FitSense and Motorola to Track Runners at the 2001 Boston Marathon

Companies Team to Wirelessly Track the Vital Signs, Performance and Location

Of Two Marathon Runners



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Motorola, Inc.

    BOSTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- FitSense Technology, Inc., developer of
 Internet-linked sports and fitness monitors, has teamed with Motorola
 (NYSE:   MOT) to wirelessly track the vital signs of twin sisters Allie Renna
 and Amy McGuire as they compete in the 2001 Boston Marathon.
     The FitSense FS-1 Speedometer allows runners to track speed, distance,
 heart rate and calorie burn on a FitSense wristwatch, while fans can track the
 live data via Motorola's i85s personal communication handset or at
 http://marathon.fitsense.com .  WBZ-TV will use the system to track each
 runner's performance as they race from Hopkinton to Boston.  Motorola and
 FitSense collaborated on a similar initiative at the 2001 Motorola Marathon in
 Austin, Texas.
     "Smarter training enhances your performance, while reducing the risk of
 injury," said Sam Joffe, a marathoner and president of FitSense.  "The FS-1
 Speedometer allows runners and walkers to take the guesswork out of their
 training and achieve their fitness goals."
     FitSense Technology, which also received an equity investment from
 Motorola Ventures last September, developed a system to track the performance
 of Olympic Gold Medallist Michael Johnson at the 2000 Olympic Trials.  The
 technology was also used to monitor runners in the 2000 Boston Marathon,
 climbers on Mt. Everest, and Senator John Glenn on the Space Shuttle.
     "The innovative technology FitSense has brought to market allows runners
 and walkers on all levels to utilize personal performance data to advance
 training and improve personal health," said Matthew Growney, managing director
 of Motorola Ventures -- East.  "Our investment in this technology is part of
 an ongoing effort to harness the power of wireless technologies to simplify
 life and create a connected future."
     As the first-ever system of its kind, the FS-1 uses a miniature
 accelerometer clipped to the runner's shoelaces and an ECG accurate heart rate
 monitor to capture data.  The technology platform is also being used for
 cardiac rehab and ambulatory monitoring, to help keep patients motivated and
 care-providers informed during post-operative rehabilitation.  FitSense's
 consumer version of this smart sensor technology debuted in December 2000,
 when Reebok International deployed FitSense's technology in Traxtar shoes for
 children.
     The i85s handset combines many of the capabilities of a handheld computer,
 two-way radio, interactive text pager, and Internet-ready mobile phone in a
 single device.  The i85s is part the new generation iDEN products from
 Motorola that allow users to expand the functionality of their phones by
 downloading and running applications to meet their individual needs.
 Background information on The High Tech Runner initiative can be found by
 visiting www.digitaldna.com and clicking on "Clicking your way to DigitalDNA".
 
     About FitSense
     FitSense Technology, Inc. ( www.fitsense.com ), located in Wellesley, MA,
 is a world leader in personal area wireless networking and ambulatory
 monitoring.  FitSense products provide athletic performance information and
 vital signs on a wrist watch, with a wireless link to the Internet.  The
 company has developed the first accurate pace-distance monitor for walkers and
 runners.
 
     About Motorola Ventures
     Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:   MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated
 communication solutions and embedded electronic solutions.  Sales in 2000 were
 $37.6 billion.  Motorola Ventures (MV) is the global, strategic venture
 capital investment arm of Motorola, Inc.  MV actively invests at early stages
 in developing companies of strategic value to Motorola in order to accelerate
 access to new technologies, new markets and new talent.  More company
 information is available at www.motorola.com .
 
 

SOURCE Motorola, Inc.
    BOSTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- FitSense Technology, Inc., developer of
 Internet-linked sports and fitness monitors, has teamed with Motorola
 (NYSE:   MOT) to wirelessly track the vital signs of twin sisters Allie Renna
 and Amy McGuire as they compete in the 2001 Boston Marathon.
     The FitSense FS-1 Speedometer allows runners to track speed, distance,
 heart rate and calorie burn on a FitSense wristwatch, while fans can track the
 live data via Motorola's i85s personal communication handset or at
 http://marathon.fitsense.com .  WBZ-TV will use the system to track each
 runner's performance as they race from Hopkinton to Boston.  Motorola and
 FitSense collaborated on a similar initiative at the 2001 Motorola Marathon in
 Austin, Texas.
     "Smarter training enhances your performance, while reducing the risk of
 injury," said Sam Joffe, a marathoner and president of FitSense.  "The FS-1
 Speedometer allows runners and walkers to take the guesswork out of their
 training and achieve their fitness goals."
     FitSense Technology, which also received an equity investment from
 Motorola Ventures last September, developed a system to track the performance
 of Olympic Gold Medallist Michael Johnson at the 2000 Olympic Trials.  The
 technology was also used to monitor runners in the 2000 Boston Marathon,
 climbers on Mt. Everest, and Senator John Glenn on the Space Shuttle.
     "The innovative technology FitSense has brought to market allows runners
 and walkers on all levels to utilize personal performance data to advance
 training and improve personal health," said Matthew Growney, managing director
 of Motorola Ventures -- East.  "Our investment in this technology is part of
 an ongoing effort to harness the power of wireless technologies to simplify
 life and create a connected future."
     As the first-ever system of its kind, the FS-1 uses a miniature
 accelerometer clipped to the runner's shoelaces and an ECG accurate heart rate
 monitor to capture data.  The technology platform is also being used for
 cardiac rehab and ambulatory monitoring, to help keep patients motivated and
 care-providers informed during post-operative rehabilitation.  FitSense's
 consumer version of this smart sensor technology debuted in December 2000,
 when Reebok International deployed FitSense's technology in Traxtar shoes for
 children.
     The i85s handset combines many of the capabilities of a handheld computer,
 two-way radio, interactive text pager, and Internet-ready mobile phone in a
 single device.  The i85s is part the new generation iDEN products from
 Motorola that allow users to expand the functionality of their phones by
 downloading and running applications to meet their individual needs.
 Background information on The High Tech Runner initiative can be found by
 visiting www.digitaldna.com and clicking on "Clicking your way to DigitalDNA".
 
     About FitSense
     FitSense Technology, Inc. ( www.fitsense.com ), located in Wellesley, MA,
 is a world leader in personal area wireless networking and ambulatory
 monitoring.  FitSense products provide athletic performance information and
 vital signs on a wrist watch, with a wireless link to the Internet.  The
 company has developed the first accurate pace-distance monitor for walkers and
 runners.
 
     About Motorola Ventures
     Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:   MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated
 communication solutions and embedded electronic solutions.  Sales in 2000 were
 $37.6 billion.  Motorola Ventures (MV) is the global, strategic venture
 capital investment arm of Motorola, Inc.  MV actively invests at early stages
 in developing companies of strategic value to Motorola in order to accelerate
 access to new technologies, new markets and new talent.  More company
 information is available at www.motorola.com .
 
 SOURCE  Motorola, Inc.

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