• When it comes to calculating how many calories you’ve burned, your fitness tracker is probably prettttty off, a new study out of Stanford University shows. Of the fitness trackers they compared, the most accurate when it came to counting calories was the Fitbit Surge — and it still had a margin of error of 27.4 percent. Oof. [Science of Us]
• Before today, I had no idea that working out sans underwear was actually a popular practice. And why would I? No one ever talks about it. Before you say “Ick,” it turns out that a ton of women find it more comfortable, especially in the heat. And according to experts, going commando is perfectly safe and sanitary if you take these precautions. [Greatist]
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It’s not all love letters from David Sedaris in Fitness Tracker Land, there’s some drama, too: Last week, Jawbone filed a lawsuit against competitor Fitbit, accusing the company of stealing confidential information after stealing a good chunk of the their employees, The New York Times reports.
If you just can’t seem to get your gym routine down (because who can resist the snooze button and unlimited Netflix streaming?), Pavlok, a new fitness tracker slated to debut in 2015, might be just the fix: According to Refinery29, if you dare skip a Pilates class for a Prime Suspect marathon, the tracker will deliver an electric shock of up to 340V as punishment. And if, somehow, that’s not motivation enough, Pavlok will also Facebook-shame you by posting your failure to your wall for all to see. Seriously!
Bad news for Nike+ FuelBand SE fans: Nike is done creating new wearable fitness trackers, according to CNET. Last week, the company fired the majority of the team responsible for the development of their wearable FuelBand fitness tracker and it looks like they won’t be putting together a new team anytime soon — as CNET states, the company seems to have “shelved all future physical product projects under the Digital Sport helm.”
Anxious new parents everywhere can breathe a big sigh of relief, thanks to Rest Devices’s new “smart baby monitor.” Adorably dubbed the Mimo Kimono, the smart baby monitor is a sensor-based onesie which, when worn, conveniently tracks a baby’s respiration, sleep position, activity level and body temperature. So essentially, it’s a fitness tracker for infants. Parents are updated in real-time through a web and mobile app. Doesn’t technology just blow your mind?