PREVIEW: Fitbit releases new Charge, Charge HR, and Surge devices

Yesterday Fitbit announced their new lineup up of fitness/activity trackers for the 2014/2015 calendar year.  These three new devices, the Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge HR, and Fitbit Surge, are the culmination of the last year or more of development by the Fitbit team.  Here is a quick preview and some of my thoughts on these devices.

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REVIEW: Misfit Flash ousts Fitbit Flex for top ranking entry level activity tracker

It seems like each week brings a new fitness device or activity tracker to the market.  Many of these emerging devices attempt to be part smart-watch, part health device.  This drives up the price to a level many will never consider spending.  Focusing instead on the lower-cost end of the spectrum is the new Misfit Flash.  Offering a basic feature set they have one goal: to be a great, entry level activity tracker.  And it does so quite nicely!

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BATTLE! – Garmin Vivosmart versus Misfit Shine versus Fitbit Flex

People keep asking me what I think about the new Garmin Vivosmart.  Now that they’ve had a chance to work out most of the bugs with some firmware updates, it was finally time for me to test it against my two favorite fitness/activity trackers, the Misfit Shine and Fitbit Flex.  Let’s bring on the battle!

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TESTED: Home Automation – Belkin WeMo, Philips Hue, Lutron Caseta, Wink Hub, Staples Connect, Logitech Harmony Home Hub, and INSTEON Hub

For years Hollywood has teased us with fantasy versions of the future.  They depict wild concepts such as flying cars, deep-space travel, and a common presence of artificial intelligence.  Most days it seems like we are barely inching along towards our realization of many of those digital day-dreams.  But as this blog post shall prove, smart-homes are becoming less movie-magic, and more reality than ever before.

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QUICK LOOK: Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and Rachio IRO Smart Irrigation Controller

During my recent testing of various smart home lighting products I also stumbled upon two VERY cool little devices that upgraded me to Home v2.0 — here is a quick look at those two devices.  Let’s check out the Chamberlain MyQ Garage Door Opener and Rachio IRO Smart Irrigation Controller.

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