Recently, a representative from Verizon Wireless was nice enough to send over a few gadgets for me to get a look at. The items were based around the theme of “fitness” and given how much King Cake I’ve eaten this year, it is probably pretty appropriate. Let’s dig right in.
The first item is called a Fitbit. I was familiar with this item already because my mom has had one for years. It is a really cool all purpose health tool that is much more than a pedometer. Sure, the Fitbit tracks how many steps you took, and how far you walked in a given day but the best part of Fitbit is the online analytics that come with setting up an account. By plugging it into your computer and logging on to what they call “The Dashboard” you can review your fitness progress through the month, seeing when you actually burned calories and when you were being lazy. The idea is that if you can pinpoint the routine of when you sit on the couch and eat a bag of Zapps of chips instead of being active you can work to change that. And it’s addictive.
It also has a function that tracks your sleeping habits. If you are constantly tired and think it’s because you're not sleeping enough, perhaps Fitbit can help you track that. It won’t, of course, help you sleep better, but it can track how many times you are getting up in the middle of the night and how restless your sleep was. Hey, at least you know then, right?
Fitbit = roughly $100, totally recommend.
The second item was a Sony Smartwatch. It is a watch face that wirelessly connects to your phone and allows quicker access to apps like facebook, calendars and maps. So, if someone sent you a facebook message, it would go to your phone, then shoot to your watch. Which, I guess is neat? I don’t really see the point of this gadget.... Is it really that hard to pull out your phone and check stuff? (I suppose if you worked in an environment where you weren’t allowed to have your phone out it would be useful). Plus certain apps, like the maps one, are really hard to read because the screen is small. And it’s only android based... so iPhone users are out of luck. Finally, I’m fairly convinced a fashionista like Laura Buchtel wouldn’t be caught dead wearing this.
Smartwatch = roughly $125, do not recommend.
The last item was a Withings WiFi scale. This scale is to your old, dumb scale what smart phones were to old, dumb phones. You set up an online account and link the scale to WiFi... then every time you step onto it, it sends your weight info to a personal tracking web page. It then calculates your BMI and body fat percentage for you. It’s similar in theory to the Fitbit, but instead of tracking the amount of calories you lost in a day/week/month it tracks your specific weight. There is also an app for your phone you can use to track your info... which is handy.
Withings WiFi Scale = roughly $140, sort of recommend (the price is a little steep)