We're big fans of Jawbone products at Gear Live, so we were happy to catch up with Travis Bogard from Jawbone at CES 2012. We chat with Travis about the Jawbone Era and Icon Bluetooth headsets, the Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth loudspeaker, including a couple of limited edition models and how they're helping our Charity Water, and we get an update on the Jawbone Up fitness wristband.
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Nike isn't the first company to think of using a wristband or other device to monitor your fitness and better improve your life, having been beaten them to the punch by the FitBit and Jawbone UP. But still, what Nike brings to the table with its new FuelBand wristband is extraordinary. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself.
The band on its own has a very sleek design with a 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how many “Points” you have earned during your workout, and another 100 white LEDs to give you feedback, time of day, and the like. The idea behind this is that the next time you work out you try to equal or get a higher score than before, pushing yourself to work out more and therefore become more physically fit. The activity wristband market is small but growing, and from what we can tell the Nike+ FuelBand may be the best bang for your buck. You can pre-order one now for $149.
Jawbone, a company best known for making fashionable Bluetooth earpieces, announced today that it will sell an all-in-one smart fitness gadget that aims to help people totally improve their personal health and fitness.
The $99 device, called Jawbone UP, is a simple-looking wristband capable of collecting data about a person's activity throughout the day as well as sleep patterns at night.
Paired with Jawbone apps on Apple mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, Jawbone UP also collects and analyzes the data to help you make better sense of your habits and lifestyles, identifying, for example, the effects of exercise on your ability to sleep deeply. While there are some existing personal health and fitness devices that already track and analyze activity and sleep—one example is Fitbit Ultra ($99.95)—Jawbone UP adds intelligent feedback. It can remind you to move more during the day if it notices long periods of motionlessness, or gently vibrate to wake you at the optimal point in your sleep cycle.
We’ve been waiting for the Fitbit to drop for over a year now, and just when we thought it was going to turn out to be vaporware, the company has announced that this little fitness device is shipping. The Fitbit is a device that clips to your clothes, and it monitors many daily activities including distances traveled, exercise intensity, sleep patterns, as well as calorie consumption. The device contains a 3D motion sensor to obtain this certain information, and will transmit that data to the wireless base station when you are near it. You can then log on to the Fitbit site, and take a look at all sorts of data. The Fitbit has an OLED display with a battery life for about 10 days, and costs $99.
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Sure, MP3 Players are a dime a dozen (in variety, not price). And sure, they usually have the same features such as loading tunes via USB, the FM Tuner, and small ones usually hold about 2GB worth of memory.
In fact, the only thing that makes the Haier America Trainer stand out is the fact that it has a built-in clip, a heart-rate monitor, a pedometer, plus a stop watch. So for those who are interested in taking tunes with their workout, you might want to give this one a try. It is available now for a price range of about $55-65.
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In a push to get people off their butts, EA SPORTS has created a 30 Day Challange where participants are to use EA Active, a workout game for Wiie. TV actress and host Alison Sweeney, one of the EA SPORTS Active 30 Day Challenge participants, will be on the Ellen DeGeneres show today, Monday 11th, taking Ellen through a workout and giving every audience member a copy of the game. If Ellen has not used a Wii before, this is sure to be an interesting thing to watch. Want to get active? EA SPORTS Active for the Wii will be available in stores on May 19th.
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Maybe the only exercise you get these days is on your Wii, so Nokia has upped its N79 smartphone to bring you the Active and get you out of the house. It has a SportsTracker application that utilizes an onboard GPS, accelerometer and data connection to keep track of your exercising. Track your miles run, speed, heart rate and include music. You can also upload to the SportsTracker website. The Active comes with a Polar Bluetooth WearLink heart rate belt and a CP-324 elastic armband case at a price of $492.00.
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If you’re a fan of the hit NBC reality series, “The Biggest Loser,” you’ve no doubt noticed that contestants wear a device called a bodybugg on the back of their right arm. The bodybugg is a biometric calorie management system available through 24 Hour Fitness, which uses four sensors to convert measurements of galvanic skin response, physical activity, and body temperature into a real-time measurement of calories burned throughout the day. Users wear the compact armband, which easily fits under clothing, over the triceps on their upper left arm - allowing you to take it everywhere you go.
According to the release, “No matter what activity a user is doing – washing dishes, playing with the kids or working out – the bodybugg calculates the amount of energy expended in each motion. Users then download their captured bodybugg data to a Web interface that tracks caloric measurements and helps them monitor their food intake and activity levels as they seek to achieve their fitness goals. The Web interface includes customized menus and a database of thousands of common foods to make calorie-tracking simple.”
Upgraded features of the new bodybugg system include:
- New sleek, contemporary look and 50% smaller size
- USB cable to upload data and charge the device
- Now both PC and Mac compatible
- A free six-month (previously only three-month) online subscription to the www.bodybugg.com Web interface for tracking progress and success.
The basic principle behind weight loss is simple: you just need to burn more calories than you take in; combining the bodybugg with it’s online services and adjusting your own personal choices based on its recommendations, weight loss may just become a little easier. Watch for a review in the near-future.
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Nintendo is keeping the hits coming with their announcement that the long-awaited Wii Fit will be launching here in North America on May 19. The game, which comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board, will be sold for $89.99 - about 1/3 the price of the Wii console itself. So yeah, a tad on the expensive side for a game, but it comes with a fairly unique peripheral, so what are ya gonna do? If you are one of the first 1,000 to pre-order the game at the Nintendo World Store in midtown Manhattan between April 18-20, you even get a free Wii Fit T-shirt. Here’s to fanboys playing balancing games in the hopes of getting in better shape!
Yamaha wants to help you improve your workout with the Bodibeat. Drag and drop your own tunes in your library or listen to pre-loaded mixes which they claim numbers in the thousands. The Bodibeat will select a tune that is equal to your pace whether you walk, run, or something in between. Choose from three modes, free workout, fitness, and training. Settings include tempo guide, song transition, and bass boost. It also doubles as a basic MP3 player with heart rate monitor. Expect the Bodibeat’s debut in the 3rd Quarter. Contact Yamaha for more details and price.
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