRETCHING
Warming up and down correctly is as important as the exercise itself, Performance Stretching teaches users how to stretch properly.
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FIT FIX Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 27th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VARIED WORKOUTS
Covering cardio, strength training, and yoga all in one app, FIT FIX is a good all-rounder for fitness fans.
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Ninja Fitness 3D Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on August 6th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ADDED MOTIVATION
Offering a new way to be motivated to get fit, Ninja Fitness 3D is pretty cool.
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FitStar: Tony Gonzalez Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on July 23rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PERSONALIZED EXERCISE
FitStar: Tony Gonzalez offers a pretty great video-based workout for novices, at a price.
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This Week at 148Apps: July 1-5, 2013

Posted by Chris Kirby on July 8th, 2013

Expert App Reviews


Week-in and week-out, the 148Apps reviewers search through the new apps out there, find the good ones, and write about them in depth. The ones we love become Editor’s Choice, standing out above the many good apps and games with something just a little bit more to offer. Want to see what we've been up to this week? Take a look below for a sampling of our latest reviews. And if you want more, be sure to hit our Reviews Archive.


SuperBetter

A surprising amount of apps and games like to think that they can change one’s life. In reality, a select few can actually accomplish something that huge. Most of the remaining few might change small elements, such as providing encouragement for those trying to exercise more or give up a bad habit. SuperBetter is part of an even smaller group: it wants to change and improve everything about one’s life. A lofty ambition but one that I reckon it can accomplish, with the willingness of its users. One such glimpse into the importance of SuperBetter comes from this Ted video from game designer, Jane McGonigal, explaining just why the app can help so much. It’s fascinating stuff and ideal context. Essentially, SuperBetter is about turning life into a game. --Jennifer Allen


Layton Brothers Mystery Room

Oh, look, Layton Brothers Mystery Room. Sounds interesting. The name Layton has pretty much become synonymous with puzzle-solving brilliance. The Professor had a knack for solving most of the world’s problems with a little logic, and that talent has apparently been passed on to his progeny. Alfendi Layton, however, is not his father. Mysteries are still a key feature for this particular Layton’s adventures, however Alfendi and his new assistant Lucy Baker (Detective Constable) are out to solve murder mysteries. Two of which are available for free right from the start and seven more that can be purchased for an additional $5. The each case involves mulling over suspects, inspecting a recreated crime scene (because Alfendi is something of a shut-in), questioning suspects/witnesses, and piecing it all together until a solid accusation can be made. In fact, aside from the world and characters Layton Brothers Mystery Room actually bears little resemblance to earlier games in the series. --Rob Rich


Limbo

Limbo, the 2010 Xbox Live Arcade release that also made its way to other platforms, has finally come to mobile. For those who have not experienced this haunting puzzle-platformer, this is as good a time as any to jump in. Limbo is dark and mysterious, thanks in part to its silhouetted art style that renders most the world in black and white. There’s little guidance given, as players just kind of have to start running, and taking on the challenges that face them, from tricky jumps to finding ways to dispatch enemies, and avoiding traps. This is very much a horror game, as plenty of opportunities to scare the player are presented. Seriously, this game is nightmare-inducing. The deaths in the game aren’t particularly gory, but they are rather gruesome. That it’s a kid on the receiving end of most of the carnage is part of what makes it unsettling. That, and some of the things that are encountered in the world of Limbo. --Carter Dotson


Other 148Apps Network Sites

If you are looking for the best reviews of kids' apps and/or Android apps, just head right over to GiggleApps and AndroidRundown. Here are just some of the reviews these sites served up this week:

GiggleApps

Coolson's Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet

As some readers may have noticed, I do not personally review many word games. Very few word games gain my attention because I am terrible at these types of puzzles, finding them for the most part frustrating and demoralizing. Therefore, it is quite a compliment from me to have enjoyed reviewing Coolson’s Artisanal Chocolate Alphabet as it is a word game that has won me over with a charming narrative, wonderful sense of style and an abundance of whimsy that I have greatly enjoyed. --Amy Solomon

The Terrifying Building in Eyeville

The Terrifying Building in Eyeville is a thoughtfully written and wonderfully illustrated children’s storybook app. This is a very personal storybook developed by Joel Grondrup as his daughter was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the retina. The Terrifying Building in Eyeville is an allegory for this cancer as a small man named Kanser arrives in Eyetown after falling off the back of a truck during a rain storm. He knocks on the door of Mr. Nice and asks if he can start building onto Mr. Nice’s home as he is a traveling builder who looks for houses to build onto. --Amy Solomon


AndroidRundown

Space is Key

The best games, for me, are ones that are simple, easy to control and, more or less mildly infuriating. It’s why I pulled my hair, shedding years while playing Super Hexagon. It’s probably why I find Space is Key so intriguing. It mocks me. To my face. It’s evil. Space is Key is about as simple as they come. Looks-wise, it uses switching primary colors with opposing hues to highlight obstacles. The color changes do an interesting job of creating a psychedelic atmosphere reminiscent of Super Hexagon that doesn’t internet with the gameplay. --Tre Lawrence


Warmly

Warmly is an atypical productivity offering from The Chaos Collective that seemingly wants to make the descriptive term “alarm” a misnomer by changing the way we do alarms and wake patterns in the first place. The opening user interface is a clear cut celebration of simplicity, and hints at the design elements that govern the entire app. It gives a scroll-through window for setting the time (with an AM/PM toggle), and nine (9) big square buttons. After a scheduling check-off and an off and ok button, THAT’S IT. Laid against the soothing yellow backdrop, the relatively minimalist viewers are hard not to like. --Tre Lawrence

LandGrabbers

Nevosoft’s LandGrabbers is a fun hybrid game that is surprisingly dependent on strategy and quick thinking. The land that makes up this game is ably represented by effective graphics the encompass several mythical environments. In the first stage, the 3D graphics do a good job of giving life to the structures, and further down the line, the scenery becomes even more intricate; rolling hills, stone bridges and shrubbery all add up to cushion the action in a reasonable looking shell. --Tre Lawrence

Scientific 7-Minute Workout Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 20th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FAST PACED EXERCISE
Finding time to exercise can be tough, surely 7 minutes isn't much to ask though, right?
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Workout (7 Minute Body Fitness Exercise) Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on June 11th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: QUICKIE
Break a sweat in 7 minutes with this simple and elegant exercise app that doesn’t require any expensive equipment or sophisticated techniques.
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