I feel like I might be the last person on the planet to have finally gotten a Fitbit or some other fitness/activity tracking device. Santa in the form of my MIL brought me one for Christmas, and aside from having to charge it up, I haven’t taken it off since Christmas morning. I’ve become a bit obsessed with the number of steps per day, and I use the silent alarms to get me up, to remind me when it’s time for pups to get their medicine, and to let me know when it’s about that time to start getting ready for bed in the evening. I can become so consumed with writing blog posts, reading or some other activity that I lose all track of time. The silent alarms give me a reminder that “Hey! It’s time to floss those pearly whites! Put down the book/laptop/snuggly pup on your lap and get moving!”
The downside of the Fitbit? It’s not very pretty. I have the hot pink one, and while I love pink, let’s face it – it clashes with everything I own. The other thing I dislike about the band? It gets grimey and dirty. Without you thinking I’m too gross, right now there is a black ring of nasty around the entire band. I’ve even scrubbed it and washed it – it’s still icky. I still love it and wear it to death, don’t get me wrong. But since I’m wearing it 24/7 pretty much, I want something a little more eye pleasing than grimey, pink plastic. Enter Smart Jewelry. It’s coming to a website near you, and it’s coming fast. There’s a lot out there right now in terms of smart jewelry, with more on the way. In this post, I’ve only included those trackers that also monitor fitness and activity, but there are a slew of others that you can use for personal safety and alerts, for checking your texts and monitoring your phone calls…for even controlling your phone and other household appliances remotely! These four are my favorites.
THE CUFF>> Deepa Sood left her job as V.P. for product development at Restoration Hardware to start Cuff, a line of pretty bracelets and necklaces containing interchangeable modules called CuffLincs that connect directly to your iPhone or Android application. After a dinner party where she and her friends tried to hide and stack a fitness tracker amongst their other jewelry to fit more with their looks, she woke up the next morning wondering why this new technology had only one, mostly boring aesthetic. Cuff has three main functions – personal security, notifications and fitness tracking. At the press of a button, an SOS goes out to people you designate as your “protective circle” when you need help. Cuff also allows you to set who can “break through” your phone and reach you via your Cuff. It also allows you to track your fitness goals in efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Right now you can pre-order the Cufflinc and jewelry on the website here. I love that you can buy packages of multiple different bracelets, cuffs, pendants and key chains. This way you aren’t bound to just one look. And the jewelry is very pretty, especially the leather cuff “Lena”. I would wear every bracelet in the collection!
THE MISFIT SHINE>> Dubbed as the elegant fitness tracker, the Misfit Shine is an all metal disc that can be worn anywhere on your body with its variety of accessories. It’s fully waterproof and can actually track your swimming and cycling activity. The Shine acts as a sleep tracker, activity monitor and very cool, “futuristic” watch. The accessories range from a magnetic clasp to pendants to a variety of watch and bracelet designs. They say you’ll never have to worry about the Shine clashing with your outfit! It’s also battery operated, so you never have to worry about charging it. Swarovski just released a line of bands, bracelets and pendants to go with the Swarovski Shine. Instead of the metal disc that is the Misfit Shine, this tracker is actually a Swarovski crystal that can insert into the various jewelry designs. Talk about fancy! It runs a bit more expensive, of course. The tracker itself is just lovely, but adding it into the variety of accessories only accentuates its beauty. If you’re looking for that truly elegant piece of jewelry + tracker in one, this is for you.
THE FITBIT>> The Fitbit is the only wearable technology I can personally vouch for, and I love it. It tracks your activity, workouts and can monitor your sleep. You can set silent alarms throughout the day as timers. (I’ve actually been thinking about setting a few to remind me to get up and walk around during the day.) I can track my calories along with it via the web or on my IPhone app. The version I have doesn’t monitor heart rate, but they recently released a few versions that do. As discussed above, I don’t really love the classic Fitbit wearable accessories however. Tory Burch arrived on the scene with both a bracelet and pendant where you can snap the actual Fitbit Flex device into the jewelry. It comes in a variety of metal colors now (gold, silver and rose gold.) Also recently released from Tory Burch are three silicon versions of the Fitbit Flex band in a variety of prints. While they are a definite improvement over the regular Fitbit bands, I don’t love these. The metal bracelets run pretty expensive, while the silicon bands come in around 40 bucks. Here’s where Etsy comes to save the day. You can find a ton of Fitbit Flex accessories on Etsy with independent designers coming up with all cool ways to rock the technology. I love this simple silver bracelet that holds the Fitbit Flex device. This rose gold version is lovely too. The options are a bit more simple in design but very light on your wallet.
THE SAMSUNG GEAR FIT>> Of all the trackers on my list, the Samsung Gear Fit is probably the least attractive in my eyes. But it packs a punch in terms of its tracking abilities. There are limitations on the technology it can interact with, however. Right now it only integrates with other Samsung devices like the Galaxy and Galaxy Note. The regular bands come in a variety of colors and are interchangeable. You can also customize the background screen of the device with a variety of wallpapers and clock designs. It keeps you connected to your phone, providing alerts when you receive text messages and phone calls. You can actually control the incoming calls directly from the Gear Fit, which is pretty cool. It can track heart rate and calls itself your “personalized fitness manager”. It’s also dust and water resistant. I couldn’t find a lot of attractive ways to wear the Gear Fit other than the bands it comes with, but I did come across a line of bands created by Moschino and Nicholas Kirkwood. Take note they only seem to be available in Europe right now but do ship to the US.
Have you jumped on the wearable technology bandwagon yet?