Jawbone UP alternatives


Jawbone UP
Jawbone UP is the app-powered wrist band that inspires you to feel better and live healthier ... UP tracks every move you make — it even reminds you to move more.
Jawbone UP alternatives are:
Nike Fuelband, Fitbit Ultra, bodybugg, Lark, Zeo Sleep Manager
Here are the latest news about Jawbone UP:

2015 Jawbone replaced the UP24 with the $100 UP2


The new Jawbone UP2 is very much the UP24’s spiritual successor, but it's a bit smaller, $30 bucks cheaper and ditched the slip-on style design in favor of an adjustable clasp like that of the UP3, but the rest of the UP24’s feature set remains. It can do step counting, sleep tracking (Measuring total sleep and how well you slept based on your movement patterns), track distance, idle time, calories burned, and even things like meals if you’re willing to do some data entry. The “Smart Coach” software will monitor your exercise trends, and try to intelligently nudge you to do just a little bit more each day. It stays alive for a week, with an estimated 7 day battery life.



2014 Jawbone UP3 is a sleeker, smaller, smarter fitness tracker


The second fitness-tracker, that Jawbone unveiled today - Jawbone UP3 is and upgrade to UP24 model, launched a year ago. Sleek in design and significantly smaller than UP24, the UP3 ($179) comes with advanced activity features that can differentiate exercises, such as swimming, running and tennis, to better gauge calories. It also includes sleep tracking, which can signify REM, light and deep sleep. The UP3 also monitors your resting heart rate first thing every morning. By eating better and staying active, you can see if your heart rate count goes down — an indication of how healthy your heart is, before daily stresses and caffeine kick in and bump it up a few notches.  The device has a watch-style clasp that adjusts the size of the band and holds it in place. The battery life is pretty solid too, promising up to seven days of tracking in one charge. The UP3 can also be dunked in water up to 10 meters deep.



2014 New Jawbone iOS app doesn’t require an Up wristband


Jawbone released a new iOS app that allows iOS users to track activity and sleep, even without a Jawbone Up wristband. Instead it pulls in data from Apple Health app that pulls data from other sources. Users can also manually enter sleep data into the Jawbone Up app, track calories and share and challenge other friends using Up to track their exercise. All of these stats can be analyzed using Jawbone’s various graphs and views, and they will also sync with Apple’s Health app on the iPhone. With the release of the new app, there are now two apps called “UP by Jawbone” in the App Store. The old app still requires a Jawbone UP or UP24 fitness wristband in order to use the app, whereas the new app can, for instance, gather step data from your iPhone’s gyroscope and motion coprocessor.



2014 Jawbone UP Gets Better at Tracking Your Food


Before today, Jawbone UP fitness wristband users had to manually enter every meal item, searching Jawbone's database for the type of food, then entering portion size. It was tedious and inconvenient. You needed to add things over and over, and it took 15-20 taps to go through that. With the update (UP 3.2) the app suggests both your recent entries as well as common meal pairings; enter a fried egg, and you'll see suggestions to add toast, coffee and bacon. Even better, the app now connects to a menu database for restaurants. Powered by Foursquare's location engine, the database includes calorie information for individual menu items if the venue provides it (more common with chains), plus it can crowd-source nutritional info from UP users for specific items over time.



2013 Jawbone acquired BodyMedia


Jawbone has just announced that it will acquire BodyMedia, a maker of wearable health tracking devices. BodyMedia was founded in 1999 and quickly became an early pioneer of the wearable health tracker concept — what sets their wares apart from the sort of products that Nike, Fitbit, and yes, Jawbone currently offer is what they’re capable of detecting. Rather than just relying on an accelerometer to detect and keep track of the wearer’s movement (which really isn’t all that accurate), BodyMedia’s FIT line of fitness gizmos are also capable of monitoring skin temperature and galvanic skin response to get a better understanding of the intensity of your activity. Your Jawbone UP may be able to tell you how many steps you’ve taken in a day, and how quickly you take those steps over a period of time, but it never really tell how hard your heart is working — an important distinction to some health-conscious users.



Reviews
RonVogt | 11.01.12 | #
I like the new functions. Glad to see one of the suggestions I made on the discussion board made it to the application. Being able to comment on others excercises and achievements us good to try to motivate people. I like seeing prior excercises, sleep, and food plenty simpler now. Keep the enhancements coming.
DanielPauw | 15.03.12 | #
The Up shows promise. The 1. 5 solution update has some significant enhancements when it comes to usability and design. There is still the to my regret and unavoidable requirement to have to physically plug the band in to your iOS gadget to synchronize but the automatic syncing improves upon the workflow greatly (you don't have to click two very tiny buttons anymore).

There are still a few Ui rough edges, such as the start exercise button being at the bottom and then being shoved off the display if you have an active smartphone call in the background. But overall it doesn't feel like the application is trying to make your life hard anymore. I hope they continue to enhance the Ui and streamline more common to-dos in the future (personally, I'd like the feature-set that it is supposed to have work well before they expand the application into things like calorie counting).

As far as hardware, the Up band seems to be okay now. It took them a few replacements but the latest band has lasted quite some time for me and gets the advertised battery life. They also seem to have fixed the button dying bug as well as the cap falling off bug. So it is pretty nice as far as hardware.
brianminor | 26.05.12 | #
Would still like to see more but this has made my day. Like this offering and now like the application even more then I did before. Keep Up the great work.
AdamMiarka | 26.05.12 | #
First thing that I like in Up is that it's water resistant. No more worries about jumping in a pool or shower. If it's not over-the-air, so the battery life is fairly long.
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