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Will fitness gadgets actually make us fit?

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Over the past few years, a new category of gadget has emerged with the aim of quantifying our health. You know the ones--Fitbit. Nike FuelBand. JawBone Up. Withings Wi-Fi Scale (and Smart Activity Tracker!). Fitbit Aria Scale. The list goes on. There are trackers and scales from tons of companies that'll sync your details to their servers, share them with services of your choosing, giving you pretty graphs and hopeful motivation from friends and followers to do the right thing as it pertains to diet and exercise. After all, sitting is killing us. Are all of these gadgets actually moving the needle in terms of our fitness levels? Our friend, Dave Taylor, takes a closer look and chimes in with his toughts after the jump.

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Unboxing Live 090: Nike+ FuelBand

We open up the Nike+ FuelBand in this episode. The Nike+ FuelBand actually displays how well you are doing throughout the day as it pertains to your fitness and activity level, syncing to your iPhone over Bluetooth not only on your phone or other Bluetooth device, but also on the band itself. It does this using its 20 LED color dot-matrix display that shows how much Nike Fuel you've earned during the day, and another 100 white LEDs to give you information in calories burned, time of day, and pedometer info. The device costs $149, and the Nike+ FuelBand is available on Amazon.

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Bleeding Edge TV 413: Jawbone talks Up, Jambox, headsets at CES

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.

Big thank you to GoToMeeting and JackThreads for sponsoring the show - be sure to check them out!  GoToMeeting provides rich, super-simple collaborative cirtual meetings. As for JackThreads, we've got exclusive invite codes that give you $5 to use towards anything you'd like on the site.


Nike+ FuelBand aims to monitor your fitness

Posted by John Ball Categories: Accessories, Wearables

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.


Black Friday 2011: Apple

Apple Black Friday 2011

Apple is set to discount some of its most popular products for Black Friday 2011. No word yet on if the stores are opening early, but you can get all the deals online as well as in-store, which is nice. Discounts on items like the iPad 2, iMac, MacBook Air, and iPod touch are just the tip of the iceberg, as Apple is also discounting a bunch of third-party accessories, including the Jawbone Up. We've got the best of the sale listed after the break, along with links to take you directly to the products!

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Jawbone UP wristband aims to get you exercising, eating, and sleeping better

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Accessories, Apple

Jawbone Up

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.

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