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Up By Jawbone Monitors Your Activity & Sleep

David Gilbert


Up By Jawbone

Jawbone, the company best known for its stylish Bluetooth speakers, has announced Up, a wristband which aims to monitor you daily activity, sleep patterns and the food you eat.

The Up by Jawbone wristband, which is immediately recognisable as a Jawbone product, will work in conjunction with an iOS app which will let you monitor your activity throughout the day, monitors your sleeping habits and also acts as a meal tracker.

Up By Jawbone

Inside the rather stylish wristband is a shock-resistant motion sensor which can monitor your steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level, active versus inactive time, GPS routes and more. You can sync all data with your iDevice using the 3.5mm jack which is hidden under one end of the wristband.

The wristband claims to be sweat- and water-resistant which will mean you can keep it on even in the gym and while in the shower.

You can even program the device to vibrate when you have been inactive for too long. A nice feature, but could turn out to be like a nagging wife (or husband) if it vibrates too often.

Up By Jawbone

Having put the wristband in sleep mode, via the app, the Up wristband will automatically track the amount of hours slept, deep versus light sleep, awake time and overall sleep quality.

The Up’s silent Smart Alarm will vibrate on your wrist and “intelligently wake you up at the ideal moment in your natural sleep cycle just before your desired wake time.” Something the Pure Twilight also attempts to do.

Up By Jawbone

The meal tracking feature is far less comprehensive as all it involves is you taking a picture of your meal and then responding to questions about how the food made you feel. Not sure how we’d respond after a feed at Maccy Ds without lying though.

Jawbone has also set up a number of Challenges through the app which aim to “keep you moving more, sleeping better and eating smarter.” It will even allow you to compete with friends via the social aspect of the app.

Inside the rather attractive band is a rechargeable battery with up to 10 days use on a single charge. It can be recharged via a USB on your computer.

Up By Jawbone

The Up wristband will be available at the end of November costing £79.99 and will be available in three colours (Dark Black, Bright Red and Bright Silver) and in three sizes (Large, Medium and Small).

We are certainly enticed by the minimal aesthetic of the Up wristband, but let us know what you think in the comments below.

Source: Jawbone

Big Rich

November 3, 2011, 9:29 pm

10 hours on a single charge?? That means you'll have to charge it 2 to 3 times a day?!


November 3, 2011, 9:37 pm

Yeah, iOS, way to go. Talk about limiting your market.
There isn't even mention on their FAQ of the possibility of an app for other platforms.

A Scotland

November 3, 2011, 9:53 pm

I like the idea, but how are you supposed to keep it on 24 hours a day if it needs recharging after 10 hours use? Solar power presumably not capable of being integrated in a practical manner.


November 4, 2011, 12:03 am

I thought this was a really interesting idea (as a way of getting a pretty basic overview of my day in a fairly indulgent and fun way), then I saw the battery life... 10hrs.

What planet do Jawbone come from which has a 10hr day?


November 4, 2011, 1:23 pm

10 hour battery life? So about 3 hours short of a respectable night's sleep, then.

Seems to make the stuff about tracking all your activity - meals, sleep, exercise, etc. - and being able to wear it in the shower a bit moot if it has to be connected to USB and charged twice or more a day.

john g

November 4, 2011, 1:52 pm

"What planet do Jawbone come from which has a 10hr day?"



November 4, 2011, 2:35 pm

10 hours is a TR typo, the website says 10 days. And Android support is in the works, not sure why it isn't under an FAQ though, but its been confirmed by an administrator on the fourms.

David Gilbert

November 4, 2011, 2:55 pm

Apologies to all regarding the 10 hour battery life gaff....a slip of the keyboard.

As Freemanator says the battery life is listed as 10 days which is pretty decent if it holds up in real lifew. We'll be getting one of these in to test very soon so we'll have a better idea of what it's like then.


November 4, 2011, 6:25 pm

"Having put the wristband in sleep mode, ....track the amount of hours slept, deep versus light sleep, awake time and overall sleep quality.
...and "intelligently wake you up at the ideal moment in your natural sleep cycle just before your desired wake time."

I have an App on my iPhone which does exactly that! Called Sleep Cycle. Therefore I dont need an additional device to do that job.

Ok, so my iPhone isnt shower proof, but I really dont need to monitor what Im doing in the shower!
I have a nike sensor or a variety of Apps to monitor my running, plot my routes etc so again, no need for another device.

The meal monitoring (why?) will be just the App not the wristband, so what exactly do I need to pay £70 for?

I do like the overall design though!

David Gilbert

November 4, 2011, 9:25 pm

I can see your point about the Up. A lot of its functionality is mirrored by apps currently available and for runners Nike's soluiton is much more comprehensive. and the ideal of photographying your food and answering questions about how it tastes seems very strange indeed.
However for the general user who wants to get a general idea of their overall lifestyle I think its a nice idea. The problem with some of the sleep monitoring apps on the iPhone is that they need you to put your phone under your pillow which is not that practical. This solution seems more refined.

We'll have to wait and see how it works when we get it in to test it I guess.

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