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...Read More
Just this week, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) released new recommendations for middle and high school students, stating they should not start school until 8:30am, which for my middle schooler would be a full hour and a half later than she needs to be at school. Additionally, they suggest kids 13-18 should be getting at least eight to ten hours of sleep per night, because, as they noted, it can greatly improve everything from school performance to reaction time (which is important if you’ve got kids who drive). Until schools are able to make adjustments to their start...Read More
I’ve figured out that I’m the type of person who needs a quick but effective workout that I can do from my home, without expensive equipment (that takes up space I don’t have). So, my new obsession has been the free 8fit app (iOS and Android). It’s a collection of 10-minute full-body exercises that require no equipment. Related: Here’s what happened when we tried the Whole30 diet Related: 3 fitness apps for the not-so-fit. No judgment here. Once you’re in the app, you’ll customize your fitness goals — anything from “gain muscle mass” to “lose fat” — as well as setting your...Read More
If your stress hormones have spiking lately, here are 3 meditation apps we’ve personally tried that can really help you reclaim your thoughts and cultivate a sense of calm and well-being. Because doesn’t that sound great right now? Stop, Breathe & Think Related: 8 ways to make your iPhone less distracting Our editor Kristen recommended this one on a Today show segment about the best apps for keeping your New Year’s resolutions, and I can totally see why. Stop, Breathe & Think begins with a very brief check-in, asking you how you’re feeling physically and emotionally. Based on your answers,...Read More
We saw a ton of new smart home products launch last year, with offerings from Nest, WeMo, smart doorbells and much more. But wow, after walking the floors at the CES conference last week, it’s clear that 2017 will bring even more integration between products, along with smarter functions, remote access, and voice recognition. Let’s just say Alexa, the voice and software behind Amazon Echo, ruled. Here, 8 of the coolest (and craziest) smart home products I saw at the show that I think you will want to have on your radar, parents. Related: A smart WiFi Thermostat: Crazy or cool? LG Smart InstaView Fridge Bring on the...Read More
Every year at CES, companies roll out some of the coolest new tech of the year, lots of which you have seen (or will see) right here on Cool Mom Tech. Then there are the tech gadgets that have us scratching our heads. Or if we had the Hair Coach smart brush, stroking our heads. Then checking our phone to see how it affected our hair quality. For real. It doesn’t surprise me that this gadget exists, considering how obsessed many of us (including me, not gonna lie!) are with our hair. A collaboration between Withings, L’Oréal, and Kérastase — some...Read More
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....Read More
When the end of Daylight Savings hit a couple weeks ago, I looked at all the well-rested, bright-eyed people around me with scorn. My 3-year-old woke up at the exact same time, except now an hour earlier, making me pine for the days when an extra hour actually meant something. Well, with Ooly, a new sleep gadget designed for kids, maybe it can. Ooly is a sleep training gadget that relies on color cues for your child to determine when it’s time to be sleeping and when it’s okay to wake up. Red? Still sleep time. Green? You can come...Read More
I have a bit of a toothbrush obsession, which is greatly exacerbated by the all-time biggest candy-eating holiday of the year. I’d like to blame it on working for a dentist for many years, but it’s probably because I feel like everything is going since turning 40 and I’m determined to keep my teeth and gums in tip-top shape. That’s why I was more than willing to give the quip electric toothbrush a try. Related: Toothbrushes delivered right to your door. Our kind of tooth fairy. Created with the hopes that design would have a bigger impact on oral...Read More
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom who’s had a toddler run away and hide when I need to take their temperature. The struggle is real. That’s why I’m loving the new Elmo smart thermometer from Kinsa. Unlike the original Kinsa smart thermometer, which is an under-the-tongue thermometer that actually plugs into your smart phone, this is a Bluetooth ear thermometer, making it so much easier to use with kids. Plus, Elmo! Related: LiveHealth Online app – Get a doctor visit right on your mobile device What we love about the Kinsa smart thermometers is that they let you track your family’s health data in personal profiles right in their Kinsa...Read More
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