Athos: Computers should be in your workout wear, not just your pockets

This workout gear from Athos is designed to track muscle activity, heart rate, balance, cadence, and more.

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Most of us have a vision in our heads of the ideal version of ourselves — fit, smart, sexy, and, if we’re honest, probably air-brushed. The company Athos wants to help you feel like you are working toward achieving at least the first part of that vision with workout gear that, thanks to embedded muscle-tracking sensors, can monitor many aspects of your workout with extreme — and yes, expensive — precision.

The shirt and pants will each set you back $ 99.

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Now available for preorder with a target ship date of summer 2014, the sensorized tops and bottoms that range in size from extra small to extra large are $ 99 each; the Core wearable module, which gathers the data and shoots it wirelessly to the smartphone app, will set you back $ 199.

But co-founders Dhananja Jayalath and Christopher Wiebe — both electrical engineers who went to the University of Waterloo in Canada — are banking on this being an affordable alternative to the personal trainer, who is ultimately a data collector as well. Personal trainers are “not just being prescriptive,” Jayalath … [Read more]

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Soft-porn TV star refuses to wear electronic tag, says career-threatening

Dalzell's self-presentation on Twitter.

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I have never presented a pornographic show on television, but I imagine it’s quite stressful.

The normal scrutiny afforded TV personalities is surely doubled when your show has carnality at its core.

It is, then, understandable why a 19-year-old adult TV presenter, Sophie Dalzell, was mortified on being told by a judge that she must wear an electronic tag on her ankle.

“You can’t do that to me!” she cried. “No one can do that to me!”

Actually, I did make that whole quote up. What transpired in reality was that she refused to wear the tag and had to go back to court.

As the Daily Mail reports, she had previously been found guilty of criminal damage upon the driver of a BMW (and his car) and had been remiss in carrying out her community service order.

So a security firm came to her house to fit her with the tag, which she was to wear for 8 weeks.

Dalzell, from Manchester, England, insisted that she couldn’t possibly allow this, as it would ruin her looks. She would, so surely, be fired from a job that requires perfection at all times.

You will wish to apply… [Read more]

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