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Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Stir Kinetic Desk M1 hands-on: Even smarter standing

Sit-stand desks have gone from curiosity to legitimate ergonomic boon, and smart desk startup Stir is back with a new, cleverer and more affordable take on the standing desk. After surprising us with a touchscreen-controlled, high-end desk back in late 2013, the new Stir Kinetic Desk M1 takes the lessons of that $4k behemoth and translates them into something faster and more flexible. I caught up with the Stir team to find out why swifter touch, US-made hardware, and the power of both wearables and the cloud make the new model special - and, most importantly, whether people actually care about changing position once the novelty has worn off.

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Bellabeat Leaf tracks women’s activities, reproductive health

Bellabeat Leaf tracks women’s activities, reproductive health

We've seen a lot of smartwatches and activity trackers, especially in the recent CES 2015, but Bellabeat was able to grab a very niche market that is proving to be quite popular and profitable for the small company: women and especially new and expectant mothers. Last year, Bellabeat unveiled three smart products that specifically catered to that market, one of which will soon get a nifty upgrade. The Bellabeat Leaf will soon not only be able to tell women about their sleep cycle, they will also be able to tell them about their reproductive cycle as well.

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Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft Band and Health get first big content update

Microsoft's relatively new Band wearable (check out our review) has received its first big content update, and with it comes a particular focus on Guided Workouts, which is said to be one of the more popular offerings consumers get with the device. Likewise the Health app has been updated as part of this, and Microsoft promises this is the first of what will soon be a series of updates -- more details on those future updates will be forthcoming soon enough.

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AmpStrip packs Band-Aid with biometrics: Hands-on

AmpStrip packs Band-Aid with biometrics: Hands-on

Fitness wearables haven't been in short supply here at CES, but whether they're on your wrist as a watch or band, or clipped to your clothes, there's the hassle of always remembering to attach them. AmpStrip aims to bypass that by sticking to your skin, a digital, wireless Band-Aid that can track heart rate and movement and then funnel that data via Bluetooth to your phone. By opting for direct skin contact, AmpStrip says, not only are the biometric readings more accurate, but you can go several days without having to think about the sensor itself.

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Smart health for kids: eSkin Thermometer, Smart Pacifier

Smart health for kids: eSkin Thermometer, Smart Pacifier

Why should grownups get all the smart toys? In the ever growing attempt to make everything smarter, a few companies are gearing up to address the youngest generation as well. But these two particular smart products don't simply cater to kids. Unlike entertainment or even educational smart devices, this VivaLnk eSkin Termometer and BlueMaestro Pacif-i Smart Pacifier are specifically designed to help kids go through the horrifying ordeal of being sick, with as minimum fuss or stress for both the kid and their parent.

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HTC announces fitness partnership with Under Armour

HTC announces fitness partnership with Under Armour

When you’re working out, there’s a good chance you’re wearing Under Armour. The fitness apparel and footwear brand has a solid reputation as in that realm, and is attempting to take it a step further by introducing UA Record. The Record platform will sync all those wearables you might have strapped to you that keep track of your performance or activity level. HTC, known for their wonderful products on their own field, have announced they’re partnering with Under Armour on Record to provide devices for the platform.

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InBody activity tracker adds body composition to the mix

InBody activity tracker adds body composition to the mix

InBody, a company that specializes in body composition analysis machines, is here at CES 2015 to introduce a more portable version of its products. Simply and plainly called the InBody Band, this smart wearable combines the best of fitness and medical worlds. Not only does it sport the core features that you'd expect in an activity tracker, it also boasts of InBody's medical expertise in the area of body composition analysis, giving wearers an even deeper insight into their current state as well as the overall effects of their activities and exercises.

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Withings Activité Pop finally melds watch and smarts

Withings Activité Pop finally melds watch and smarts

Withings turned heads with its first smartwatch, the Activité, approaching the wearables market from the timepiece end rather than the gadget mindset. The result was a fitness tracker that didn't look like an oversized Livestrong band, but while it certainly felt the part from a wristwatch perspective, at $450 it certainly wasn't an option for the mass market. Enter the Activité Pop, a cut-price version with the same core features but a far more palatable $149.95 price tag.

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Withings debuts Activite Pop: $150 health watch

Withings debuts Activite Pop: $150 health watch

As CES draws even closer, health wearables company Withings has just announced a new, more affordable version of its Activite health watch. Priced $300 less than the top-tier model, the Activite Pop comes in three new colors and will be available this March for $150. The Activite Pop maintains the appearance of a regular analog watch at quick glance, but it features a smaller dial on the face that measures how close you are to fulfilling your activity goal for the day, which is set in its partnering app.

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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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