health stories

Date rape is a serious problem that can be tricky to stop. Sure you could watch your drink like a hawk all night, but realistically it's almost impossible to tell when some creep has spiked your drink with a date rape drug. One solution is this specially treated glassware, which clearly warns you if someone has been fooling around with your beverage.
Using tech to monitor and our health is becoming increasingly common, but the myriad of new gadgets being introduced can be a little bit confusing, making adoption relatively slow. Now a new company has figured out a way to combine emerging health tech with an item we're already comfortably familiar with— an iPhone case.
In the year we've waited anxiously for Jawbone to re-release its fitness tracker, the company has been hard at work trying to perfect every last detail. While Up was certainly a trailblazer when it first debuted and is still a perfectly respectable health monitor now, it's a year late to the game, and the health tracking market has gotten a lot more crowded since. Within that year, Jawbone had gone through 200 hardware designs, 16,000 man hours, 46 weeks of user trials, 2.9 million hours of real-world user testing, 13 billion steps and more to improve upon the flaws that had rendered some units useless the last time around. Here's our review.
If you toss and turn at night, a host of gadgets are eager to help you get some quality shut eye. As with health-tracking technology, it's ultimately up to you to be proactive and fix the issues that keep you up. Sleep monitors collect a wealth of information when you snooze — brain waves, motion, heartbeat, breathing, etc. — and ideally provide an online component that compiles this data into beautiful charts to help you understand your habits over time. While informative, sleep analytics can't tell the whole story. Instead, it's up to the sleeper to fill in the gaps. To fully take advantage of these technologies, it's recommended that you log additional information in sleep journals (often provided by apps or Web dashboards), noting how you felt upon waking and chronicling factors that might have contributed to poor sleep, such as alcohol, coffee, temperature, bright lights, big meals, etc. This can help you see correlations between lifestyle/environment and body. Of course, not all sleep gadgets were made equal. Let's take a look at nine popular ones on the market and what they offer.