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UP by Jawbone 
05 November 2011, 1:30pm

I decided to get an UP by Jawbone, a bracelet that tracks your activity in hopes of making you more active and healthier. I'm aware that this is a gimmick, but I'm excited to track my activity. Data!

Jawbone is the company that made those real fancy looking, overpriced bluetooth headsets. I have no idea what compelled them to go from making bluetooth headsets to making health-oriented bracelets, but as soon as I saw a few of the screenshots, I was sold.

The UP claims to:

  • Track you general activity. If you spend all day in front of a computer, the UP will know. And you can make it vibrate every now and then to remind you to move
  • Track your sleeping activity, so you can analyze how your sleep was and for how long
  • Wake you up at the right time in your sleeping cycle (within a half hour before you tell it to wake you up for sure) based on your movement, by simply vibrating the bracelet
  • Track your GPS, using your iPhone's aGPS. As of now, it can't export the GPS tracks, which is a bummer. But maybe soon, the customer service rep told me
  • Track your meals. You take pictures of meals, maybe write the description, and every now and then the app will ask you how you feel. Good? Lousy? Energized? Then it pieces together why you feel good based on your activity and diet
  • There are things called challenges, but I don't see why you need to pay $99 for this. Drink eight glasses of water today? Yeah, I can manage that myself. But some seem fun.

Anyway, I'm excited to try it out. I'll let you know how it goes! It'll be fun to measure how my lifestyle is leading up to my runs, which I already track. In other words, if I have a really crappy run, I can take a look to see if it's because I ate like crap, or if it's because I haven't moved at all the day leading up to it.

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[07 November 2011]

That thing looks awesome!! And supposedly Android coming soon!