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Published on May 19th, 2009 | by Greg


Sleeptracker: Better Than Ever

We’ve reviewed not one, but two models of the Sleeptracker watch. Each time, they’ve gotten progressively better, more attractive and lighter.

The previous upgrade was a bit more significant- the change from the Standard to the Pro added a longer alarm window and data collection timeframe, vibration and PC data transfer. This time around, the Sleeptracker Elite doesn’t offer much in the way of functional upgrades, but does offer a nice sporty new look. There are both a men’s and women’s model now, though they are the same except for the appearance. We wished that you could have been able to change the band, strap, and face to change between different colors and styles instead of being forced to choose- but the addition of options is a good step forward.

And we were able to wear this model for entire days, without worrying too much. It isn’t water-proof, but is water resistant. It also features a nice backlight like the previous versions. But the real draw here is still the sleep monitoring capability. Basically, regular old alarm clocks don’t pay attention to your sleep patterns, and can wake you up abruptly from a deep rest, leaving you groggy and tired. The Sleeptracker’s goal is to minimize that effect, waking you up within a window that you set, and finding the moment within that window where you are the most awake. Best of all, it works- we didn’t find much additional accuracy from the Pro model, and it did seem to shift a bit the first nights requiring us to adjust a bit, but it will fairly gently ease you awake most mornings and definitely helps you wake up fresh.

Another nice thing- all of the models are still available, and the price of the latest model is $179, the same as the Sleeptracker Pro. Available online, and in some stores.

About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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