Happy (almost) New Year! Have you joined the resolution-making camp? You know the drill: The road to 2014 may be paved with good intentions, but as most folks know–whether they’ll admit to it or not–most resolutions fizzle out before spring. If you vow that this year will be different–you will put that gym membership to good use and get up at 5 a.m., even if it kills you–then we commend you and aim to help you achieve your goal (just don’t expect a gym buddy). Instead, we’ve been checking out some of the newer activity bands, and have found one worth treating yourself to. Oregon Scientific’s Ssmart Dynamo has all the bells and whistles you expect from a fitness tracker, but with an ease of use that is unparalleled. The Ssmart Dynamo works via a downloaded app that allows you to track your steps (to help you figure out just how many calories you are burning), as well as to see how much (or little) sleep you are getting. This device then plots activity trends for different durations and can store up to 14 days worth of data. Compatible with your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad or Android smart phone, the Ssmart Dynamo is ready to work as hard as you are. It may just make keeping that New Year’s resolution a little less challenging… at least until spring.
In a Nutshell: Getting in shape for the New Year? This smartphone-synchronized gadget will help you get there with minimal effort.