Like many others, I get bombarded with ads for wearable tech. I’ve been rather vocal about my reluctance to give into it because I hate the idea of giving a third-party so much information about my life and health. However, I eventually got to the point of acceptance. Acceptance that my information is already out in many databases–some of which are already in third-party hands. If strangers already have that, I might as well make use of it myself.
There was months of research I put in and I had narrowed down my list of potential products before I can across an Instagram post by a company called Bellabeat. This was a wearable device aimed specifically at women. The design stands out, though it’s not enough to say, “hey women, check this out!”
What made it different?
Outside of tracking your steps/calories and sleep patterns/alarms like other devices, you can also track your reproduction cycle (i.e. your period, ovulation and pregnancy status), there are built-in mediation and breathing exercise tracks–and with recent updates, stress level monitoring. Once a week, you get a report with your average stats and a comparison to the entire Bellabeat community.
You also have the ability to wear it on different parts of your body (i.e. wrist, neck, stomach) in different ways (i.e. as a necklace/bracelets/clip). You can even let the corresponding app know the exact placement so that it tracks everything more accurately. I went with the Leaf Nature, although there’s also the Leaf Urban (for more intense activity tracking and Leaf Shell (for prenatal tracking). All of the devices are just over $100, so it’s an easier price point to swallow.
Updates are rather frequent and you can go days without syncing the device, if needed. Because of the fact that it just looks like a piece of jewelry, it’s also more discrete way to track your health. The battery lasts 6 months and does not require charging. My silver edition is made of certified white ash wood and stainless still. So if you have a nickel allergy like me–this isn’t going to break you out. I definitely recommend you check this out.