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ResMed S+ Sleep Monitor Review – Nightstand Ninja

ResMed S+ Sleep Monitor Review – Nightstand Ninja

I'm obsessed with sleep. Of all the metrics that make up the quantified self, it's probably the one which most intrigues me, not to mention most confuses me. Until now, though, it's also been one of the toughest to accurately measure: wearable monitors wrapped around your wrist can themselves disturb your patterns. So, while ResMed's S+ observing you from your nightstand and doing entirely contactless sleep tracking might seem creepy or far-fetched at first, the potential usefulness could well exceed any weirdness about being watched. I donned my most fetching nightcap to test it out.

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Stridalyzer smart insoles show how you run

Stridalyzer smart insoles show how you run

Smart products tailored to runners have been cropping up, including the Bionic Runner bike that combines running and cycling into a single hybrid activity. The latest to surface for the marathons among us are the Stridalyzer smart insoles, something users slip into their running shoes. Data from a running session is sent to a related mobile app, which shows stress points, whether the runner has a potentially harmful foot strike habit, pacing, and more. As a bonus, and despite the integrated sensors, the insoles can also be trimmed up to a full shoe size to ensure they fit.

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RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper update gives smartwatch users GPS sans phone

RunKeeper has pushed out an update that brings some requested features to smartwatch owners (certain smartwatches, at least). The most notable of the changes is support for wearables that have their own GPS, eliminating the need to lug a phone around while out running or doing other activities. Those who have earbuds with heart rate monitoring can now use them with the latest update, as well, eliminating the need to use a less convenient heart monitor like a chest strap.

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JINS MEME takes a literally different look at smart glasses

JINS MEME takes a literally different look at smart glasses

Smart glasses seem to really be on the rise again, perhaps for good, perhaps for a brief spurt again. But whatever the trend in smart eyewear, Tokyo-based eyewear maker JINS is putting a different spin on the device class. While most, if not all, smart glasses are content to look at the world outside, the JINS MEME smart eyewear takes a look at the world within, that is, your own body. In a nutshell, MEME tries to gauge your health simply by observing your eyes and your head movement.

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Jawbone UP3 delayed until 2015

Jawbone UP3 delayed until 2015

Jawbone has delayed the release of its new flagship activity tracker, the Jawbone UP3, pushing the sensor-toting wristband back into early 2015 as it grapples with production. Announced back in November, the ambitious wearable introduces a bioimpedance sensor alongside the usual movement tracking, with which Jawbone is promising not only heart rate monitoring but - with future firmware updates - new metrics like galvanic skin response, respiratory rate, and hydration rate. That flexibility could give UP3 the edge over rival health bands, including the upcoming Apple Watch, but it's also seemingly presenting issues for Jawbone actually getting it out the door.

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MOCAheart portable health sensor nestles in a phone case

MOCAheart portable health sensor nestles in a phone case

Another smart health device has arrived, this one being a thin sensor device independent of pedometers, bracelets, and other typical designs used with fitness tech. Called MOCAheart, the sensor allows the user to check their vitals by pressing a couple fingers over the device, which itself can be fixed to the back of a smartphone using a case. Interestingly enough, the device can also detect hand tremors. As you'd expect, MOCAheart comes with a related app that displays and aggregates the health data.

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Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Runtastic has a 7-minute VR workout in the works

Running on a treadmill in your living room or doing pushups in the bedroom can be boring. Really, really boring. A gym would be better, but it’s just not always possible. Runtastic is about to change the home workout, and is planning to introduce a version of their famous 7-minute workout for the Oculus Rift. As you might imagine, the app will give you an immersive 3D environment for your workout, but won’t be a radical departure from what you might be used to with your existing workout app.

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Official Navy SEAL training & fitness app ranks you against the elite

Official Navy SEAL training & fitness app ranks you against the elite

Thinking of joining the U.S. armed forces with the hopes of becoming a candidate for the Navy SEAL program? Or just in fit condition and looking for a new challenge? The Official Navy SEAL Training app for iPhone is probably what you're looking for then, allowing you to test yourself against the actual physical screening test that SEAL candidates must pass to even be accepted into the program.

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Movo Wave fitness tracker taps the lower end

Movo Wave fitness tracker taps the lower end

We've entered the age of the inexpensive smart wearable device, here with the Movo Wave most recently. The Movo Wave displaces the Misfit Flash for the least expensive wearable with the ability to track your fitness on the block. Now we'll just have to see how one compares to the other - especially since the Misfit Flash left such an impression on us earlier this year. This device will be the new lowest-end - not for quality, necessarily, but certainly for pricing off the bat.

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Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

Fineck smart necklace tracks posture, neck health

If you're looking for an activity tracker to keep tabs on your daily activities but don't like the idea of wearing a wristband, the folks at Veari have an alternative: Fineck, a smart necklace that tracks health metrics while worn around the neck. As with wristbands, Fineck tracks common information like distance traveled, as well as neck positions, balance, and posture, providing the information on various charts through the related smartphone app.

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