Who doesn’t love a good metric, among friends? There’s a reason why “The Guinness Book of World Records” is so popular: people love to know the furthest, the shortest, the most, and the least.
Let’s get personal. Below are four aspects of your daily life that can be measured up by new-age inventions.
1. Track your workout
Lifewire ranks HeavySet as the best workout log app available for iOS, with Strong (iOS and Android) in second place. The number of apps on the market that track weight-lifting and workout sets is staggering. All of these apps work with a smartphone.
Fitbit has wearable wristbands, clips, and watches. Do you know how far you walk every day, based on the number of steps? How about how many calories you burned during that walk around the block? From displaying physical activity levels to issuing “reminders to move,” these stand-alone high-tech devices can also give phone and text notifications, calendar alerts, store music, make payments, and conduct Guided Breathing Sessions.
Smaller than its rival, Fitbit, Motiv Ring tracks key cardio data like the number of steps taken in a day or heart rate. It’s also waterproof. Surf’s up!
2. Track your blood alcohol level (BAC)
BACtrack transforms your smartphone into a portable breathalyzer. Available in several models, BACtrack gets great reviews and claims to be the leader in its field.
However, a contender is currently in development. Not ready for sale yet, soon you may be able to sport a Proof wristband. Described as “sleek” and designed to accessorize your couture, you need never again face the expense, social stigma, and harsh, legal consequences of getting a DUI – or so its inventors claim. This novel BAC detector can measure alcohol molecules through the skin and transmit the data to its smartphone app.
Proof wristband and smartphone companion app
3. Track your sleep.
Ever wonder how many times a night you wake up during a night’s sleep? It turns out the FitBitOne not only measures how many steps taken and overall physical activity level, but it also has a sleep mode. When activated, tireless little gadget continues to record your every movement, from toss to turn. Find out who’s really stealing the blankets from the complete report available the following morning.
After good night’s rest, waking up (unlike breaking up) need not be hard to do. The Sleep as Android app is a “smart alarm” that awakens the sleeper at optimal times during sleep cycles, and with music, chirping birds, or heavy metal music – whatever the user sets. Before you yawn, “So what?” know that it can detect irregular sleep patterns or a cumulative sleep deficit – and it listens to ambient sounds, like snoring, and can help diagnose sleep apnea or other disorder.
4. Track your heart.
Smartsound Corporation’s Skeeper is basically a pocket-sized stethoscope which listens to and analyzes the beating heart. Any irregularities are reported, and claims to be able to detect stress levels, and it will recommend exercises to do, as well as advise “yea” or “nay” on that next cup of coffee or glass of wine. Skeeper connects to its free app for Android and iOS for results in seconds.
First, Samsung rolled out their Gear Fit wearable wristband. Its curved display can show you data from its onboard heart rate sensor, pedometer, has modes for running/walking/cycling/hiking – and includes a sleep monitor:
Samsung followed with their Gear Fit 2, which adds onboard GPS and offline music storage for Spotify – plus, water resistance to 5 atmospheres (50 meters)! Notwithstanding these very groovy features, some critics believe the higher price doesn’t offset the value of its predecessor.
Gear Fit 2
Successful individuals stay organized and on top of daily details, with long-term goals. It should come as no surprise, then, that media mogul Rupert Murdoch revealed:
“I now wear a Jawbone. This is a bracelet that keeps track of how I sleep, move and eat – transmitting that information to the cloud. It allows me to track and maintain my health much better.”
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a millionaire to feel like a million bucks, thanks to personal health trackers.