With the new Slice fitness tracker, Mio Global wants you to go beyond just counting your steps everyday. Based on an extensive health study conducted in Norway, Mio’s new Personal Activity Index or PAI will supposedly guide you towards living a longer and healthier life.
The Mio Slice is much like any other fitness tracker in that it will track your steps, distance, calories burned, sleep, heart rate, and deliver phone alerts. But where the Slice differs from other fitness or activity trackers on the market is that it calculates and displays your PAI score.
Mio’s PAI score is based on the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (or HUNT Study) carried out between 1984-2008 by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. The study resulted in a unique database of personal and family medical histories from approximately 120,000 people that can be used to glean risk factor insights or for further research into diseases. For example, follow up studies on the data suggest that insomnia is a risk factor for ill-health going forward and that resting heart rate is an important predictor for cardiovascular fitness, and a high resting heart rate (>80 bpm) is associated with increased cardiovascular risk in an apparently healthy person.
Unlike the recommended 10,000 steps a day rule, the PAI score is personal to you–it is based on your age, gender, resting heart rate, and maximum heart rate, calculated using your heart-rate intensity over a rolling seven-day period. The Hunt Study determined that keeping your PAI score above 100 could increase your lifespan by up to 10 years and provide maximum protection from lifestyle diseases.
While the Slice is the only Mio device to display your PAI score, you can download the Mio PAI app (available later this month) to see your PAI score with other Mio devices.
The Mio Slice fitness tracker ships later this year and will retail for $99.