3 New Fitness Apps For the New Year
Yoogaia bills itself as the world’s first live online yoga studio. What does that mean? Well, it’s a bit like a Skype conference call with a personal yoga instructor. You can hook into live classes and the instructors will see you over your webcam, allowing them to correct your poses and offer personalized feedback. On top of live classes, there are also loads of recorded sessions so you can practise what you need to perfect. Instructors teach from all over the world, including right here in Hong Kong—so there’s a good chance you’ll find a time slot that works for you. Classes start at $110/month for a six-month commitment, or $170 if you want to take it month by month. Interested? There’s a 7-day free trial so you can get the hang of all those long-distance sun salutations.
Like hiking? Hate rubbish, construction and the encroaching influence of construction on our country parks? Sounds like the TrailWatch app is the one for you. It allows you to search for trails, plan the perfect walk, track your hikes in real-time and see routes generated by the app’s users. But there’s even more than that: TrailWatch aims to be a conservation app as well. Users are encouraged to look after the environment as they hike, by recording and reporting any incidents of eco-vandalism they encounter from inside the app.
Hong Kong-developed app MoooFit aims to get you healthy and help the world at the same time. The app is a database of fitness events around town: The idea is that the app becomes a social platform for people interested in the same kinds of sports, and also a charitable one. Sign up for and complete an activity, and the app records it. You’re able to convert calories burned into shopping vouchers for yourself and donations to Hong Kong charities. What better incentive to lace up those running shoes?
Forget the health kick, here’s something way more nerdy interesting: The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas is the year’s biggest gadget trade show, and this year my personal highlight was Guangzhou-based drone maker Ehang, which introduced the Ehang 184 AAV. “AAV” stands for “Autonomous Aerial Vehicle”—or in other words, PERSONAL DRONE HELICOPTER. Ehang says this one-man drone will hit 100kph and there’s no piloting experience necessary. You just get in, tell the touchscreen where you want to go, and you’re up and away. This is so much cooler than jetpacks. That said, it’s early days yet: the Ehang 184’s battery life is just 23 minutes, which gives it an effective round-trip range of about 19km. That’s not much, but it’s enough for a quick beer run to 7-Eleven, at least. The other problem, aside from questionable legality: price. This one-man octo-copter will set you back between $1.5 and $2.3 million (!!!) when production starts in a couple of months. I’m looking forward to Li Ka-shing’s maiden flight.