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Ki Fit General Info

Introduction

You can find information about Ki Fit and get help in these documents:

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
TROUBLESHOOTING
USER GUIDES

Overview

The Ki Lifestyle and Calorie Management System records, analyses and reports physiological parameters. The system allows you to easily monitor and manage daily metabolic and lifestyle data in order to reach your activity and weight goals.

Ki Fit is an internet-based service comprised of three main components:

  1. A wearable monitor called the Ki Fit Armband
  2. An interactive website called the Online Activity Manager
  3. An OPTIONAL feedback device called the Ki Fit Display

The Ki Fit Armband is a wearable body monitor with sensors that track calories, physical activity and steps.

The Online Activity Manager is designed to track your progress towards weight goals and daily lifestyle targets. To get started using the Ki Fit System please refer to the Quick Start Guide included in the Ki Fit Armband box.

The optional Ki Fit Display provides real-time, minute-to-minute feedback on calories burned, number of steps and physical activity. It can be clipped to clothing or worn as a watch (Display Strap sold seperately).


For Your Safety

Medical
CAUTION: Always consult a physician before starting any new diet or exercise program. This system is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. This system is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or supervision of your personal physician.

Reminders
CAUTION: The Ki Fit System has a "reminders" feature. Reminders should not be used for life-critical events, such as taking certain medications if they are vital to your daily health.

Sensitive Skin
CAUTION: If you experience a skin irritation then discontinue use and contact your physician. See the product specifications for a list of materials used.

Additional CAUTIONS
Refer to the important information about the armband and display for additional cautions.


Minimum System Requirements

PC Computer Requirements:

  • PC with USB Port
  • Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • 256 MB RAM or higher
  • Internet access (high-speed strongly recommended)
  • User with administrative rights to computer
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0, Google Chrome versions 5.x or 6.x or Firefox versions 3.5 or 3.6
  • Internet Settings: allow cookies, pop-ups and JavaScript
  • Required Plug Ins : FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader and FREE Adobe Flash Player

Mac Computer Requirements:

  • Mac with USB Port
  • Mac OS X v10.5 or Mac OS X v10.6 on the Intel platform
  • 256 MB RAM or higher
  • Internet access (high-speed strongly recommended)
  • User with administrative rights to computer
  • Safari 4.0 or 5.x
  • Internet Settings: allow cookies, pop-ups and JavaScript
  • Required Plug Ins : FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader and FREE Adobe Flash Player

Getting Started

Complete information for using the armband and display are provided in the Ki Armband and Display User Guides.

To get started using the Ki Fit System follow the steps below:

  1. Go to www.kifit.co.uk and click on “getting started”. Choose the relevant option then follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Enter your personal details and goals in the Online Activity Manager. Then plug in your armband using the USB cable provided to register the device to your account.
  3. After your set-up is complete, keep your armband plugged in until the battery is fully charged, and the light turns green. (This could take up to three hours.)
  4. Snap the armband into the strap, and slide it onto your left arm.

The Armband

You can find the Ki Armband User Guide in the "help and support" section of kifit.co.uk

 
Wearing the Ki Fit Armband

Once you have completed the initial setup you can begin wearing your armband:

  1. Make sure that the upper arm is clean and dry. There should not be lotion or body oil where the armband will come into contact with the skin.
  2. Slide the armband high-up on the back of the left arm, with the sensors touching the skin.
  3. Adjust the strap so that it fits the arm comfortably, and then secure the Velcro® tab. Make sure the sensors maintain continuous contact with your skin at all times and that the armband does not slide off your arm.
  4. After achieving a comfortable fit, the armband should be able to slide on and off your arm without frequent adjustments to the Velcro® strap.
  5. The armband will turn itself on and begin gathering data within 10 minutes.

The armband is designed to be worn high up on the back of the left arm (triceps area), touching the skin. The "right way up" has the logo closer to your shoulder and the lights closer to your elbow.

We recommend wearing the armband for a maximum of 23 hours each day.   
 
Do not immerse the armband in water. The monitor is splash resistant, but it is not designed to be used underwater or to come in continuous contact with water.

If you experience a skin irritation please follow proper wear and cleaning instructions and this often resolves the issue. If irritation continues, discontinue use and contact your physician. Follow all instructions regarding how to properly wear and clean the Armband to minimise the chance of irritation. If you have a known metal allergy consult your physician prior to using the product. See the product specifications for a list of materials.

Turning the Ki Fit Armband On and Off

The armband does not have a power button; it will power on automatically within 10 minutes of putting it on. To turn the armband off, slide it off of your arm.  Within a few minutes the armband will power off.  

To verify the armband is “on” and gathering data while you are wearing it, press the status button located on the front of the armband. When pressed, you will hear the “A-OK” sound indicating it is “on”.  If no sounds are heard then the armband is off.

Removing or Changing the Strap

You will need to remove the strap before uploading the armband data, recharging the battery, or replacing the strap.

  1. Start with the monitor text facing up and towards you. Apply gentle constant downward pressure to the right side of the monitor face until the device seperates from the black frame and strap.
  2. Reattach the strap by first aligning the USB port on the monitor with the indent on the inside of the black frame. Then apply upward pressure to the right side of the monitor until it snaps into place.

Sync Armband

Sync the data that has collected in your armband with the Activity Manager.

  1. Insert the USB cable into your computer and then into the USB port on the left side of the monitor.
  2. Install the BodyMedia SYNC software from here and when you plug in your armband, the software will automatically launch and sync your data with the Activity Manager.

Battery

The Ki Fit Armband is powered by one internal lithium polymer cell battery.  The armband battery will last approximately 5-7 days before it needs to be recharged.

To check the status of the battery, remove the armband from your arm and press the status button. The light beside the word “battery” will turn on as follows:

  • Green (solid) = More than 24 hours of battery life remain
  • Amber (pulsing) = Less than 24 hours of battery life remain
  • Red (flashing) = The armband will not collect data. Recharge the battery before continuing use.

To recharge the armband battery, remove the armband module from the strap. Plug a USB cable into the PC and armband to start charging. The battery will go from dead to fully charged in about three hours.

In addition to the battery status light on the armband, you can also view battery life when you upload your data via the SYNC software.

The armband battery is not removable.

Memory

The Ki Fit Armband can collect up to 14 days of data, if worn 18 hours a day.

To check the memory status, remove the armband and press the status button. The light beside the word “memory” will turn on:

  • Green (solid) = More than 24 hours memory remain
  • Amber (pulsing) = Less than 24 hours of memory remain
  • Red (flashing) = The armband memory is full and the armband will not collect any more data. Upload the data to the web site before continuing use.
Understanding Armband feedback

The A-OK sound is the most common sequence to hear. If the armband is not being worn and you press the button, the status lights will flash but no sound will be made. If the armband is being worn and is recording, then the status lights will flash and the armband will give an audio status (the armband is "on body").

  • A-OK Sequence
    When the status button is pushed, it should play the “A-OK Sequence,” which can best be described as a series of 3 notes, (de-de deet). The first two notes are the same, followed by a third ascending note. Both green lights will flash.
  • Turning Off
    Every time you slide the armband off your arm it will make a series of sounds indicating that it has turned off. The sequence can best be described as 4 distinct notes descending in tone, (de-do-de doot).
  • Low Sequence
    When the status button is pushed and the battery life is low, it will play the “Low Sequence,” which can best be described as a series of 2 notes repeated 3 times in an alarm fashion (de-do de-do de-do). The battery or memory lights will flash amber.
  • Very Low Sequence
    When the status button is pushed and the battery life is insufficient to power the device or the memory is full, it will play the “Very Low Sequence,” which can best be described as a series of 2 notes repeated 6 times in an alarm fashion (de-do de-do de-do, de-do de-do de-do).

Reminders
An armband can remind the wearer of important events in a routine day, like a daily walk. The armband reminders play a sound at the time set. There are two reminder types. You may set up to six of each reminder type (total of 12 in all).

To set reminders, launch the Online Activity Manager, and click on the ‘Resources’ tab. Then, select the ‘reminders’ tab and follow the on-screen instructions.

  • Reminder Sequence 1. When reminder 1 plays at the specified time, it will make a series of sounds that can best be described as 2 notes, repeated 3 times, (de-deet, de-deet, de-deet).
  • Reminder Sequence 2. When reminder 2 plays at the specified time specified, it will make a series of sounds that can best be described as 3 notes, repeated 3 times (de-de-deet, de-de-deet, de-de-deet).

Note: The Ki Fit Armband does not provide sound feedback when it is not "on body" (being worn and turned on).

CAUTION: Reminders should not be used for life-critical events, such as taking certain medications, if they are vital to your daily health.

The Display

You can find the Ki Display User Guide in the help and support section of kifit.co.uk

How to Synchronise the Ki Fit Display and Armband

For first-time-use: Press the armband button. Now press the "mode" & "view" buttons on the display at the same time and hold them in for 4 seconds. This will establish a new partnership between the display and armband. You can then follow the every-day procedure.

 

For every-day-use: Press and release the armband button first, then the "mode" button on the display. Now wait a few seconds to allow the armband and display to synchronise. If the display message goes to ‘Not In Sync,’ then repeat the process.

The Online Activity Manager

The Online Activity Manager is the website component of the Ki Calorie Management System. User guides can be found on the 'How To Use It' page.

Click here to view this page.

Care and Maintenance

Handling

Though the Ki Fit Armband has been designed for wearability and long-term use, it is a sensitive monitoring device. Rough handling can break internal components. Never drop or shock the armband, and always store it in a safe place when not in use. 

 
Cleaning

You should always clean and dry the armband and display if they become noticeably moist or dirty. 

To clean the armband and display: Gently wipe skin touching surfaces of the armband and display with a soft cloth or towel moistened with mild soap and water. Wipe with a clean damp cloth to remove any remaining soap. Use a dry, soft cloth or towel to completely dry before wearing. Never use solvents to clean the armband or display!

To clean the strap and wing: Hand wash with mild soap and warm water, rinse, then air dry. Machine drying may affect the performance and lifespan of the strap.

The armband and display may need to be disinfected occasionally. Wipe the entire armband and display with a soft cloth dampened with 70% isopropyl alcohol. Allow to dry for 5-10 minutes before wearing. Always disinfect the armband and display, and replace the armband strap prior to use by others.

Do not sterilise the armband, display or strap.

Important Information About the Armband and Display

Follow operating instructions.

CAUTION

Non-ionised radiation.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Regulations indicates separate 
collection for electrical and electronic equipment.

Electrical Safety

Type B Applied Part

FCC Logo

Battery orientation


Cautions 


Always consult a physician before starting any new diet or exercise program. This system is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. This system is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or supervision of your personal physician.

CAUTION: This product is not defibrillation proof.

CAUTION: Do not get this equipment close to other devices that can cause electromagnetic interferences of any nature.

CAUTION: EQUIPMENT not suitable for use in the presence of a FLAMMABLE ANAESTHETIC MIXTURE WITH AIR or WITH OXYGEN OR NITROUS OXIDE.

CAUTION: Medical electrical equipment needs special precautions regarding EMC and needs to be installed and put into service according to the EMC information provided in the User Guides. Portable and mobile RF communications equipment can affect medical electrical equipment.

CAUTION: The equipment or system should not be used adjacent to or stacked with other equipment and if adjacent or stacked use is necessary, the equipment or system should be observed to verify normal operation in the configuration in which it will be used.

CAUTION: Keep this equipment out of reach of children. It contains smaller, removable parts which can become choking hazards.

CAUTION: This equipment and wireless accessories should not be used in aeroplanes, hospitals, or locations where mobile telephones or electronic devices are prohibited.

CAUTION: Do not use unapproved accessories.

CAUTION: Reminders should not be used for life-critical events, such as taking certain medications, if they are vital to your daily health.

CAUTION: When the armband is on the arm, DO NOT connect it to the USB cable.

CAUTION: If you have known metals allergies, you should consult your physician prior to wearing.

CAUTION: Check this equipment for sharp edges or damage before each use.

CAUTION: Avoid wearing this equipment when it has been exposed to excessively hot temperatures (i.e. direct sun exposure) to avoid burns to the skin.

CAUTION: Users should avoid wearing this equipment excessively. To reduce potential for skin irritation wear for a maximum of 23 hours per day.

CAUTION: The strap tab should be aligned with the strap to avoid unintended contact with the skin which may cause scratching.

CAUTION: Do not wear on an open wound, sore or burn.

CAUTION: Be careful not to over-tighten while on your arm. If at any time, you feel constriction or loss of circulation, simply loosen the adjustable strap and re-fasten it to a more comfortable setting.

CAUTION: Each material was chosen for its precedent in other skin contact products or has been independently approved for skin contact. However, everyone’s skin is different and you may experience irritation or redness after wearing. If this occurs, discontinue use and consult your physician.

CAUTION: To reduce the risk of skin irritation, be sure to dry your arm thoroughly before wearing.

CAUTION: DO NOT IMMERSE THE ARMBAND IN WATER. The armband is not designed to be used underwater or to come in continuous contact with water.

CAUTION: Though the armband and display were designed for wearability and long-term use, they are sensitive monitoring devices. Rough handling can break internal components. Never drop or shock the device and always store in a safe place when not in use.

CAUTION: Avoid exposing to extreme temperatures, direct sunlight, moisture, sand, dust, or mechanical shock.

CAUTION: To prevent possible damage to the USB cable, grasp the plug end when disconnecting the USB cable. Replace the cable if it becomes frayed.

CAUTION: Do not incinerate.

CAUTION: Dispose of this equipment in accordance with local or country specific regulations.

CAUTION: Do not attempt to open the armband yourself. It contains no user serviceable parts. Refer all servicing to qualified Service Personnel. Opening the armband yourself will void the warranty.

CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this equipment not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.

CAUTION: Replace your display’s battery only with CR-2032 (or equivalent) 3V lithium coin cell battery to avoid risk of personal injury or physical damage to your equipment.

CAUTION: The display battery may present a choking hazard for small children. Please keep the batteries out of reach of children.

CAUTION: If this equipment is dropped, ensure that it is working properly and not physically damaged before relying on readings.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations

What is WEEE

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing waste stream in the UK. Over a million tonnes of electrical and electronic waste is disposed of every year in the UK from non-household sources (add to that a million tonnes from household waste). The electrical and electronic equipment we throw away has environmental implications and ends up in landfill sites. WEEE can contain hazardous substances including arsenic, bromine, cadmium, halogenated flame retardant, hydro chlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), lead, mercury and PCBs. This can lead to a significant negative impact on air, soil and water quality and lead to environmental damage impacting both human and animal health. Today most of the components of electrical and electronic equipment are recyclable. The increase in WEEE is partly due to the high rate of technological change in this sector, encouraging people to buy the latest versions before their old appliance has stopped functioning. In many cases old appliances may be refurbished, upgraded or directly passed on for use in another situation rather than being discarded.

The Wheelie Bin Logo



You should be aware that all new Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) should be marked with the WEEE Directive's crossed out wheelie bin logo either on their products or packaging. This logo aims to encourage you to separate your WEEE and to discard it separately from other household waste.

Since 13th August 2005 under new WEEE Regulations regarding the composition of electrical and electronic equipment and the elimination of resulting waste, producers are required by UK law to ensure that the crossed out wheelie bin logo is printed in a visible, legible and indelible form on the product itself, except for in exceptional cases where this is not possible because of the size or function of the product. In such cases, the symbol must be printed on the packaging, the instructions for use and the accompanying warranty (where applicable).

Returns Process for End-of-Life Products

Ki Performance offers a returns service which will ensure the recycling of current products on the market once they reach the end-of-life stage. This service is provided to you for free. In order to arrange for a free take back, please contact our Customer Services by Email ki-support@kiperformance.co.uk or by phone at 0207 307 8280. Ki Performance will arrange for a pre paid returns bag to be sent to you so that you can return your end of life product to us, where we will take the appropriate actions to ensure it is recycled correctly under the WEEE legislation. Local authorities accept household WEEE free of charge at their community refuse and recycling sites to find out your nearest participating site (including other collection facilities that may not be operated by the council) and for advice on all aspects of recycling at home, please visit www.recycle-more.co.uk.

 

Contacting Ki Fit

You can contact us through the help and support section of our website
 
Last updated: 6th October, 2011