Jawbone's UP Wristband Tracks Activity, Movement and Sleep

Bluetooth headset manufacturer Jawbone has released the UP wristband to track users activity, sleep, and food intake to "encourage healthier living". The water-resistant wristband, which is designed to be worn constantly, has a built-in motion sensor that tracks movement (steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level and active vs inactive time) and sleep (hours slept, time to fall asleep, light vs. deep sleep and sleep quality).

The UP connects to an iOS device (iPhone 3GS or higher, iPad, or iPod Touch 4th generation or newer) via the headphone jack to transfer data. There is no Bluetooth connectivity, curious from Jawbone which specializes in Bluetooth devices, but the UP skimps on wireless to save on battery life. Jawbone claims the UP's battery should last up to 10 days.

The wristband is "made of a spring steel frame encased in durable, sweat-proof, water-resistant, hypoallergenic rubber" and is water-resistant up to 1 meter -- basically, it can be worn 24/7, even during workouts or taking a shower, but don't go swimming with it.

The wristband's companion app, UP by Jawbone, tracks activity, sleep and meals with elaborate and polished charts -- the UP's internal vibrating-motor can even wake users up with a gentle vibration at the ideal time:
Within 30 minutes of your desired wake up time, the band will intelligently interpret your sleep graph identify the best moment in your natural sleep cycle so that you feel as refreshed as possible. For example, if you were to set your wake up alarm for 7:30am, the band would vibrate at the best time between 7:00am and 7:30am based on your sleep cycle.

The wristband tracks jogging runs as well and, when paired with an iPhone, displays users running routes on a map. There are also "challenges", health goals and competitions that UP users can join on their own or with friends. Challenges include walking 100,000 steps in 10 days, climbing 1,665 steps (the same number as in the Eiffel Tower), or sleeping for 10 straight hours to get a good night's sleep.

Finally, the app allows users to create a "photo journal" of what they eat and it sends a push notification a few hours after a meal to ask how they feel. The goal is to help users discover which foods make them feel best.

The UP by Jawbone is $99.99 and goes on sale in the US on November 6, the UK on November 17th for £79.99, and worldwide by the end of 2011. It's available from Jawbone's online store, the Apple Store, Best Buy, AT&T and others.

The UP by Jawbone app is a free download, available for the iPhone or iPad. However, it doesn't do anything without the wristband itself.

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67 months ago
as a tech junkie i just found my next useless gadget
Rating: 8 Votes
67 months ago
A little piece of the future.

This thing looks great. Wearing it and forgetting about it is the big selling point. I wish they would have came in at an initial price of $65-70 though. $100 bucks is kind of steep.

Time will tell if it is a game changer.
Rating: 7 Votes
67 months ago
'bout time

Ive been excited for this release for a while. I was comparing it to Basis and FitBit and it looks like the least intrusive option to me. Just put my order in.

One week of using the UP, I'll be returning mine. Its just too young in development for me to justify the $99 spent.
#1. Realistically, I was only getting about 36 hours out of a charge, not 10 days as advertised. I did a reset as recommended by support, but it did not resolve the problem.
#2. I really cant believe this thing doesn't sync over bluetooth. When you think jawbone, you think bluetooth, right? Nope, not on this one. You have to pull the cap, and plug it into your headphone port to sync manually. On dozens of occasions it would not sync. One reason for not syncing is your headphone volume and over & over again it would reset my headset volume to 100% or 0% automatically when plugging it in.
#3. The photo meal tracking feature is a joke and doesn't really even deserve discussion.
#4. It fits awkwardly. When I'm at the computer (4-6 hours a day) it keeps slipping down and sits uncomfortably between my wrist and the desk. When im working out, it slips up & down my wrist due to the weight. Its also considerably wider than it is tall so I have a gap on each side of my wrist and it fits just right top & bottom.

Its not all bad though. I really do like the sleep tracking features and the vibrate to awake. I woke up most days fairly well rested and not jolted. I also like the UI of the app. I only wish they had a nice fluid website to match when browsing from my Mac or PC.

Jawbone: Slim it down a bit, with a more rounded fit. Give it bluetooth or wifi syncing and give me a real nutrition tracker like dailyburn or sparkpeople then Ill be happy to buy again in the future.
Rating: 5 Votes
67 months ago
This looks amazing but the fact that you can't wirelessly sync to the iPhone is a major downer for me.

Makes no sense when a company like Jawbone who specialise in bluetooth don't incorporate it into it.

I'll no doubt end up getting one though :D
Rating: 5 Votes
67 months ago
I think I am going to get this, but I don't think I ever get enough sleep. So it will probably never wake me up.
Rating: 5 Votes
67 months ago

They will need something to get you to upgrade to Up 2... :D

True true, but many will just say "Up Yours" - see what I did der? hehe
Rating: 5 Votes
67 months ago
I want to pee on it for my nutrition facts.
Rating: 4 Votes
67 months ago

80 minutes every 10 days.

during those 80 minutes I will eat like a pig and lay around being lazy.:eek:
Rating: 3 Votes
67 months ago
I do like the feature that wakes you at the "right" time.
Interesting to see if it works and improves one's morning routine.
Rating: 3 Votes
66 months ago
Got one for my girlfriend and me two days ago. Overall I like it (and she does too). So here's my quick thoughts on it...

Most of the time I forget that its on (which is a good thing), but I did have problems sleeping with it. I sleep with my hand under my pillow and woke up with an aching wrist. The next day I made sure not to do the same. Not really a huge deal imo. I'm assuming future generations of the device will be smaller and wireless.

So I mainly bought this so that I can track how active I am from day to day. As an extra bonus, my girlfriend and I are constantly monitoring each others activities, policing our lazy habits.

The calorie count, steps, and distance traveled are not always perfect. It calculated 2.26mi on a 2.1mi run, with 260calories burned (probably closer to 200). Another note to add is that small movements seem to add to the steps, a 2 hour car ride for example gave me 86 steps.

Overall, it works for me. In my eyes the small errors in calculations aren't really a big deal when tracking overall daily activity. If everything is wrong to the same degree, then I still get pretty graphs that say yesterday I was more lazy then today. I am constantly doing small things to try to get more steps in to beat my girlfriend =p. Will the motivation last? I don't know, but for now its working.

Not much to say here, it tracked my two nights of sleep pretty accurately. It even noticed I woke up to get a drink of water. The vibration alarm is very pleasant compared to the loud music blaring from my iPhone. As i mentioned before I had one night that I slept on it and woke up with wrist aches, but this can be avoided.

From all the reviews, this is the worst part about the Up. It really is, but there is some positive to the eat function. With supportive friends (or girlfriend) you can monitor what each person is eating. I found myself not eating at McDonalds the other day b/c i didn't want to post it for my girlfriend to see. Neither of us are overweight, but we like to stay fit.

I thought this was a bit of a gimmick (kinda like the Nike+ stuff), but since its so easy to accept challenges on the iPhone I actually took the challenge and rubbed it in my significant others face =). If you have friends, it definitely makes it interesting. Otherwise, doing challenges may get a bit boring.

The App:
Right now...really buggy. I can list a handful right off the top of my head. Sometimes it fails to sync (I unplug it and plug it back in multiple times). It forces my iPhones volume to max and I have to hard reset my phone. App doesn't display statistics from time to time...etc etc. Yes, its buggy...but it will get better.

If I weren't a gadget nut, would I get one now? Probably not. As someone mentioned before this seems like a trial run and the app definitely has a beta-feel to it. Maybe the next firmware/software update will add in much of the functionality I want. Its got me motivated right now, so its doing its job. Whether its worth 100$ or not is up to you.
Rating: 2 Votes
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