Tag: exercise

Turn any water bottle into a smart water bottle with Ulla

Recently we’ve seen a lot of smart hydration tech options come onto the market lately. A few months ago, I tried out the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle, and I liked the way it subtly reminded me to take a sip of H2O and tracked my progress in its app. So, I was very curious about the new, much-less expensive Ulla intelligent hydration reminder which I purchased to test out. Unlike smart water bottles that have a tracking device built into them, the Ulla is simply a silicone band with a clip-on tracker that you can attach to any water bottle. Whenever 40 minutes goes by without you taking a drink, the...

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How a smart water bottle has really helped me drink more water. And that’s a good thing.

When we first heard about Bluetooth-enabled water bottles last year, we were a little skeptical here at Cool Mom Tech. I mean, how hard is it to just drink a glass of water, right? But when Hidrate Spark sent me one of their smart water bottles to try, I thought, why not? If nothing else, it’s a nice water bottle. So, I gave it a try for a solid week and I have to say that I’m sold. Also, peeing a lot.   Related: The coolest new wearable fitness trackers of 2016 Related: 3 free fitness apps for the not-so-fit....

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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...

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Garmin Forerunner 15 review: A combination fitness tracker and GPS sport watch to turn your workouts up a notch

Since the introduction of the Apple Watch last week, there’s been rumblings about whether that gadget could replace fitness trackers like the FitBit Flex and Jawbone UP. But even though I’ve yet to get my hands on Apple’s entry into the wearable tech market, after using the Garmin Forerunner 15 through a few running races and a half Ironman distance triathlon this summer — and all the training that went into them — I think it’ll be tough to beat this combination fitness tracker and GPS sport watch that doesn’t look too bad on my wrist, thank you very much. We...

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The new Apple Watch: Is it right for you?

Yesterday, we shared a ton of big Apple news with you – the advancements in the iPhone 6, iOS 8, Apple Pay, namely – but that wasn’t all of it by any means. The other huge buzz: Apple is finally hitting the wearable device market and there’s no doubt they’re leaving all other manufacturers shaking in their boots with the release of Apple Watch. Of course it’s a watch (the name kind of tips you off), and only Apple would ensure that it keeps time within 50 milliseconds of the global time standard and auto-adjusts to your time zone. But obviously that’s not the real...

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Sync Smartband: A little peace of mind around their wrists

These days, there’s no shortage of cool tech that families can wear around their wrists, but it’s about to get more useful and sophisticated with the development of the Sync Smartband. Made in sizes for kids and their grown ups, this little watch-sized wristband promises to help a family track their fitness, health and allergy information, even the whereabouts of the kids in case someone wanders off at the mall. Currently a fully funded Indiegogo project with a couple of days of fundraising left (hurry!), what I like about the Sync Smartband is that it will provide useful information for people outside of my immediate...

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The Jyrobike: Science meets technology meets whoa, my kid is finally riding a bike.

Editor’s Note (April 2015): Due to numerous issues with order fulfillment and reports about non-response from this company, we are compelled to rescind our recommendation of this company. We’re deeply disappointed by this because we value the awesome opportunity that crowdfunding provides so many small companies and this just takes away opportunities from others who really do need the support and plan to follow through. We feel strongly that instances like this are few and far between and do not want to deter anyone from continuing to support crowdfunding campaigns. — Getting my oldest off of training wheels was...

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Lumafit fitness tracker: Wearable fitness tech for your ear.

I’m a triathlete and a data geek, so as you might imagine, I keep my eye on cool new innovations in fitness technology. Which is why I was intrigued when I discovered the Lumafit fitness tracker, now on Kickstarter. The Lumafit uses some of the brand new fitness technology that we saw at the International CES earlier this year, going way beyond what wrist-based fitness trackers can do, like the Jawbone UP or FitBit Flex. It’s worn at head level, attached to your ear, which means it’s intended to track core movements more accurately, from cardio activities like running and biking,...

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Pregnancy apps get a run for their money with Totally Pregnant

We have covered pregnancy apps in the past like We’re Pregnant and Sprout, and now the Totally Pregnant app is another awesome one to add to the ranks. As for me, after recently having baby #3, the shop is closed and I’m done, but seeing someone pregnant or an awesomely comprehensive pregnancy app like this one does make me wistful. Just a little bit. Free for iPhone and Android this app tells you everything you’d want to know during your pregnancy about baby’s growth, your health, baby gear, expert advice and fun facts about fetal development. When I saw initially saw the colorful rotating dial for...

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Jawbone UP24 for Android is here. Get ready to get sweaty.

Since Android users have to wait for so much of the cool apps we cover, we’re always thrilled to announce when one we love finally hits Google Play. This time, it’s the Jawbone UP24 for Android. Now Android users can get the same real-time fitness feedback that we cheered about in our fitness band smackdown earlier this year. We weren’t surprised that the Android app took a bit longer, since the Jawbone UP24 band syncs with the app via Bluetooth, other gadgets have been busy working out the kinks between Bluetooth standards and Android apps. Considering how many problems...

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