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I’m getting one for The Wife

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This truly is a Cool Tool for the groggy-when-awakened. And I think The Wife will like it, too.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 August 2011 at 3:45 pm

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  1. I actually followed the developer’s blog while they were working on the prototypes. I’d almost forgotten market launch was imminent. Thanks for putting this back on my radar! My birthday’s coming up. :)

    Sleep’s been a major topic for me as of late. Waking at 04:00 and leaving the house at 04:15 to make my train makes for a very tight morning schedule. Wonder if this would stave off any grogginess.

    Joel

    31 August 2011 at 4:37 am

  2. I thought *I* was an early riser, getting up frequently at 5:00. Wow!

    LeisureGuy

    31 August 2011 at 6:45 am

  3. BTW, note the comments at the link. It apparently still has some design flaws.

    LeisureGuy

    31 August 2011 at 7:20 am

  4. Started looking at the Fitbit instead of the WakeMate. It doesn’t do the active waking thing, but tracks sleep (looks like similar accelerometer technology) and can be worn 24/7 and used as a pedometer, estimates calorie burn, etc. It’s about $30 more.

    The website looks like there are a lot of other tools included (weight tracking, glucose tracking, etc.) free with expanded functionality for a premium subscription.

    I guess the major deciding factor is your goal; tracking or active waking. If the Fitbit incorporated an alarm clock interface via smartphone like the WakeMate, it would be nearly perfect.

    Joel

    1 September 2011 at 7:18 am

  5. Very interesting. I took the liberty of forwarding your comment to FitBit. Maybe they’ll heed your advice.

    LeisureGuy

    1 September 2011 at 7:33 am

  6. I joined their forum to make another recomendation.

    http://www.fitbit.com/forums/topic/4NSMKM6MNWBJL

    Since we don’t have standalone computers in the house, it would be great to have a smartphone app so we didn’t have to pull out the laptops to sync. Still thinking of getting one, though.

    Joel

    1 September 2011 at 8:54 am

  7. One nice thing about VERY new products: the developers are generally eager for ideas and feedback and pay attention. After a product’s been on the market for a year, the development team know a lot more and are not so open to individual feedback. So I like to respond as early as possible with new products (devices, software, etc.) in order to be heard.

    LeisureGuy

    1 September 2011 at 9:03 am


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