Forget the stereotype of the gadget-loving couch potato. These innovations can help you stay trim, monitor your fitness and even save your life.
The Wii Fit's concept is a canny one: take the ready market of gamers and TV addicts and show them they can get fit and healthy – all without having to relinquish control of the remote or leave the comfort of their bedroom or lounge. And the gaming element – many of the activities are simply physically demanding versions of the racing, leaping and so on that gamers are used to – should appeal to leaderboard-climbing competitive types.
As we went to press, the Wii Fit was sold out in nearly every high street and online store.
But this is far from the only instance of gaming and technology being used in the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle. Fitness-conscious gadget lovers can choose from a range of devices designed to provide exercise tips and monitor heart rate and calorie consumption.
If you just need to be encouraged to stick to a healthy diet, there are plenty of online services and communities that can help. For example, Orange e-Diet and FitBug.com can both track your daily calorie intake.
But the marriage between health and technology isn't as new as you might think. For years, tech giants such as Intel, Microsoft and Philips have been creating devices that can increase efficiency in the medical fields.
Whether it's rugged laptops that help doctors in remote third-world locations or webcams that let you monitor whether distant relatives have taken their daily medication, technology and health go hand in hand.
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