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FitCentric Technologies, Inc.

FitCentric Technologies to Launch NetAthlon 2.0 and other innovations at InterBike

09.02.2005
Montclair, California
FitCentric Technologies to Launch NetAthlon 2.0 and other innovations at InterBike

FitCentric Technologies has just returned from Denver Health and Fitness Show in Denver Colorado and reports enthusiastic reception to it technology: NetAthlon 2.0 (NA 2.0) coupled to wireless fitness machine retrofits (speed, distance, and heart rate and online real-time coaching). To those at the tradeshow familiar with NA 1.0, the general impression was enthusiastic noting major upgrades in realism, resolution, course variety and changes, and character realism and interaction.

FitCentric demonstrated NA 2.0 retrofitted to an inexpensive spin bike (similar to a cycling trainer/trackstand) and flawless instant responsiveness with the on-screen cyclists. On-screen the user could see their "Training Effect" provided by Firstbeat Technologies as well as usual training data, their position of the course profile and on the course map, interacting with multiple pacers. "The new user interface (UI) makes program navigation a cinch," says Ken Burres MD, FitCentric CEO. "We responded to user suggestions and hopefully covered most of them."

FitCentric continues to lead the fitness software category with NA 2.0 that now defines PC-fitness machine interaction. Like other FitCentric software products, NA 2.0 offers the user (cyclist, runner, rower, climber, etc.) 3D real-time animated courses that fill the screen (LCD, CRT, TV, plasma, projector LCD, etc) with highly realistic and compelling content that supports crashing, steering, 3D glasses and performance data display and data capture. Environmental sounds are accurately synchronized as well. While NetAthlon 1.0 supported eight characters on screen, NA 2.0 supports 25 cyclists at one time encouraging larger competitions online. FitCentric introduced Web Racing" in 1996 and with a partnership with GameSpy Arcade, has produced the largest number of online sporting events. NA 2.0 makes the events even more competitive.

"NA 2.0 has other features our users will like. There is a new user interface makes program setup and changes simpler. Access to online eventing is simplified. The library of courses has been converted to the new format and enhanced with denser graphics and higher resolution," says Ken Burres, FitCentric CEO. "The NetAthlon product will soon be extended to include NetAthlon Event Edition for networks and NetAthlon Club Edition for gyms and fitness centers. New courses are coming for the imminent winter season including Alpe d'Huez time trial from the 2004 Tour de France."

NetAthlon is the most comprehensive software application available for fitness machines and continues to lead the industry for utility, realism, and featureset. It is the only software that integrates all PC interactive cycling trainers a unified driver so training and competition prevents mechanical advantages and sessions are "on a level playing field." NA 2.0 integrates seamlessly with UltraCoach 3.0, FitCentrics performance analysis software that is packaged FREE as UltraCoach Lite with NA 2.0.

NA 2.0 supports Web Racing", FitCentric's online event utility for fitness machines -- simulating outdoor group riding and racing, and there are other upgrades: fitness machines that support steering and crashing will find greater realism while still permitting the cyclist to crash without actual physical injury! Characters movement integrates with the courses just like outdoors, and all NA 1.0 courses have been enhanced with lots of details and high resolution.

FitCentric also has other offerings for InterBikea wireless retrofit for simple cycling trackstands that integrates speed, heart rate, cadence, and steering into the data path and make the PC interactive NA experience MORE realistic and motivating. This makes the trackstand into an expensive wireless fitness machine in minutes

FitCentric NA 2.0 has integrated online onscreen real-time coaching. "We have been working with Firstbeat Technologies of Finland to bring the most innovative change in the PC cycling and fitness experience," offers Burres. "Most people wait until after they run, cycle, row, etc., to know if they have been improving their training effect. Then, they plan their next workout. Following an onscreen message icon for guidance, the user will know instantly if their training is effective and guiding them to appropriate fitness. They will get Training Effect messages 1 - 5. "The FirstBeat people have created EPOC, an embedded technology that does analysis in real-time while they are exercising," adds Paul Stewart, FitCentric CTO. "Using beat-to-beat heart rate data capture, the embedded application works behind the scene to analyze data, but on-screen users get a simple helpful message! We are very excited about this technology as it will help recreational, school-level and competitive athletes with their fitness and weight reduction programs"

NetAthlon 2.0 Highlights:

  • Unmatched high resolution graphics with realistic character robotics
  • Web Racing" support for 25 users on-screen at a time with easy access to GameSpy for online eventing
  • Easy to navigate completely redesigned user interface
  • New courses in the NA 2.0 format for rowing, cycling, running
  • Completely integrated with UltraCoach Athletic Training Software

About FitCentric Technologies:
FitCentric Technologies was started by two triathletes trying to get fitter and work full-time by using computer technology and sports physiology integrated into a software application. That was in 1988 (UltraCoach) and now years later, they have exceeded their expectations with NetAthlon 2.0 and virtual training, but still have a list of projects to make FitCentric software more effective and motivating. FitCentric is committed to making fitness software easy to use, fun, and worthwhile for youth, adults, rehabilitative venues, and seniors. "We see a global community of fitness using the Internet as the next fitness club, using NetAthlon as an operating system," states Burres, a neurosurgeon, sportsmedicine physician, engineering physicist, and Ironman triathlete. Paul Stewart, co-founder of FitCentric, is also an Ironman triathlete, computer scientist, and FitCentric's CTO. "We are committed to producing software that will always lead users to higher levels of health and fitness and have fun along the way," remarks Stewart.

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Contacts
FitCentric Technologies, Inc.
1-800-400-1390
kburres@fitcentric.com
www.fitcentric.com

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