Tech to keep your resolutions on trackConquer your New Year's resolutions with the aid of apps and gadgets. CNET's Bridget Carey highlights tech that can help you meet your goals.
You don't have to carry the burden of a New Year's resolution on your own. I'm Bridget Carey and in this special edition of CNET Update, learn about the tech that can help keep you on track to meet your goals. Around January, we all resolve to get more fit and eat healthier, and then we lose the motivation by February. But, if you need an extra push this year, go for a fitness tracking wristband. There are plenty to try, but you're probably best off with the Fitbit Flex or the Fitbit Force. The wrist strap is lightweight and it tracks steps, sleep and calories burned. It has direct syncing for both iPhones and Androids, so you can read your progress on the app. And you can see if you're meeting your goals by quickly glancing at the band. The Fitbit Flex comes in several colors for $100. But if you want one that has a screen that also tells the time and gives you instant reading, get the Fitbit Force for an extra $30. You can take fitness motivation to the next level with the Goji Play. It's a gaming system you attach to gym equipment, like a treadmill, bike or elliptical machine. In order to beat the games, you have to keep moving. The $100 system includes two controllers and a small motion tracker. They use Bluetooth. The controllers slide on handle bars of the machine, but if you're not using handle bars, then you can instead, hold batons. The tracker can clip to a pocket or belt. You need an iPhone or iPad to play the games. The Goji Play app has 12 games to spice up your gym time. If buying gadgets isn't your thing, but you want an app that does more than just track your steps, you wanna look at FitStar. It has workout instructional videos, but it also tailors the workout to your needs, based on how well you're doing. Just be sure to give it honest answers. It's a free app, but you can unlock more features for $30 a year. If your goal is to get more organized and tidy, you don't have to start flipping through the container store catalog. Get help with the housework using the Neato XV Signature Pro. That's right. I didn't say "Roomba". You all know the Roomba, and it's a fine machine. But the Neato is a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the competition. It does a better job of picking up hair, and it doesn't ram into your furniture, like the Roomba, because it has a sensor on the top to avoid obstacles in the room. It's much more classy. You can get reminders on common household chores and annual maintenance work with the app BrightNest. You can also get more organized by using an app like Evernote to keep track of documents, and notes. Another app to help you stay organized? It's Mint. It keeps track of your finances, and now it's on Windows phone. That's your tech news update, and you can find more details and links to these product and apps at CNET.com/update, and you can always follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.