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Samsung Electronics Co. and German sportswear giant Adidas have teamed up for a new twist in training — a mobile phone that can coach.
This is a system, claimed to act as a personal trainer, designed to motivate and inspire you. It consists of five elements: the miCoach Samsung phone, a heart rate monitor, a stride sensor chip to fit all adidas running footwear, compatible adidas apparel and the miCoach website to create training programmes.
The miCoach phone, equipped with a stride sensor and heart rate monitor, provides a comprehensive on-the-go personal training system. The phone provides training tips and time updates, and encourages users with music tailored to the workout.
With one click, users can connect to the stride sensor and heart rate monitor and begin a workout that suits the user. A personal coach advises runners to “Speed up to power zone” or tells them that “15 minutes is completed”. Tapping the phone twice produces instant updates on the workout. The 2.0 inch LCD shows a real-time visual display of time, heart rate, distance, speed and calories burned.
The miCoach phone also delivers music to motivate athletes to exceed their limits. Users can arrange songs according to tempo or motivational value, enabling them to listen to exactly the right type of music that they want.
The phone, which comes with 1GB memory for storing songs to play when you’re out and about will also come with a 2 megapixel camera so you can record yourself as you cross the finish line.
The miCoach phone will be available in Germany and other European countries from mid-March.