For your valentine
Yes, it’s true, you can’t buy love, But these nifty gadgets can surely help you say “te quiero.” Whether your valentine likes keeping track of her athletic performance, training for a marathon, playing golf or showing off at the skate park, these latest accessories are hot.
Sportiiiis is a heads-up display and audio-feedback system that attaches to sport eyewear and provides athletes with real-time visual feedback of performance data. The compact unit attaches to virtually any pair of glasses and is designed to work with ANT+ technology to guide users to pre-programmed zones for heart rate, speed, power, cadence and pace. This key visual feedback helps athletes reach their goals, shorten their race time and ultimately go faster. $199.99 at 4iiii.com.
fitRAIL exercise machine mount for iPad makes it easy to watch movies and TV shows, listen to music or read — even work-related stuff if you so desire — during workouts. A neoprene strap attaches to the top of the iPad to lock it into place; soft rubber feet prevent scratching workout machines; and its foldable design and travel pouch make it ideal for the gym bag. Available at Apple retail stores and scosche.com for $49.99.
Garmin Approach S1 is a sports watch and high-sensitivity GPS receiver that allows golfers to track distance information at the front, back and middle of greens for 18,000+ pre-loaded U.S., Canadian and other international courses. You can measure individual shot distances, and the odometer feature tracks how far you walk on, or off, the course. Watch includes an alarm if you need help waking up in the morning! No downloads or subscriptions required. $249.99 at garmin.com/us.
Optrix HD Sport is designed for Evel Knievel types. It’s a case for the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch that allows users to mount the device securely to helmets or other sports equipment including bicycles, motorcycles and even skateboards, to take extreme sports video capture to the next level (and then share it with America’s Funniest Videos or post it on Youtube). The Optrix VideoPro app, released last month ($9.99 at Apple’s App Store), uses real-time sports telemetry to display and record lap time, GPS track map, speed, g-force diagram (so your friends know how hard you fell) and more. The Optrix HD Sport is $79.99 at optrixhd.com.
Wahoo Fitness Blue HR was released last month and is billed as the world’s first Bluetooth Smart heart-rate monitor. The device communicates wirelessly with the iPhone 4S and other Bluetooth Smart Ready devices, providing users with real-time heart-rate readings on their smartphone. And, one of the best features of Bluetooth Smart devices, it won’t drain the phone’s battery. $79.99 at wahoofitness.com.
Wahoo Run/Gym Pack takes it up a notch by wirelessly connecting to any ANT+ fitness measuring device, including heart monitors and foot pods. It’s compatible with over 100 of the top fitness apps in the market and transforms your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a complete fitness partner supplying heart rate, pace, distance, location, calories, your favorite playlist and more, all in real-time. The pack includes a soft heart rate strap and Wahoo Key, which plugs into the 30-pin connector and instantly links your Apple device to the most popular heart rate monitors and other ANT+ sensors. $129.99 at Best Buy.