Posts tagged ‘wake’

May 26, 2011

Sleep Better with WakeMate (or at least know how badly you’re sleeping!)

When I first heard about WakeMate, the wristband that measures your sleep and then wakes you up at the best part of your sleep cycle (within a window set by you), I had to have it. I was lucky enough to be gifted a WakeMate to try, and let me tell you: I love that thing!

Since sleep is such a huge priority for me right now, this WakeMate contraption couldn’t have come at a better time. First, it tracks my sleep stats—how long it took me to fall asleep, the quality of my sleep, when I woke up, etc—on the Wakelytics website. Here’s my recent activity:

WakeMate Screenshot

I need to get better sleep, right?? It’s so interesting to know your Wakealytics, and it definitely makes me more conscious of my bedtime and sleeping conditions. You can also set tags (you define things like “cranky”, “partner”, or “travel”) and track how those factors affect your sleep.

The second awesome feature of the WakeMate is the alarm. You pick when you need to wake up (say, 8:30am), and it tracks your sleep cycle to wake you up at the best point so you’re energized and not groggy within a 20-minute window (so you’ll wake between 8:10 and 8:30). The alarm is gentle, gaining in volume gradually. You’re supposed to wake up refreshed instead of groggy (this only works sometimes for me …)

As for the band, it’s super comfy, you definitely forget that it’s on while you’re sleeping:

wakemate wristband

I LOVE this gadget.

It’s $59.95, but the sleep info is priceless. Works on iphone, ipad, itouch, android, and blackberry. I rave about a lot of things, but if there’s one product that’s most affected my life since I’ve had it (about three weeks), it’s the WakeMate. Snap one up here.

October 17, 2008

Makers and Wakers and Fat Tires, oh my!

So it’s a big weekend, like you didn’t know (um, hello Texas vs. Missouri). But in case you missed the, well, boat on three majorly huge weekend-long events, here’s a rundown:

Maker Faire – Saturday & Sunday

So the Maker Faire expo thingy is a big crafty, makery, nerdy, trendy, roboty shindig. At the Travis County Expo Center, it’s a Maker’s delight. I don’t think they serve Maker’s though. They should. In any case, I hear it’s crazy-cool, so check it out this weekend if you can.

Tour de Fat – Sunday

Fat Tire + Bikes = Tour de Fat, no? New Belgium Brewing’s traveling celebration of the bike is pedaling into Fiesta Gardens for the final stop of 2008. The festival spreads the good word about the myriad benefits of cycling and celebrates mankind’s greatest invention – the bike. Wait, I thought this was about beer? Isn’t it put on by a brewery? Anyway, bring your bike and costume.

Waketoberfest – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

It’s not too chilly yet! Waketoberfest has perfect weather in Austin, and features demos from some of the best around the state. It runs Friday through Sunday at Pace Bend, and plenty of revelers and boarders just camp for the whole weekend!

Oh, and a bonus:

Texas Wine & Song Festival – Sunday

Despite the fact that I don’t particularly care for any of the acts playing this thing, it IS cool that it’s at the “Copper Tank Events Center,” aka the corner of 5th and Trinity that used to house the bar/brewery Copper Tank. The Second Annual Texas Wine & Song Festival is from 3–10pm.

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