Royal Philips Electronics today launched its Activa portable audio player at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010.
With a focus on motivating people to improve their fitness, the Philips Activa is the latest innovation in the company's family of solutions to help people lead healthier, more active lifestyles. In addition to the Activa, Philips also announced that its DirectLife daily activity monitor and personal coaching will be launched in key European markets in early 2010.
Earlier today we reported about the new Samsung myFit MP3 Player aiming to deliver the same fitness and portable music experience.
Activa helps motivate people to work out more frequently and intensely by providing real-time vocal feedback on their performance, and music that automatically adjusts in tempo to match their pace. When people increase their speed, faster music from the music library is selected. Slow down, and Philips Activa offers words of encouragement. Featuring a sleek exterior designed to offer durability and style, the Philips
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TempoMusic is proprietary software developed by Philips and built into Activa that automatically matches music to a user's workout pace. It starts by analyzing the user's music library, storing a detailed set of characteristics for each song, including several related to tempo, to help choose motivating songs for working out. The software also asks users to identify a song that inspires them to work harder and also reflects the type of music they like. By combining these features, TempoMusic is able to choose songs for uploading that are similar to this selected song, ensuring that each user has a library of performance-inspiring workout music that matches their own unique preferences.
The Activa difference: Features for getting the most out of your workout:
- A set of pre-loaded songs ensures that Activa can be used for a workout right out of the box
- TempoMusic matches music with workout pace
- Audio feedback means that users don't have to break their stride to see how they are doing
- Progress monitoring lets users track performance against goals and beat previous records
- Works in conjunction with Philips Songbird, providing workout result and access to a user's entire music library by syncing seamlessly with their computer
- Designed for sport: sport headphones with ear hooks, clip-on design, protective pouch, cable clip management
Activa will be available worldwide in April 2010 at a suggested retail price of $129.99.
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