Fitness fanatics have a new tracking tool today thanks to the YUR.watch, conveniently located on your virtual wrist and available in PC VR and Quest games.
YUR develops the most advanced fitness technology to help users keep track of daily progress towards fitness goals and the YUR.watch interface is similar to a real-life smartwatch as you view your progress with a simple flick of the wrist. As you level up, you can even unlock new tiers for your watch.
Fitness-tracking features include a squat counter, calories burned, an estimated heartrate, and current activity level. The watch also displays the current local time and your YUR level (1-60).
This sort of technology is beneficial for anyone playing VR games and while many of our readers already are focused on using virtual reality for health and fitness, in reality everyone should be more aware of how much (or how little) they move. With the introduction of headsets like the standalone Oculus Quest, increasing numbers of users can take advantage of the benefits of VR for fitness.
When you add in an app like the YUR.watch, however, users have an opportunity to really pay attention to their activity levels, set goals, and feel a sense of accomplishment when they begin to see improvements to their health, weight loss, lower resting heart rate, etc. You can also log into your YUR account to view your progress.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with many people quarantined at home, it’s a great time to get fit – or remember to stay fit – so YUR is offering the sleeve free for now. I’ve been using the traditional YUR fitness tool to track my heartrate and calories burned during gameplay in an alpha for Ready At Dawn’s Echo Arena on the Quest. The YUR technology is pretty amazing and I enjoy seeing my progress throughout the game, the day, and the month.
The YUR.watch has already been officially integrated into Mixed Realms’ Sariento VR, Kluge Interactive’s Synth Riders, and One Hamsa’s Racket NX. It will arrive on Odders Lab’s Oh Shape tomorrow. Each of these games offers a fantastic opportunity to get your body moving and work out while having fun.
In addition to Quest games, the watch is available for use with all PC VR headsets so you can track your fitness and progress inside all VR games, including Valve’s incredibly popular new game, Half-Life Alyx.
I can’t wait to hop in and use the YUR.watch for all my favorite VR games. Let us know which ones you try and how your VR fitness journey is progressing during these times of social distancing and work-at-home.