DVICE guest blogger Alan Danzis is helping us plug a hole here, writing about fitness tech as someone who uses it and loves it. There's a lot of not-so-expensive, smart gadgets and apps out there that not only help you keep track of how well you're living healthy, but talk to one another for even more functionality. Last year, I started to finally get serious about living a healthier life because of my genetically high blood pressure. Seriously, high blood pressure at 29 and now at 30? I'm a gadget person at heart, and I found that if I invested in gadgets to control and monitor my health, it would help keep me on track. If I spent X amount of money on this pedometer, for instance, odds were, I would keep using it. Below are what I think are the eight best apps and gadgets to help you lead a healthier life. I own and/or use most of them regularly; the rest are ones I'm either currently researching or am very, very close to purchasing (at least within their category).
One of the experiments heading into space when Atlantis launches at the end of the week is a magical bag that can turn any kind of liquid (any kind of liquid) into a tasty electrolyte-filled sports drink without needing any energy input at all.
Hot on the heels of India's injection-based birth control for men that is 100% effective, lasts ten years and also turns every man into the perfect cook, masseuse and pedicurist — all true, folks! — comes the news of a birth control pill being developed here in the U.S. that's fast acting and has no side effects.
Keeping track of everything we eat would be a great idea, and I'm sure we'd learn all kinds of things we don't really want to know about our diet and overall health. Until now it's been a major hassle to do this, but tiny digestible RFID tags could automate the entire process for every single piece of food that we consume.
Know someone who is impossible to wake up? You know, that someone who's got three alarm clocks scattered all over their room, or a coffee machine with a grinder so loud it sounds like the world is ending? (Yeah, they make those.) Well, tell that sleepy head to stop messing around. We're talking alarm clocks that run away from you, shock you when you try to sleep in and even steal your real, hard-earned money if you try to snooze. Click on the gallery below to see them all.
Generally, you want to avoid getting infected with a virus. But a new study shows that scientists could use a virus to trick your brain into making you less hungry. Hey, it's easier than exercising!
Why anyone would ever need to have a sauna treatment on the go is beyond my realm of understanding. But for the man or woman that's always in a rush, vibrating sauna pants might just be the gadget to help them "sweat" off their stress.
We've all stared at that last hot dog in the wrapper or sniffed at a carton of milk with crossed fingers. Thanks to some Scottish scientists working on a new "intelligent plastic" that changes color once food is spoiled, our stomachs will no longer be at the mercy of our dubious testing methods.
In this post-Aron Ralston/127 Hours world, every extreme adventurer will want to carry both an iPhone or an iPod Touch and this Spot Connect, which connects you to the Globalstar satellite phone network. Y'know, unless you want your outdoor adventure to literally cost an arm or a leg!
Holing up in your geek lair for the winter can feel something like being locked in an air tight space station, so it only makes sense to use astronaut-like methods to clean your air with something like the Andrea Air Purifier.