We've seen devices before that measure power consumption around the house, but this is the first we've seen that measures it around your body. Minnesota-based design firm Worrell did the ID for the Gruve, a personal energy-burning monitor based on research by Dr. Jim Levine of the Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Jim Levine of the Mayo clinic discovered that if people are active throughout the day by being reminded to move or stop being inactive they could keep their metabolism from shutting down and therefore be able to lose unwanted weight.
We [here at Worrell] designed the Gruve, a tri-axial accelerometer that monitors an individual's every movement throughout the day and indicates their progress against their pre-measured metabolism. An indicator located at the top of the device shows an individual's progress by LED color. The data collected is ultimately synced to an Internet portal to synthesize caloric intake and personal progress.
The clip on the Gruve was designed to integrate into the shape of the device and function on virtually any type of clothing or belt to be unobtrusive to the user. The Gruve uses vibration to notify the user it is time to get moving. A targeted customer base is corporations looking to explore the possibility of reducing the cost of insurance premiums by improving peoples health through prevention rather that treatment and those who need that extra reminder to get up and at it to stay fit.
More info on the Gruve available here.