Sweat much? High-tech phone wants to be your personal trainer

A prototype mobile phone wants to help you with everything from keeping in shape to making sure your breath isn't skanky.

NTT DoCoMo and Mitsubishi jointly developed the Wellness Phone which will work as a personal trainer, wellness coach and secretary. It can take your pulse reading, check your body fat and tell you if you have bad breath. Other sensors can measure your pulse and by outstretching your arms while holding the phone, it serves as a body fat counter.

The phone features a built-in motion sensor and can detect body movement. It can then calculate how many calories are burned and can tell if the user is walking, running, climbing stairs or resting. Users can blow into a tiny hole on the side of the handset for about three seconds to get a reading on their and check their stress level through a series questions.

The phone then can dispense inspirational advice, its makers say. Reports indicate the inspirational comments are in the: "Don't worry, tomorrow's a fresh new day," the phone then flashed. "Keep your chin up!" vein.

The companies are reportedly still testing some of the phone's more advanced technology, including a function to keep track of meals and calculate calorific intake, as well as a network capacity to let users share data.

The companies haven't said when nor how much they will sell the phones. Plus it doesn't look like they be sold in the US anytime soon either.

The system in part sounds like the Nike+iPod Sport Kit, a wireless system that includes a sensor chip used in Nike+ shoes to relay information to a receiver that attaches to an iPod nano music player. In a demonstration video on its Web site, Nike showed a runner hooking up the system to his iPod nano, which then proceeded to keep him updated on his running time, distance, calories burned and other information. It also displays the information on the iPod's screen.

There's always the Mayo Clinic's vertical workstation, that just might be the weight loss wave of the future. The vertical workstation is basically a desk mounted over a treadmill that lets office workers to kill two birds with one stone - send emails, check invoices and write reports and burn calories at the same time.

You could buy a Nokia's Vertu $25,400 phone that celebrates Ferrari's 60th year in the business of making beautiful, unbelievably fast cars. Then sit back and listen to your heart race. But your head might explode.

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