Which fitness tracker is right for you? [Quiz]

Image courtesy of designmilk.

Image courtesy of designmilk.

There are so many fitness trackers out there now, how do you know which one to pick? While that’s really up to you, this #FitnessFriday Crunch Theory is releasing is an inforgraphic-quiz to help you pick one that meets your needs — and doesn’t break the bank.

The trackers featured are from established companies – Fitibt, Misfit, Jawbone, Basis, and Garmin – and vary in functionality and price.

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What did you get? Is it accurate? Let us know in the comments below.


Wearables – Now You Can Try ‘Em Before You Buy ‘Em

Image courtesy of Lumoid.com

Image courtesy of Lumoid.com

Yes, you read that headline right. You can now try the latest wearables before you buy them to make sure you’re getting the right one for you thanks to Lumoid.

Lumoid, a website that previously offered a similar service for photography and video gear, is expanding their rentable gear to wearables. Currently, the site breaks down wearables into three categories: sleep tracking, fitness, and stay connected. That way, you can try the latest devices almost risk free to see if they’ll actually fit into your lifestyle.

It is important to note though that Lumoid’s service is not entirely free. You can request up to five wearables for seven days to try them out. However, if you choose not to purchase at least one of the five, then you’ll be charged a $20 fee.

Still, $20 is a heck of a lot better than sinking hundreds of dollars into a wearable and wishing you had gotten another kind. Or, even worse, spending money on the latest gadget just to realize that, like most people, you aren’t quite committed to wearing something all the time.

The app that knows when you’re girlfriend really isn’t ‘fine’

Researchers at Faunhofer IIS in Germany are currently developing an application for Google Glass that is able to detect and analyze emotions. The app is called SHORE, which stands for Sophisticated High-spec Object Recognition Engine, and allegedly its software can recognize both subtle and obvious emotions by reading facial expressions. SHORE can also predict the age of the person, plus or minus about a few years.

SHORE has tremendous real-world applications, especially aiding those with Autism to better recognize how people are feeling.

Although the software appears to have a long way to go before it is able to distinguish between emotions better than most humans, it does prompt a concern about privacy in the digital age. How will corporations or other people manipulate you when they are able to identify exactly who you are and how you’re feeling? Although SHORE only recognizes faces and emotions but not identities, it is not unthinkable that in the future information about your emotions could be sold to advertisers by a similar application.

Take a first-hand look at SHORE in the video below: