5 ev­ery­day things that just got smarter

The Denver Post - - TECH KNOW -

The Mat­tress: A mat­tress with bio­met­ric sen­sors will track your heart rate, breath­ing and move­ment. Its app will even nudge you to get to bed ear­lier if, af­ter talk­ing to your dig­i­tal cal­en­dar, it finds out you have an early-morn­ing meet­ing. The Sleep Num­ber “It” bed goes on sale this sum­mer, start­ing at $1,000. The Shoe: A plethora of smart shoes, in­clud­ing high heels, greeted CES guests this year. This was also an area where Un­der Amour, a sports ap­parel firm, made its fit­ness track­ing de­but. The UA Speed­Form Gemini 2 Record Equipped stores all the usual data (date, du­ra­tion, dis­tance) so you can leave the phone and other gad­gets at home. On sale Feb. 29 for $150. The Wa­ter Bot­tle: A wa­ter bot­tle that bugs you to stay hy­drated? Yup. LifeFuels’ 18-ounce bot­tle senses liq­uid lev­els and syncs your us­age to a mo­bile app. If you’ve linked it to your Fit­Bit or other wear­able, it’ll send a re­minder to drink up af­ter ex­er­cis­ing. There is a low-tech piece, too. The com­pany is sell­ing K-Cup-like vi­ta­min pods that auto-dis­pense into wa­ter. The Brassiere: It seems strange that a piece of cloth­ing can of­fer more health stats and bio­met­ric data than a fit­ness wrist­band. But that’s what to ex­pect from the OM­bra by OMsig­nal, which is made from “re-en­gi­neered smart fab­ric.” Just don’t for­get to snap the wa­ter­proof “Smart box” to the bra — and clean it off af­ter ex­er­cis­ing. Avail­able this spring. The Vent: If cer­tain rooms at home stay empty for days or months, there is a ben­e­fit to Smart Vents from Keen Home, which in­tro­duced new vent fil­ters at last week’s CES. Open and close the vents via smart­phone or set the tem­per­a­ture sen­sors to auto ad­just. What if the power goes out? Go back to the old way of man­u­ally ad­just­ing vents your­self.

The Sleep Num­ber “It” Bed has sen­sors built into the mat­tress that track a sleeper’s rhythms.

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