How a Medical Stress Sensor Evolved Into a Beautiful Wearable For All

Seven years ago, an MIT professor named Rosalind Picard developed a wristband called iCalm to help autistic kids manage stress by measuring electrodermal activity on the skin. Today, Picard and her team want to put their device in your hands. What happened in between is a fascinating story about the role of accidental… » 11/19/14 2:03pm 11/19/14 2:03pm

Microsoft Band Review: Tracks Your Every Move, Then Breaks Your Heart

When I first strapped on the Microsoft Band a week ago, I felt like I'd been given new power over myself. The company's first wrist-borne activity tracker packs 10 sensors into a discreet package, and to my hopeful eyes the wristable's powerful specs added up to potential. I thought, this gadget might really get to… » 11/07/14 3:08pm 11/07/14 3:08pm

Garmin's Vivosmart Is a Fitness Tracker With Smartwatch Tendencies

When last we checked in on Garmin's fitness trackers early this spring, we saw the Vivofit present some good ideas but ultimately fall short of being a good product. Well here comes take two: The Vivosmart, which packs in the good stuff of an activity tracker, plus the notifications of a smartwatch. It definitely… » 9/04/14 7:00am 9/04/14 7:00am

The Smartest Fitness Tracker Just Got Smarter

​The Basis B1 band was already the brainiest fitness tracker out there. It would track your pulse, temperature, how much you sweat, and it was even smart enough to tell when you've gone to sleep and when you've woken up without you having to manually set anything. That's a feature we loved when we tested it, so we're… » 11/06/13 8:04am 11/06/13 8:04am

Basis B1 Review: The Best Activity Tracker Despite One Critical Flaw

After a couple years of gestation, Basis's B1—watch-like activity tracker—has finally arrived. But unlike the FuelBands and Fitbits and UPs of the world, Basis offers a unique look into one's health, however cursory as it might seem. Tracking steps and analyzing sleep isn't new, but the B1's analysis of both is… » 3/27/13 10:00am 3/27/13 10:00am

LG Smart Activity Tracker: This FuelBand Clone Is a Mashup of Every…

LG's Smart Activity Tracker is FuelBand look-alike—there's no denying it. And, yes, there are already a lot of new wearable fitness trackers. But with this gadget, LG crams the features of all of its competitors into one. And by the time it comes out this summer, the wrist-worn device might add something everybody… » 1/09/13 6:25pm 1/09/13 6:25pm