Fitbug's Orb Fitness Monitor Targets Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike

Activity trackers are it this year. Like many of its kind, a company called Fitbug is competing with Fitbit's One, Jawbone's Up and Nike's FuelBand with its new Orb activity tracker. Fitbug's Orb is a much cheaper $50 gadget that basically does everything the aforementioned trackers do, albeit it offers more flexibility with its modular design and support for iOS and Android smartphones. The Orb is a tiny little button device that can be slipped into various types of Fitbug accessory depending on where you'd like to wear it, like a rubber wristband, belt clip, lanyard and even a magnetic bra mount. It uses a motion sensors to keep track of your daily activity like tracking how many steps you've taken, distances traveled, how many calories you've burned. And it even doubles as a sleep monitor tracking your sleeping patterns and how well you've slept at night.

Fitbug's Orb features Bluetooth 4.0 in order to wirelessly connect with your iOS or Android smartphone and transfer data in real-time. Much like Fitbit's Zip, the Orb uses a button cell battery to draw its power. Only thing missing is an on-board display. Instead you'll have to rely on the Orb's app to see your data or tell time. Fitbug plans to release its wireless fitness monitor in the spring.

Nir Schneider


Lockitron Takes Keyless Entry To The Next Level

Everybody likes to think they live in the most modern of times, where automated… everything exists. Well, the forward-thinking folks at Lockitron has got a product for you. Keyless entry has been around for a few years now, predominately in luxury vehicles. Now, it can be found in your house too. 

Simply stick it on the back of a deadbolt lock in your house and you will have a wireless lock that locks and unlocks via your smartphone. Using Bluetooth 4.0, the Lockitron picks up on your signal coming from your iPhone or Android device and automatically unlocks the foo when you're within range and locks it once you're leaving. 

To make things even easier, there is a sharing feature that acts as an extra key. Configure your settings and you can give access to whoever you want. 

If you're eager to give this innovative product a look, you'll have to wait until March once they begin shipping and have $149 ready. You can reserve yours now on their website

Check out how it works in this demo video after the break!

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