Want to shed a few pounds and get a better night’s sleep? Look no further than the Fitbit Ultra ($99.95). The tiny Fitbit device fits on your belt and tracks every step you take, every stair you climb, every chair you sit in, total calories burned, and even studies how often you toss and turn while sleeping. In all, it’s the best fitness tracking device we’ve tested.
Thinking about strapping a color-screened gadget to your wrist in an effort to look even geekier? Why not give the Pebble ($115 and up) a shot instead. Developed by the same minds behind the inPulse smartwatch for Blackberry, the Pebble is an ePaper smartwatch for iOS and Android that connects to your handset via Bluetooth, offering wrist-based notifications like caller ID, email, calendar alerts, and Facebook and Twitter messages, the ability to function as a music controller, workout computer, and golf rangefinder, and, of course, a variety of sexy watchfaces for plain ol’ time-telling. On Kickstarter now, with shipments to begin in September.
Garmin Approach S3
We’ve seen several GPS-enabled golfing assistants, but the trouble with those is often simply remembering to bring them along. The Garmin Approach S3 ($350) alleviates this problem by taking the form of a touchscreen GPS watch, giving you handy access to data for over 27,000 courses worldwide — including distances to doglegs, layup points, and pins — a rugged, waterproof body, and a “digital caddy” to keep track of your strokes.
Paper (iPad app)
Another day, another revolutionary iPad app. Paper (Free with $8 add-on) is an absolutely beautiful app for creating anything you would normally do on real paper — you know, stuff like storyboarding your indie film, general note taking, sketching a nude model, or painting a watercolor landscape of the prison yard.