Microsoft 'Kinect Play Fit' app could track Xbox exercise

Summary:A new update to Microsoft's Kinect software will collect and stores fitness metrics, allowing users to see how much exercise they're getting when they play Xbox 360.

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A new update to Microsoft's Kinect software will collect and store fitness metrics, allowing users to see how much exercise they're getting when they play Xbox 360. Accompanying the introduction of this exercise tracking system is a heart rate monitor called Joule: another way Microsoft aims to help people use video games to meet their fitness goals.

According to Tom Warren of The Verge, Microsoft plans to introduce Kinect Play Fit with a future dashboard update. The new feature will collect users' exercise statistics from a wide range of Kinect games (even those that are not directly related to sports or fitness) and store them in the cloud so they are available for review. Microsoft's Joule heart rate monitor will also function with most Kinect games, providing even more data for users trying to track their fitness progress.

Microsoft has yet to officially announce this new system, but some speculate that the company will do so at E3, the video game and conference show held in Los Angeles next month.

[via The Verge]

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