New Device Detects Muscle Health

March 13, 2014

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. buff /bʌf/ (n.) – a person who is very enthusiastic or interested about something
Example: Fitness buffs go to the gym on a regular basis.

2. overall /ˈoʊvərˈɔl/ (adv.) – considered as a whole; generally
Example: A person should maintain a good overall health—including the body, soul, and spirit.

3. fruitful /ˈfrutfəl/ (adj.) – producing positive results; successful
Example: The campaign to promote healthy living was fruitful.

4. breakthrough /ˈbreɪkˌθru/ (n.) – a very important and useful discovery
Example: The invention of steam engine was a breakthrough in transportation history.

5. approach /əˈproʊtʃ/ (n.) – a method or way of doing something
ExampleThe fitness buff’s approach in toning his muscles is very effective.


Read the text below.
A new device invented by Seward [SOO-erd] Rutkove promises to help fitness buffs get fit faster.

Skulpt Aim is the first wireless and portable health-monitoring device. It can determine muscle quality by measuring fat percentage and overall body fat in targeted muscle groups like the biceps [BAHY-seps] and abs.

The technology behind the product has been used in major hospitals all over the US for 30 years. The product itself has been developed for 10 years. Through a fruitful crowd-funding campaign, the device will finally be out in the market in May this year. It will cost $149.

The device is a simple small box that looks like a smartphone. It is used by pressing the box against any major muscle group. After three seconds or less, Skulpt Aim will read the muscle composition and display the analysis on the built-in LCD screen. The screen will show information about the fat percentage and muscle quality. Then, these two data are combined to form the MQ or the muscle quality.

The MQ information will then help a person understand the health of his or her muscle on a particular body part. With this information, a person may have an idea on how to improve his or her overall fitness.

The functions of Skulpt Aim could be a major breakthrough for those who need precise details on their muscle health.

The Skulpt Aim team explains that the device will also help health enthusiasts understand their body more. Furthermore, the device enables people to come up with a more balanced approach to fitness. 

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Would you be interested to buy this product? Why or why not?
·         What could be the other advantages of using this product? Kindly discuss.

Discussion B

·         If you could invent a new device for good health, what would it be and why?
·         Why do you think creating health devices is becoming more common nowadays?


March 13, 2014