The lights are on
Microsoft has announced a new service for Xbox One called Xbox Fitness. The feature will bring top exercise programs to the Xbox One, including P90X, Insanity, Jillian Michaels, and others.
The hook is that the fitness programs will use the Kinect sensor to measure heart rate, muscle use, and workout intensity. Furthermore, the program will use your past workout history to recommend the right program for you.
The Xbox Fitness Pass will be free through December 2014 with an Xbox Live Gold membership. No other pricing information is available yet.
[Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeThis might be the best case for Kinect that Microsoft has made. Sure, this won't compel anyone just interested in games, but it will provide those interested in trying it out a way to sample the full power of the Kinect sensor at no additional cost (beyond an Xbox Live Gold membership).
I'll definitely be trying this out when I get an Xbox One, and the personalized recommendations should steer me toward the right program. This might not be about games, but I like what Microsoft is doing here.
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