On the Horizon: Your Best Buds Wireless ear buds are a great way to help you intensify your workout, but the next step is adding a smart component, which Bragi’s The Dash buds do, with three cool features. First, you upload up to 1,000 songs directly to The Dash, creating one-touch playlists. Second, The Dash can function as an activity tracker for runners; get live feedback on duration, heart rate and number of steps (the company promises future updates, adding swimming and cycling and other activities). And finally, you can use The Dash as a Bluetooth-enabled headphone; get call notifications from your smartphone, and then answer those calls with a touch. The Dash app will help you track your stats. At press time, a Kickstarter update noted that while the buds had been expected to be out by Christmas, mass production had stopped to fix a problem with the waterproofing. Stay tuned at the company’s website. Black or white buds, $299. Pre-orders at http://store.bragi.com.
In the brave new world of health and fitness by the numbers, wearable trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin have changed the way we live over the past couple of years. Connected to software that syncs with mobile apps and the Web, these gizmos go beyond the gym to track how we move, what we eat and how we sleep to help us reach our health and wellness goals.
Last year, the Apple Watch took it to a new level, measuring movements with a heart-rate monitor, accelerometer and GPS, while also basically putting your iPhone on your wrist. But don’t stop there. Here are a host of smart and fun new products that give us the numbers we need to make healthier choices, whether we’re in the kitchen, at the office or even, yes, at the gym.