This could be “it”, the “killer app” that actually sells the XBox One.
When XB1 and its Kinect v2.0 improvements were announced, I jumped straight to the fitness capabilities of the machine. I said that the heart rate sensor and the much improved camera could easily be used to track our progress over time. What is your True Progress? The camera can easily see your body shape and size changing and could provide a visual, easy to see progress chart by simply overlaying outlines of your own body and / or showing percentages. Heart rate improvements could also be tracked.
Not just that, but I suggested that the fitness apps / programs for XBox One could dynamically adjust to YOU. It can see your heart rate, it can determine how good or bad your form is, so it could easily adjust the workout to push you harder, or back off a little on the intensity, or to tell you to reposition your feet or straighten your back during push-ups, etc.
I never expected Beach Body to get into this, but it makes perfect sense.
Will they do any of the above that I’ve mentioned? I don’t know. The video gives no specifics other than to briefly mention “the improved Kinect”. Is it possible? Yes.
There is also the potential for the XB1 to connect to our existing devices, services, and apps. Fitocracy could easily track our workouts in real time, fitness devices such as some advanced pedometers / trackers could also feed data to and receive from the XB1.
Add to this the ability to scan bar codes on foods to track what you’re eating, which could tie into MyFitnessPal or be a service unique to XB1. Hopefully it would work better than MyFitnessPal’s crowd-powered data.. heh heh. If it is accurate then custom nutrition advice could be given based on your age, gender, weight, and activity levels. Heck, it could even tie to Amazon to order the food, or at the very least, provide you with a solid shopping list.
There could easily be an accurate fitness and health profile developed for you, if all of this is used to its potential. Will any of this happen? I have no idea. It is possible, though. The technology is there if what they’ve said about Kinect 2.0 isn’t a bunch of hyperbole.
The social potential of this is also a lot of fun. Competing with friends, competing on websites like Fitocracy or via XBox One services in a way similar to Fitocracy’s challenges, and so on. Group workouts via the Internet are already a thing, and forming workout groups could potentially be very easy to do with this. There would need to be robust privacy settings, but there’s a lot of good potential here as well.
As a gamer I have dismissed the XBox One and I have no interest in the machine. As a fitness system, however, I am suddenly very interested. If - and I stress “if” - they do this correctly, then I will definitely be getting an XBox One.