Outdoor enthusiasts seem to take a negative approach to technology; technology is bad, and getting outside is good. I agree with the sentiment, but the two aren’t mutually exclusive. Smart phones can take pictures of the great outdoors, you can use GPS’ to go geocaching, and my new all-time favorite: you can use Jawbone’s UP Band to track how many steps you take outdoors every day.
It’s kind of a like a really fancy pedometer. It tracks how many steps you took, how long you were active, and how long you were idle. You can set an alarm to warn you when you’ve been inactive for so long. You can also log activities, and I sync mine with my run keeper app to log runs.
The even more awesome part is that it also tracks your sleep patterns. It tells you how long you it took you to fall asleep, how much light sleep versus deep sleep you got, and how often you woke up. You can set an alarm to wake you up when you are in between deep sleep cycles.
The whole things syncs to my phone through the headphone jack and charges on my computer. Pretty fancy, eh?