The Internet of Useless Things, Part Four – Fitness

Posted By on January 5, 2016


Ok, it’s January in 2016. Sober months ahead, fitness routines, and trying to live a healthier life.

According to a Juniper Research report, the market for connected fitness devices will rise to six times its current amount by 2019.

The current market for connected fitness devices is estimated to be at $320 million. A report from Juniper Research (2015) estimates that, in the next few years, that number will multiply rapidly to $1.8 billion by 2019. That’s a huge market and there will surely be some ridiculous things coming out.

What ‘smart’ and connected gadgets can help us get ahead? In The Internet of Useless Things, Part Four – Fitness we look at some poorly thought through personal devices to help you get fit and we are sure looking forward to seeing the horrors unveiled at CES 2o16, that’s for sure.

Oxstren Smart Workout Gloves

World’s first Smart Workout Gloves; empowering improvement in workout forms. Smart dynamic coaching, exercise identification, complete fitness tracking and biometrics analysis in real time.

This voiceover kills me, and is probably the best thing about these gloves. No!

The Ultimate Sports Bra: OMbra by OMsignal

“Today you have to run”…and take your top off, and feel bad about yourself and have crushing self-doubt until you want to smash a hole in the gym wall with a medicine ball.

Sensoria Fitness Smart Sock Tracker

Edgy piano music and urgent talk mixed with shitty copywriting makes for a really compelling product.

The Tao Chair

The two chair is designed for ‘normal’ folks looking to increase their strength and burn some calories while watching the game.



Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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