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The Gadgets and Tech You Need Right Now

The Gadgets and Tech You Need Right Now

Technology has outgrown the “smart” prefix. That’s especially true for the life-bettering wearable sensors, apps, and gadgets flooding the wellness space. Because really, isn’t “genius” a more fitting word for describing a circadian-rhythm-supporting lightbulb? Isn’t a personal thermostat you wear on your wrist straight-up brilliant? The list below was put together with help from a few friends who share our passion for particularly intelligent, promising products. As with anything in life, results aren’t guaranteed—but there’s no denying that the future is now, and it’s looking bright (there’s a blue-light-blocking screen protector for that).

P.S. Advances in the direct-to-consumer field shouldn’t be ignored, so we included a few brands that are particularly exciting.

FITNESS AND WELLNESS

  • Upright

    Upright

    Everybody can benefit from improved posture, which is why we’re excited about Upright’s compact, reputedly easy-to-use posture trainer. This tiny device pairs with an app on your phone and attaches to your back (you can hardly see it under clothes) to alert you, via soft vibration, when you start to slump. The idea is that within a few weeks, you’ll hopefully become more aware of your posture and when to adjust it on your own.

  • Motiv Ring

    Motiv Ring

    The Motiv Ring is one of the best-looking discreet fitness-tracking devices we’ve seen. After you choose the right size from the kit, it’s as simple as slipping it on and setting up a secure online account, and the 24/7 tracking will begin—activity, sleep, heart rate—giving you a comprehensive, 360-degree view of your health.

  • Polar Heart Rate Sensor

    Polar Heart Rate Sensor

    Look around your gym, your running route, the pool, or the juice line—wearable heart rate monitors are a thing. The Polar Heart Rate Sensor straps around your chest so the sensor can monitor your heart rate with maximum precision. Connect it to your phone or any training device to get the most out of your workouts.

  • Fitness Genes

    Fitness Genes

    Send in a saliva sample and the Fitness Genes team will take a few weeks to analyze your DNA and develop a fitness and nutrition plan based on your unique genetic profile. By pairing your genes with your fitness goals, an algorithm formulates a personalized workout and nutrition regimen that can serve as a guiding light for setting—and meeting—those goals.

  • Halo Sport

    Halo Sport

    It may look like an especially tricked-out set of headphones at first, but the Halo Sport is much, much more. Known as a favorite tool among pro athletes, the headset is intended to help the wearer gain an extra edge while training. And it’s backed by more than fifteen years of scientific research. Halo’s explanation of the science is pretty cool: It works by sending small microcurrents to the area of your brain that controls muscle movements, which in turn puts your muscles into a state of “hyperlearning.” These pulses may provide benefits for athletic performance, including increased peak power and endurance. Slip it on for twenty minutes during your warm-up, then begin your workout.

  • Theragun

    Theragun

    Soreness, knots, little aches and pains—Theragun aims to help. Developed by chiropractor Jason Wersland, this self-massage tool is designed to relieve the occasional—but thoroughly irritating—discomfort. It’s easy to use, and you can incorporate it into your everyday post-workout routine.

  • Superior Float Tank

    Superior Float Tank

    People have been turning to flotation tanks to help decrease stress, enhance sleep, and increase their overall sense of physical and mental well-being. Also known as sensory-deprivation tanks, they work by depriving you of sight, sound, and touch. In other words, it’s an escape from the overstimulation of today’s world. Some have likened the benefits to those of a deep meditation.

  • Sunlighten

    Sunlighten

    Sunlighten lets you experience the benefits of an infrared sauna (relaxation, digital detox, excellent schvitzing) without leaving the house. It offers a three-in-one sauna heater, which means that you can choose between near-, mid-, and far-infrared wavelengths depending on what results you’re after. The sexy Android-powered control panel makes it easy to customize the lighting and sound.

  • AliveCor

    AliveCor

    The heart wants what the heart wants. And in this case, it’s health information at your fingertips. Literally. Scan your fingers on the electrodes and get a personal EKG sent to your phone in thirty seconds. It’s FDA-cleared to detect three of the most common heart arrhythmias, and it’s as easy as tapping your phone.

  • Embr

    Embr

    Who doesn’t want a personal thermostat on their wrist? Developed by MIT engineers, this sleek accessory looks like a watch, but with the press of a button, it is supposed to help make you more comfortable by warming or cooling the sensitive skin around your wrist.

SLEEP HYGIENE

  • GE C-Sleep Lightbulb

    GE C-Sleep Lightbulb

    This smart lightbulb from GE allows you to control the temperature of the light to help support your natural circadian cycle. Set the bulb using your voice or phone (it’s Bluetooth-enabled) and create custom moods for anytime of the day.

  • Beddit Sleep Monitor

    Beddit Sleep Monitor

    There are plenty of sleep-tracking apps out there, but this one takes it to the next level. A thin, flat sensor strip that’s virtually undetectable is placed under your sheets, so when you lie down, it automatically monitors your movement. What we found particularly appealing is that Beddit promises to measure how much you snore as well as environmental changes like room temperature and humidity. It then gives you guidance on how to improve your sleep.

  • Rhythm’s Dreem

    Rhythm’s Dreem

    Okay, so it’s not exactly the coolest-looking wearable device, but the fact that it’s basically a brain-hacking, sleep-optimizing dream machine gives it a pass. Think of it as a sleep-monitoring tool, a meditation app, and a sleep coach all in one. The sensor headband checks out your brain activity and lulls you to sleep with soft, soothing sounds, so if you’re the mind-racing, up-all-night type, this gadget may be a godsend.

  • Eye Just

    Eye Just

    If you’re looking for a low-stakes, entry-level, totally useful product, this blue light blocking screen protector is all you. Blue light and digital distractions are often the culprit, keeping us awake at night. Over time, overexposure to blue light can disrupt our natural sleep rhythm—so this protector can help keep you from feeling the blues. Your future self will thank you.

NEURO-HACKING AND MENTAL HEALTH

  • HeartMath Technology

    HeartMath Technology

    Inner Balance uses a small sensor to calculate your heart rate variability: changes in your pulse that correspond with different emotional states. When you start to show signs of stress, the app prompts you to take deep breaths, meditate, or listen to music as your heart rate winds down. The more you practice, the more you learn to be less overwhelmed when a negative situation arises.

  • Brain.fm

    Brain.fm

    If you’re someone who needs music to work, this one’s a no-brainer. The app uses AI and a team of scientists to create music that’s specifically designed to stimulate the brain in ways that help you get focused and stay in the zone—no matter how fast-approaching the deadline is.

  • The WellBe

    The WellBe

    Stress isn’t just uncomfortable; it also has very real implications for our well-being. The WellBe bracelet, used with the app (which is an analytics junkie’s dream) tracks stress triggers throughout the day and recommends meditations, breathing exercises, music, and more to help you calm down.

  • Muse Brain Sensing Headband

    Muse Brain Sensing Headband

    If mindfulness and meditation were easy, everyone would be doing it, right? This wearable meditation companion tracks heart rate, breath, and movement, then, based on the measurements, emits soothing weather sounds to gently nudge you in the right direction.

DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER BRANDS TO KNOW

  • Hims

    Hims

    From gummy vitamins to targeted skin-care routines to erectile-dysfunction medication, the Hims offering is as robust as it is customizable. It starts with a virtual profile and a physician consultation—and every part of the online experience is refreshingly straightforward. The same goes for the discreet packaging.

  • Roman

    Roman

    Given that Roman specializes specifically in men’s health issues like erectile dysfunction, hair loss, genital herpes, even quitting smoking, discretion is to be expected. Every part of the experience—the digital doctor consultation, the subtle packaging, the readily available customer support—seems carefully considered. First you and your assigned licensed doctor come up with a plan you’re both comfortable with, then the meds show up on your doorstep a few days later.

  • Keeps

    Keeps

    Keeps is in the business of helping men keep their hair. While there’s no known cure for the various causes of hair loss, there are ways to deal with the symptoms. Before dispensing a single pill or topical, Keeps sets customers up with a virtual consultation with a licensed physician, and this consultation dictates the course of action. Your chosen regimen will arrive at your door every three months.

  • Everlane

    Everlane

    Note: It’s not exactly wellness, and it’s certainly not tech, but Everlane does deserve a mention.

    Good basics at great prices is selling point enough. But what sets Everlane apart is its commitment to responsible material sourcing and transparent production methods. Ethically made of an impressively comfortable blend of natural and recycled rubber and leather from a tannery in Spain, the recently launched sneakers have an especially small footprint.

goop has not independently evaluated the efficacy of these products. As always, talk to your doctor about any medical concerns and before trying a new health product.

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