Technogym launches first treadmill combining cardio and power training

Updated 03 March 2018
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Technogym launches first treadmill combining cardio and power training

Technogym, a global producer of design and technology-driven fitness equipment and the official supplier of the last six Olympic games, has announced the launch of “Skillrun.”
It is the first treadmill to combine cardio and power training in a single solution, all in order to meet the training requirements of both elite athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
“Skillrun sets a new benchmark in performance running and answers the needs of all runners, from sprinters to marathon runners to triathletes. Thanks to unique multi-drive technology, Skillrun offers both cardio training and resistance workouts to enhance endurance and power,” a press release said.
The company said the interactive UNITY console — the same platform and interface offered throughout the entire Technogym range — allows users to access a completely customised workout experience, engaging and motivating them through digital content, personalized training programs and data tracking.
Skillrun offers a wide range of workouts including high intensity interval training, speed resistance training and neuromuscular training as well as entertaining programs to motivate the user.
Some of its features specifically designed for athletic and performance style training include:
• Fast Track Control: Adjust speed and incline on-the-fly while exercising
• Maximum Training Space: A wide belt (55 cm) and streamlined frame
• Speed and Incline: Up to 30km/h speed and incline ranging from -3 percent to +25 percent
• QUICKPAD: Change speed and gradient with just one touch thanks to dedicated buttons
• Speed-shift: Create on-the-fly interval training profiles and switch from one speed to another with a simple touch of the Fast Track Control
Skillrun also allows the user to perform a variety of cardio and power workouts, such as:
• Running session: The exclusive and interactive technology known as Biofeedback tracks and monitors the main running parameters in real time, providing color-coded feedback that enables the user to track and improve their performance.
• Parachute training: Users can strengthen the resistive power and top-end speed with parachute training, which recreates the feeling of running outdoors with a parachute. Resistance is minimal at the start and increases as the user gains speed.
• Sled training: Allows users to train their power and can recreate the feeling of pushing a sled on grass. Resistance is high at the start and decreases at a constant rate.


MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

Updated 10 December 2018
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MCIT, Huawei launch Kingdom’s first IoT Lab

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) and Huawei have announced the launch of the Kingdom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) lab and a fund of $1 million to support Saudi entrepreneurs. The announcement was made during the Huawei Day 2018 event held at The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh.

The event was attended by Dr. Sulaiman Mirdad, minister adviser for IT industry development; Dennis Zhang, CEO of Huawei Saudi Arabia; and other representatives, including senior government officials, IT leaders and professionals.

The new lab will be located at Huawei’s innovation center in Riyadh and aims to provide entrepreneurs with a platform to innovate IoT applications, which will directly target the most important vertical sectors to the Kingdom.

This joint initiative between MCIT and Huawei is expected to boost the development of products and applications and promote an open and participatory IoT ecosystem. The new IoT lab is the first such innovation and development joint lab in Saudi Arabia. 

Under this cooperation, Huawei has also made available $1 million of funding to developers to accelerate the adoption of IoT in the Kingdom.

IoT development and innovation have transformed traditional industries and daily life. As hundreds of millions of IoT devices will be used for innovative services, the technology has a key role to play in digitalization across industries. Yet currently there is not much IoT adoption in Saudi Arabia, and there is a shortage in local skills and funding necessary to drive the sector forward. The lab is intended to bridge this gap, and ultimately to drive forward the Kingdom’s digital transformation forward and assist the leadership in achieving their vision of building a knowledge economy, in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plan 2020.

Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan, deputy minister for technology and digital capacities at MCIT, said: “We are proud to launch the Kingdom’s first IoT lab and fund with our partner Huawei, believing as we do that this initiative will help to promote ICT innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, accelerate the adoption of emerging technology within the Kingdom, and support in developing the skillset and technology necessary to enable our vision and national transformation plan.”

Huawei Saudi Arabia CEO Zhang said: “Saudi Vision 2030 calls for the development of the Kingdom into an innovative and globally competitive economy through digital transformation, and our aim at Huawei is to support the success of this vision. 

We are committed to open innovation and collaboration to promote the IoT sector here in Saudi Arabia and we see the launch of this lab as another milestone in our strategic partnership with MCIT.”