Gear & Gizmos: Monitor everything from your heartbeat to how you sleep

Track yourself tastefully, try an app for the elements, tweet like a bird and walk like Shackleton.

by Adam Gale (iOS, Android)


Birdsong is priceless, but robotic birdsong is free. Chirp allows you to share pictures, notes and web addresses as sounds. It's like a tweet, but only reaches those within earshot. You can get information quickly to everyone in a meeting without having to pair devices by Bluetooth or open emails, and it even works in busy pubs. The app does need to be open to receive a chirp, however, and it may not be right for those with sensitive ears. Rating 2/3

Misfit Shine (iOS, Android)


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