EyeToy: Kinetic introduces a new genre of gaming to PlayStation 2 -- 'fitness gaming', bringing personal fitness trainers into your home through the clever technology of the EyeToy USB Camera. As the trainers' all 'seeing eye', the EyeToy captures your work-out, and the in-game trainers, Matt and Anna give you personalised feedback and are on-hand to motivate and guide you throughout your training.
Comprised of four zones: Cardio, Combat, Toning and Mind & Body, EyeToy Kinetic focuses on a diverse set of exercise disciplines, providing the user with a holistic approach to their well-being. Celebratory fitness professionals and martial arts gurus have input their experience and techniques to bring an unparalleled, interactive fitness experience to the PlayStation 2. The atmospheric environments and music selections complement the mood of the workouts to enhance the exercise experience and really get you into the 'zone'. From kick-boxing to Tai Chi, Cardio to Yoga , there is something to inspire everyone to reach their fitness potential.
EyeToy: Kinetic allows you to choose the zone, the music, the trainer and the intensity to suit your fitness level and goals. With 16 different routines and individually tailored programmes, EyeToy: Kinetic harnesses the power of technology to maximise your workout. This unique exercise experience is a fun, interactive and positive way to supplement your existing fitness regime or kick-start a new you: accredited by top celebrity trainers, you can get the body you want, when you want it.
Motivating, personalised and informed, EyeToy: Kinetic is a revolution in home fitness allowing you to fit effective, bite-sized exercise into your busy lifestyle or invest longer term into a customised 12-week programme.
But there were some problems:
- you're expected to do 5 routines a week towards the end, this is hard to fit into anyone's schedule.
- light is a problem, I had to rearrange my lighting, put a white sheet on my dark furniture and dress up in head to toe black to get the eyetoy to correctly recognise my movements.
- there seems to be a bit of a problem with level progression. I started off on easy, progressed in some games to medium and then was demoted back to easy despite the fact that my scores kept increasing and were nearly always 100% towards the end.
Overall I thought it was an excellent first product, definitely worth the money and I hope that Sony goes on to develop something more advanced. Recording progress in real fitness terms (weight, heart rate etc) would be great.
I can't recommend this enough! I'm sure it will change the future of home fitness!