Taking some of the most popular fitness videos and turning them into an interactive subscription-based service, Xbox Fitness, Microsoft is taking a step further with their Kinect technology.
Since the technology has not proven to be the perfect find for shooter games, it looks like they are finding other ways to make good use of it. Xbox Fitness will use Kinect to measure your heartbeat rate, monitor muscles that are being engaged and measure the quality of your workout based on your tempo and balance.
According to Insanity’s Shaun T, a trainer: “the Kinect sensor can evaluate your form, tell how high you’re jumping, how hard you’re punching and even read your heart rate. It’s that little missing piece of validation that hasn’t been possible for home fitness products before.”
By recommending workout programs to you based on your physical state and past performance it is expected to push you forward towards getting in shape. This will be further aided by allowing you to challenge your friends on workouts.
Other than this, Microsoft has contracted with popular celebrities to perform as on screen trainers like Tony Horton (Beachbody’s P90X) and Shaun T (INSANITY), Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson and quite a few others.
Xbox Fitness will hit the markets this holiday season. Through your Xbox Live Gold Membership you will be able to access the service for free until the end of 2014 after which subscription charges will be added.
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