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7 Awesome Wearable Techs That You Never Knew About

7 Awesome Wearable Techs That You Never Knew About

Wearable technology is kind of a big deal nright ow. It doesn’t matter what part of the industry you look at. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have ridiculous light up cloths now. You can put things on your wrist that could double for medical equipment. In the near future, we’ll have smart glasses, smart cloths, and other smart objects. Some of this stuff is already available now. Here are some wearable techs you can get your hands on right now.

1. Misfit Shine Activity Tracker


    Price:

    $99.99

    The Misfit Chine Activity Tracker is a minimal piece of wearable tech that tracks your activities. It’s great for people who want to see how far they’ve run or what they’re doing but don’t want the weighty, bulky, and in-the-way wearable techs that other companies have. There is a companion app that is available for iOS and Android where you can also do things like plan workouts and see your progress. It’s also relatively cheap compared to other wearables.

    2. FitBark

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      Price:

      $59.99 – $99.99

      There are a ton of activity tracker wearables for people but there is also one for animals! This one is called FitBark and it’s designed to let you see how active your dog is. A lot of people have dogs that aren’t getting enough exercise and using this wearable, you know whether or not Fido needs another trip outside to play some Frisbee. You can even use the stats to see if your dog isn’t feeling well (because their activity will be way down just like ours is). It’s in the Kickstarter phase right now but the project was funded twice over so we expect this to be readily available eventually.

      3. UP 24 by Fitbit

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        Price:

        $99.99 – $115.99

        UP 24 is another activity tracker (we promise, this is the last one). This one is a more fashionable version that comes in several colors so you can get one that goes well with your clothes. Like with the others, there is a companion app. The premise behind this one is that it’s supposed to help you see how you sleep, your activity, and other things. The app will even take a look at what you eat and drink to see if maybe your weight may be a diet problem and not an exercise problem.

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        4. GPSports

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          Price:

          $2000-$3000

          GPSports is among the world’s highest quality trackers. It’s used by professional athletes the world over to help track their performance, vitals, and injuries. They can take a serious beating, be used with other units to track entire teams worth of people, and they’re extremely expensive. It won’t be long until more people in more sports get in on these.

          5. Alert Shirt

            Price: Not out yet

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            The Alert Shirt is a fun shirt idea that lets you feel what players feel in your favorite sports. If you watch the video on the homepage, they explain it better than I can but here’s how it works. You put on this shirt and connect it to the app via Bluetooth. Then, during matches, when your favorite player gets nervous, excited, or (in contact sports) gets waxed by his competition, the shirt will response and let you know what the player is feeling. It’s admittedly niche but it’s still really cool.

            6. Navigate

              Price: Not out yet

              Navigate is a GPS enabled jacket that helps guide you around. Here’s how it works. There are electronics built into the back of the jacket. When you need to go right, the right side of the jacket will vibrate briefly, and the left side will vibrate when you need to turn left. It’ll then vibrate altogether briefly when you’ve arrived at your destination. You don’t have the visual comfort of having a map but you should be able to get to where you’re going on foot without a problem and without looking into your phone.

              7. LED Clothing

              Price: Varies

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              In the video for Navigate, you’ll also see a bit about this next one which is clothing that have LED lights in them. This seems really cheesy at first but as the technology evolves, you’ll find that you can do all sorts of things. It’s kind of a way to design your own clothes because you can make the LEDs flash in various shapes or not at all if you so choose. It’s a unique way to express yourself and thanks to celebrities like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, this is a fashion that’s starting to gain mainstream popularity.

              Wearable techs are everywhere but they’re still kind of new. Over the next couple of decades, we’re going to see a wave of amazing things happen in the world of wearable technology. These are just a few awesome examples of where this is headed!

              Featured photo credit: ECouterre via ecouterre.com

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              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

              Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

              Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

              Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

              So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

              Joe’s Goals

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                Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                Daytum

                  Daytum

                  is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                  Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                  Excel or Numbers

                    If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                    What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                    Evernote

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                      I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                      Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                      Access or Bento

                        If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                        Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                        You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                        Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                        All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                        Conclusion

                        I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                        What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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