Sometimes you get a gift, and you do not know the true value of what you have received much later… When I arrived to Hispanicize 2013 and went to visit my friends from Axis at their Radio Shack Bungalow I was received with a beautiful gift bag full of tech goodies. They gave me everything I needed for my trip – an extra battery pack, some headphones, a stylus (I love a good stylus) and a really cool bluetooth speaker. There was one thing in the bag that I truthfully did not pay attention to until I unpacked and it has turned out to be my favorite gift in the bag. It was a Fitbit Zip™ Wireless Activity Tracker… that I honestly mistook for a simple pedometer (I had already gotten a few pedometers on this trip).
It turns out that this Fitbit thingy really is amazing… here is the official explanation of what it is.
Get a kick out of fitness with the Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker. It tracks your steps, distance and calories burned and syncs those stats to your computer and select smartphones. In doing so, it celebrates how much more you do each day. Zip encourages you to set goals, challenge friends and go farther, one step at time. That’s how you turn everyday life into a social, achievable, awesome path to fitness.
– Powered by Fitbit’s leading-edge accelerometer, Zip accurately captures your activity all day
– Discreet silicone clip lets you wear it almost anywhere
– Rain, splash and sweatproof so you can take it on any workout
– Automatically syncs your information to PCs, Macs and select iOS and Android™ devices
– Fitbit’s free mobile App and free online dashboard gives you a snapshot of your progress
– Stay motivated by earning Fitbit badges for daily, weekly, even lifetime achievements
– Link with friends on Fitbit.com to compare stats, share progress and cheer each other on
– Export your Fitbit data to popular fitness Apps such as SparkPeople, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal and more
So with all of that said… it has become my sidekick in my pursuit of healthier living. I have synced it up to my Smartphone (Nexus 4 if you wanted to know) and so far it has been a great experience. I really love the app that accompanies the device and the analytics. I now have a great idea of how active I am on a daily basis and I am able to identify trends that will help me fill in the gaps and get more active. So far, on a day that I do not go to the gym… I take about 5k steps a day (approximately 2 miles)… I never knew that.
I say all this to say…
THANK YOU Radio Shack for thinking of me and giving me something I would have never thought of buying but will probably be an important tool in getting healthier and hitting my fitness goals.
Here is a peek at all of the other tech candy they gave me…
Enjoy crisp sound and strong bass from these metal (machined-aluminum housing) earbuds from AUVIO. Use them with earclip or without – the earclips are flexible for maximum comfort. The cable tends to lay flat and stay out of your way, making these earbuds ideal to use with your smartphone and for listening to music. Their frequency response is 20Hz to 20kHz.
– Metal buds for durability and great sound, S,M and L eartips included so you get a great fit
– One-button microphone
– Soft, flat 4.5-ft. cable lets you easily tuck the earbuds into your pocket or backpack
– Mic. sensitivity -44+/-4dB, frequency response 50-16000Hz
Listen to your music anywhere with AUVIO’s Expandable Bluetooth Speaker. Enjoy great sound and its compact size makes it easy to take along with you anywhere. Sold individually.
– Rechargeable Li-ion battery
– Frequency response: 150Hz-15kHz
– Includes USB to mini USB cable
Enercell® 1350mAh Portable Power Bank
When you have no access to power and your battery is running low, use this Enercell1350mAh Portable Power Bank to keep you talking for up to four hours. It charges quickly from any USB power port and it’s everything you need to stay connected. A USB-to-micro USB cable and a USB-to-Apple cable come with the power bank.
– Output voltage 5.0 +/- 0.25V, output current 5V/1A
– Up to 4 hours extra talk time (allows for at least 50% charge for iPhone 4S)
This universal stylus is compatible with most capacitive touch devices like an iPad®, iPod touch® and iPhone®. Take notes, draw or turn pages easily. It features a durable rubber tip and pen clip.
– Capacitive touch pen, soft rubber tip and pen clip included
– Compatible with most capacitive touch panels
– Stainless tube with rubberized finish
Connect your media player to another device quickly and easily with AUVIO’s 3-Ft. 1/8″ Retractable Audio Cable. It features a nickel-plated tip and retractable cord.
– 1/8″ to 1/8″ retractable cable and nickel-plated tip
– Play music off your smartphone through the car stereo
– Connect your portable music player (iPod, MP3 player, smartphone) to your car stereo
– Retractable so it’s easy to take with you in your backpack, purse or pocket
Disclaimer: I do not think I really need one… I am a big Radio Shack fan and the post speaks for itself… I got a bag full of gifts that I love and this is my special way of saying thank you.