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Published June 29, 2009

It's Got the Beat
A Music Player With Heart

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You've always appreciated a good soundtrack—Pulp Fiction…Trainspotting
Mamma Mia! (a little ABBA puts hair on your chest, we always say).

But in real life, the music rarely lives up to the action. Particularly when you're on the move—until now, that is…

Meet the Yamaha Bodibeat, a magical music player that syncs your tunes to that most primal rhythm of all, your heart's.

First, just strap it to your arm before going for a jog. (You could, of course, use it while taking it easy—but expect to hear a lot of Radiohead.) As you get going, the device starts taking your heart rate and shuffling songs accordingly. So as you warm up, it'll play some quiet jams—and when you hit your stride, expect an all-out cacophonic orgy of beats, perfect for egging you on to ever-higher levels of athletic prowess. (If you're blood doping, be warned—you might be listening to a lot of Norwegian death metal.) It's all produced by matching your playlist's beats-per-minute to your heart rate.

As for what's playing, the device comes thoughtfully preloaded with a few thousand tunes. But unless your tastes run toward mid '90s techno—and, no judgments if they do—you might want to upload a few workout jams of your own.

And maybe a little Sade if you're wearing it to bed.
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