Those looking to stay in shape or lose weight know the power of a good workout playlist when it comes to powering through that workout. And now there is a wearable that will make sure users are on track to reach their goals by using music as a tool to set the pace.
RUAWALK is a tiny, circular device that clips on to the user's sneaker that tracks their cadence, or the number of steps taken, to help them walk at the right speed to the beat of the music in order to reach their goals.
The device acts as a music guided controller for walking tempos alongside its accompanying app RUAMUSIC. The wearable users its machine learning algorithm to measure how fast the user is walking, and then plays music based on that speed.
And since users have different goals and are at different fitness levels, RUAWALK offers seven different walking programs. The programs range in intensity level, time (15 to 30 minute workouts), and include more than 30 different tracks at its launch.
The programs include "I'm On A Diet" workout that is tailored for women looking to shed a few pounds, "Mood Booster" to help clear the user's head, "Brain Walk" to get creative juices going, and "Power Commute," which transforms walks home into a fun exercise opportunity.
RUAWALK works by playing music that sets the pace throughout the entire workout based on its BPM (beats per minute). For example, the "I'm On A Diet" program will start with a song that only starts at about 100 BPM and by the time the user is warmed up, the next song will have 130 BPM, followed by intervals that range in music with 135 BPM and 140 BPM before cooling back down.
There are countless fitness trackers that monitor steps taken and calories burned, but this data is only beneficial after a workout is complete. RUAWALK is different because the device engages with the user during their workout.
Along with presenting custom playlists to get the user moving, it also acts as a personal trainer. The app has a virtual coach feature that encourages the user to pick up the speed when they are slacking, and acts as a guide so the user known when the slow down and speed up again during intervals.
The wearable itself is only 12 grams, making it extremely light, and lasts 3 to 5 days on a single charge.
RUAWALK comes in four different colors: Mint, Pink, Orange and Purple.
In order to bring this wearable to the masses, its creators launched a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise funding.
Those interested in the device can get it for the early bird price of $69. The Kickstarter already raised more than $10,000 of its $30,000 goal with 31 days to go.