Armchair Fitness?

by Ryan Halvorson on Feb 18, 2013

Making News

We all know that too many people sit for much too long—and by doing so endanger their health. German researchers may have a solution to get people moving.

They have designed an “intelligent” armchair equipped with sensors and monitors to gauge the health of the person sitting in it. Via Bluetooth® and WLAN, the sitter can view health vitals such as heart rate and blood pressure directly on a television screen. Data is collected over time, and if needed, a virtual health assistant appears on the TV and suggests an exercise program. The chair then transforms into a rowing machine—the armrests become “oars,” and a support emerges for the feet—and the sitter can begin to exercise.

“Here too the sensors record all of the values, and a health assistant lets the user know if any exercises are not executed correctly,” explained one of the researchers in a press release.

The chair is still in the approval stages.

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Ryan Halvorson

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Ryan Halvorson is the associate editor for IDEA Health & Fitness Association; a Performance Specialist at Bird Rock Fit in La Jolla, CA; a Master Instructor for Metabolic Effect and the creator of www...