I love gizmos, and I love feeling healthy. So what better than a gizmo that helps you be healthier?
I recently decided to buy an Up by Jawbone, a gizmo you put on your wrist 24/7 which monitors your activity. I love this idea primarily because:
There's just one problem about these devices: there's a 4-5 week shipping delay. They were so popular almost immediately that when I went to buy one, two or three days before the official release date, they were already sold out.
Patience, Peon. That'll help your health too!
Fast forward to now, when my impatience is driving me insane. I would love to have one of these before my trip to China this coming week, so I could see how active my life in China really was. I was checking out some of the features the UP can provide, and in doing so I realized that it's not as integrated in other services as its main competitor, FitBit. Notably, I'd love integration with Runkeeper.com, the service I use to track all my exercise progress (since 2009!).
While researching the other things I can't yet integrate UP with, I learned about this WiFi body scale made by Withings. I've never cared much about my weight, and have always consciously opted to not have a scale in my house, fearing that I'd misinterpret weight gain as bad when it could be muscle growth.
But this thing is such a great gizmo:
So I went to check it out and see where I can buy one (if I choose to). Sure enough, I could buy it at the Apple Store, which means I get 5% cashback (thank you, Discover Card!). And because of the new features in the iOS Apple Store app, I can even buy it on my phone and pick it up in the store.
I got so excited that this technology exists and is easy (on my bloody phone!!), and I checked the availability of the UP.
And they have one! Up until now I was using the old fashioned method of calling, and I failed to call this one because I gave up after the first three didn't even know what I was talking about.
So I'm canceling my order with Jawbone, and daisy and I are going to pick up my new health gizmos! And we know they're there because we already own them!!