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Developing Smart Fitness Consoles for Exercise Equipment

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Developing Smart Fitness Consoles for Exercise Equipment

Cardio equipment vendors can satisfy demanding consumer expectations with a turnkey smart fitness console platform from Advantech with Intel® technology and Android* OS support through Wind River.

Staying Connected During Workouts
Whether at health clubs or in their homes, people spend significant amounts of time on treadmills, exercise bikes, and cross trainers to reach their health and fitness goals. During workouts, the equipment’s console plays an important role because it tracks progress, displays vitals, and entertains. But in an always-connected world, this is no longer enough. Consumers expect a more integrated partner that enables them to watch what they want when they want, answer phone calls and text messages, sync biometric data, post results on social media, and compete with others. The console should seamlessly connect their mobile devices and allow users to multi-task by performing multiple functions at the same time.

Consumer expectations around fitness consoles are shaped by the rich experiences delivered by the latest tablets and smart phones. In fact, 76 percent of club members bring a mobile device with them to the gym. Facing a high hurdle, cardio equipment vendors must design-in fitness consoles that provide high quality video and audio, connectivity to mobile devices, and easily integrate the applications consumers demand for their connected life.

For fitness console manufacturers, quickly delivering all this capability in a cost-effective solution presents a major challenge. The console needs a high-quality touch screen, TV tuner, and associated drivers to deliver high-definition (HD) video, as well as connect wirelessly to Bluetooth* devices. Consumers want to access the Internet for social media, entertainment content, or training programs, requiring Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity. They would also like consoles to seamlessly communicate with their wearable fitness devices, like heart rate monitors or GPS devices. Many of these devices require Android support to run their applications.

Read the full Developing Smart Fitness Consoles for Exercise Equipment Solution Brief.

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