Jawbone's UP Wristband Tracks Activity, Movement and Sleep

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Bluetooth headset manufacturer Jawbone has released the UP wristband to track users activity, sleep, and food intake to "encourage healthier living". The water-resistant wristband, which is designed to be worn constantly, has a built-in motion sensor that tracks movement (steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level and active vs inactive time) and sleep (hours slept, time to fall asleep, light vs. deep sleep and sleep quality).


    The UP connects to an iOS device (iPhone 3GS or higher, iPad, or iPod Touch 4th generation or newer) via the headphone jack to transfer data. There is no Bluetooth connectivity, curious from Jawbone which specializes in Bluetooth devices, but the UP skimps on wireless to save on battery life. Jawbone claims the UP's battery should last up to 10 days.

    The wristband is "made of a spring steel frame encased in durable, sweat-proof, water-resistant, hypoallergenic rubber" and is water-resistant up to 1 meter -- basically, it can be worn 24/7, even during workouts or taking a shower, but don't go swimming with it.

    The wristband's companion app, UP by Jawbone, tracks activity, sleep and meals with elaborate and polished charts -- the UP's internal vibrating-motor can even wake users up with a gentle vibration at the ideal time:

    The wristband tracks jogging runs as well and, when paired with an iPhone, displays users running routes on a map. There are also "challenges", health goals and competitions that UP users can join on their own or with friends. Challenges include walking 100,000 steps in 10 days, climbing 1,665 steps (the same number as in the Eiffel Tower), or sleeping for 10 straight hours to get a good night's sleep.

    Finally, the app allows users to create a "photo journal" of what they eat and it sends a push notification a few hours after a meal to ask how they feel. The goal is to help users discover which foods make them feel best.

    The UP by Jawbone is $99.99 and goes on sale in the US on November 6, the UK on November 17th for £79.99, and worldwide by the end of 2011. It's available from Jawbone's online store, the Apple Store, Best Buy, AT&T and others.

    The UP by Jawbone app is a free download, available for the iPhone or iPad. However, it doesn't do anything without the wristband itself.

    Article Link: Jawbone's UP Wristband Tracks Activity, Movement and Sleep
  2. docwisdom, Nov 3, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2011

    macrumors newbie


    Feb 8, 2008
    Santa Cruz, CA
    'bout time

    Ive been excited for this release for a while. I was comparing it to Basis and FitBit and it looks like the least intrusive option to me. Just put my order in.

    One week of using the UP, I'll be returning mine. Its just too young in development for me to justify the $99 spent.
    #1. Realistically, I was only getting about 36 hours out of a charge, not 10 days as advertised. I did a reset as recommended by support, but it did not resolve the problem.
    #2. I really cant believe this thing doesn't sync over bluetooth. When you think jawbone, you think bluetooth, right? Nope, not on this one. You have to pull the cap, and plug it into your headphone port to sync manually. On dozens of occasions it would not sync. One reason for not syncing is your headphone volume and over & over again it would reset my headset volume to 100% or 0% automatically when plugging it in.
    #3. The photo meal tracking feature is a joke and doesn't really even deserve discussion.
    #4. It fits awkwardly. When I'm at the computer (4-6 hours a day) it keeps slipping down and sits uncomfortably between my wrist and the desk. When im working out, it slips up & down my wrist due to the weight. Its also considerably wider than it is tall so I have a gap on each side of my wrist and it fits just right top & bottom.

    Its not all bad though. I really do like the sleep tracking features and the vibrate to awake. I woke up most days fairly well rested and not jolted. I also like the UI of the app. I only wish they had a nice fluid website to match when browsing from my Mac or PC.

    Jawbone: Slim it down a bit, with a more rounded fit. Give it bluetooth or wifi syncing and give me a real nutrition tracker like dailyburn or sparkpeople then Ill be happy to buy again in the future.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    This looks really awesome. I will this work on runs?
  4. macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2007
    nice idea but it would be nice to have it smaller and not look like a shackle
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    Exactly, that's the key. Wear it and forget about it.


    According to Jawbone's site, you can create an activity with a GPS based route in the app on the iPhone. Then when you sync the Up, will add the activity data.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jun 11, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    A little piece of the future.

    This thing looks great. Wearing it and forgetting about it is the big selling point. I wish they would have came in at an initial price of $65-70 though. $100 bucks is kind of steep.

    Time will tell if it is a game changer.
  7. macrumors regular

    May 26, 2011
    Is this not for iPad2 or why is it not in the list? They added all the other versions of iOS devices...
  8. macrumors 6502


    Jun 16, 2009
    MacWorld USA
    as a tech junkie i just found my next useless gadget
  9. Contributing Editor


    Jun 2, 2011
    Durango, CO
    Yes, it works on the iPad 2.
  10. macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    It shows the iPad2 on their site as compatible.

  11. macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Jawbone's website says, "Ships 3 - 4 Weeks" but this comes out on the 6th?

    Does that mean it'll be available in Apple stores and the like on the 6th but ship from the manufacturer weeks later?

  12. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 2, 2007
    The post is coming from inside the house!
    I've read that some Apple stores are already showing (and selling!) these - in NY and NJ.

    Anyone seen them yet?
  13. macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2006
    This looks tempting. I've been meaning to get healthier.
  14. macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    This looks amazing but the fact that you can't wirelessly sync to the iPhone is a major downer for me.

    Makes no sense when a company like Jawbone who specialise in bluetooth don't incorporate it into it.

    I'll no doubt end up getting one though :D
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    On the european (German) site it says "ships by end of november"...anyone got an accurate launch date for this?
    My order is out as well, looking forward to this.

    What color did you guys go with? I went with bright red...black was the only other option apparrently.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    They will need something to get you to upgrade to Up 2... :D
  17. macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    True true, but many will just say "Up Yours" - see what I did der? hehe
  18. macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2008
    So once you get it you sync it with your phone by taking it off ever day ?

    Don't understand how it sync and keeps tracks of your stuff.
  19. macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2011
    It has a 3.5mm attachment that goes into the headphone socket.
  20. soco, Nov 3, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2011

    macrumors 68030


    Dec 14, 2009
    Currently in queue to speak with a Jawbone agent via live chat. Will update when I get an answer about the sporatic dates.

    Update: I got to the head of the queue and was promptly disconnected and told to try again later.

    Update 2: Got an email back stating any orders through Jawbone.com will not ship for 3-6 weeks and they recommend to buy in a store instead if you want one on launch.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Looks good, how you charge it?
  22. macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2005
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-gb) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8L1 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Yes I'm not sure of this either. Can someone confirm? It tracks your moment while you sleep and wakes you up in the lightest cycle? In real-time? Or based on an average of data manipulated with their "complex algorithms"?

    I don't understand how if it does track your movement/sync in real time durin sleep, it doesn't "sync" wirelessly!
  23. macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    with the USB cord to 3.5mm adapter.

  24. macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2011
    Kansas City, MO

    I do believe they did this so that the battery life would last longer than one day! I am okay with having to manually sync it but I do think in the future they will have to add this feature!


    can't wait for the reviews to start coming out! definitely on my wish list! I may be selling my bodybugg for this considering I don't like how bulking the bodybugg is...so this might be just the gadget I was looking for! ;)
  25. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2009
    I do like the feature that wakes you at the "right" time.
    Interesting to see if it works and improves one's morning routine.

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