If you’re considering a fitness tracker purchase this winter — especially with the holiday food and party season coming up, yeesh! — there’s a new device on the market you may want to consider. While most fitness trackers will calculate your steps and calories earned, and even your heart rate and sleep habits, the Spire anti-stress tracker is the first one we’ve seen that monitors your mental health as well. You wear the Spire tracker on your waistband or inside your bra — which is decidedly less comfortable for me, I must say. While it’s against your body, it tracks your breathing patterns,...Read More
Category: Fitness + Health
A few years ago, you could spot someone wearing a big, black, rubber band-looking fitness tracker a mile away. I’m so happy that fashion has integrated its way very nicely when it comes to wearable tech, and I’m especially thankful for designers who are getting in the game now from Tori Burch to Swarovski. The latest to throw a hat into the ring: Jonathan Adler whose whimsical use of color, pattern design is giving a stylish upgrade to the original Garmin Vivofit fitness tracker. I’m a fan of Adler’s — his geometric print iPhone case is even encasing my phone now. So I’m really happy...Read More
Oh, Daylight Savings. The time that non-parents cheer for that extra hour of sleep. As for me, I kind of dread the shorter daylight hours knowing that Seasonal Affective Disorder tends to hit me hard. I get tired, cranky (sorry, colleagues), crave carbs up the whazoo, and have trouble staying up much past the kids do. So, after much begging from friends for me to try the benefits of light therapy lamps, I recently spent more hours than you can imagine searching websites, cross-checking reviews, and finally nailing down the one light therapy lamp that seemed like it could help me over the long...Read More
With so many wearables on the market to track everything from health to sleep, it was only a matter of time before we saw something like YONO, the first in-ear wearable made just for tracking your fertility. Pop the tiny, silicone encased thermometer in your ear and it records your basal body temperature, evidently to provide the most accurate info about your ovulation cycles. Related: 3 of the smartest wearable baby monitors that you won’t believe. I’d imagine it works similarly to in-ear thermometers, which can provide more accurate readings than those you pop under an armpit. Also, because it’s tracking at night, it...Read More
I’ve raved about the SPIbelt sport belt in the past because, well, it’s fantastic. And since mine was with by my side (literally) through another half Ironman race last month, I was really excited to check out a possible upgrade, their new SPIbelt Performance Series sport belt, and see how it compared to the original. The Performance Series has a larger pocket than the original — a big plus for iPhone 6/6+ and Samsung Galaxy users. Even better, that pocket is now weather-resistant, which is helpful whether you’re caught in the rain, or you’re pouring cups of water over your head to cool off....Read More
The Misfit Flash Link: Track your activity, control your music, take a selfie. Yes, you read that correctly.
There are no shortage of activity trackers on the market, with new ones like the Misfit Flash Link being added every day. It’s hard to keep up! But unlike the other wearable tech devices we’ve seen, this one appears to go beyond tracking your steps and sleep like every single other one other there, all for under $20! We’ve featured the Misfit Shine fitness tracker on Cool Mom Tech before, which is a more serious fitness tracker that tracks almost every single kind of activity in a very stylish way. The Flash however, and now, the Flash Link, functions a...Read More
Wow, we’ve come a long way from the mercury thermometers we held under our tongues as kids (or uh elsewhere) haven’t we? New innovations in digital thermometers are like a whole new world. They can send info to your smartphone, track your symptoms and share them with your playgroup or school, and they can even alert us if a temperature spikes overnight. Wow. Here are a couple of innovations in digital thermometers that we’re pretty impressed with, and that seem to be saving a whole lot of parents a whole lot of stress and hassle right now. Because as we all know, having a...Read More
Wearable fitness tech is super hot right now. (Duh, right?) And with all the rad, new stuff coming down the line, it almost feels as if we’re getting a mini workout just trying to keep up. I especially like these cool, stylish fitness trackers for men that don’t look like the typical tracker at all. Because some folks like their workout tech to blend in with their everyday style, as opposed to wearing it so obviously on their sleeves. It’s one of the reasons I’ve been coveting this lovely Tory Burch for FitBit bracelet for months. One day, my darling. One day...Read More
For years, Volvo is of course known for their automobile safety technology, but their latest endeavor is meant to help keep people safe from cars and it’s pretty cool. Volvo LifePaint is a water-based reflective safety spray that can be applied on pretty much any surface, making those objects (like say your bike) much more visible in the dark and hopefully, save a lot a lives. The difference is pretty amazing, when you look at the before and after shots. We’ve shared lots of other smart illuminated products to help keep kids and families safe, like the Halo Belt and Revolights, but...Read More
V.ALRT: The affordable personal emergency alert device that makes getting help easy. Even if you hope it never gets used.
When I first heard about the V.ALRT personal emergency alert device I immediately went to I’ve fallen and can’t get up. I figured it was just some newfangled version of those Life Alert medical bracelets and it turns out, it kind of is — and if you have elderly parents or a child with wanderlust (or of course, a medical condition), that’s actually a good thing. Think of V.ALRT as a wearable panic button that connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth. It sends alerts to up to 3 designated emergency contacts by text, phone call or both if you’re in danger, lost, in need of help, or —...Read More