We love gadgets of every kind, be it appliances for the kitchen or electronic ones for hiking or camping trips. We have even featured wearable gadgets for you, and a few cool ones designed for your pets, just to cover everyone in the family.
When FINIS announced the new Neptune swimming MP3 player two months ago I was skeptical. I was pretty happy with the previous generation – the SwiMP3. It was smaller, and and thus for most swimmers, that’s a critical selling point. But after using it a bit, I’ve formed some different opinions on it – which might surprise you. Because I want to be transparent about my reviews – FINIS sent me a final production Neptune unit to test out. Later this week I’ll send it back to FINIS and then go out and get my own (to be able to support y’all in the comments section down the road). Simple as that. Sorta like hiking in wilderness trails – leave only footprints. If you find my review useful, you can use any of the Amazon or Clever Training links from this page to help support future reviews. Lastly, at the end of the day keep in mind I’m just like any other regular athlete out there. I write these reviews because I’m inherently a curious person with a technology background, and thus I try and be as complete as I can. But, if I’ve missed something or if you spot something that doesn’t quite jive – just let me know and I’ll be happy to get it all sorted out. Also, because the technology world constantly changes, I try and go back and update these reviews as new features and functionality are added – or if bugs are fixed.
Fitbit has expanded its range of activity trackers, with new model Blaze entering the watch market with stylish, colourful looks and more swipable functions than its more minimalist siblings. The Fitbit Blaze is an attractive watch, but at its heart it’s a sophisticated activity tracker that boasts not just multisport options but smartphone Caller ID, calendar and text display functions.
Long before Google Glass entered the wearable tech market, there was 4iiii’s Sportiiiis: a small device that attaches to your sunglasses to let you know—via brightly-colored LEDs—how your workout is going. While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that Google Glass offers, the Sportiiiis is a neat gadget ideal for distance runners and cyclists. We reviewed the Sportiiiis + Viiiiva kit, but these are actually two different products that you can purchase separately ($150 for the Sportiiiis and $80 for the Viiiiva) or together ($200). The Sportiiiis is an LED-based display that attaches to a pair of sunglasses and connects wirelessly to various sensors, while the Viiiiva is one of those sensors—specifically, a chest strap heart-rate monitor. 4iiii Innovations also sells other sensors that work with the Sportiiiis, including the Riiiide bike speed/cadence sensor ($60) and the Striiiide running speed/cadence sensor.
Can’t really manage your portions by sheer willpower? HAPIfork is a gadget that can help you reduce your eating pace. The sensors notify you through tiny vibrations when you’re ‘speeding’. It can also track your eating duration, the amount and intervals of ‘fork servings’ per minute. All your data can be tracked with the accompanying app and transferred with a mini USB. The ‘brain’ of the HAPIfork is hidden in the body but can be removed for safe washing. [$99] Withings Thermo
Health gadgets are getting particularly better and faster this year — take the Withings Thermo ($100), for example. This product has 16 sensors to read your temperature in two seconds. It also can connect via WiFi to an app, where you can keep track of your readings.