Reviewed: Jawbone UP24

December 17th, 2013

Jawbone has made a successful product even better with the introduction of the UP24. Some of the improvements are subtle, like always on Bluetooth syncing and upgraded algorithms, which benefit from the experience gained through the original UP’s adoption.

The UP24 is an industry leader thanks to these new features and the continuation of others like excellent food logging, the ability to download your activity data, a calibration function to increase precision, an excellent mobile app, and finally, the UP24 most likely delivers the best sleep tracking available today.

The original Jawbone UP got off to a strong start thanks in part to some of the features mentioned above. Jawbone has been investing heavily in this space and it’s paying off. The UP24 is among the best Activity Monitors available today and you can read the BMR’s review here.

P.S. Fitbit Force next.

Care.com Goes IPO

December 16th, 2013

They’re not directly associated with activity monitors, body monitors, or wearable technology, but Care.com has filed for an IPO in hopes of raising $80 million. The company started in 2006, have revenue of $59 million over the first nine months of 2013, and like lots of rapidly growing companies they booked a loss of $24.6 million for the same period.

Looks like their hard work is paying off – congratulations to Care.com!

 

Reviewed: Nike+ FuelBand SE

December 12th, 2013

The Nike + FuelBand SE builds on a successful formula by upgrading essentials like the band’s materials, components, and software. It also adds a couple of key features like idle alerts and automatic data upload via Bluetooth, while keeping other, very convenient features like direct-to-USB charging and serving as a wristwatch.

Nike’s track record in Customer Support remains perfect in BMR’s testing. This performance is unique in the industry and as the FuelBand SE adoption continues, Nike is positioned to use this as a competitive element in the battle against competing products.

Anyone looking for an activity monitor with basic, reliable functionality, a thriving online community, and solid Customer Support should give the FuelBand SE serious consideration.

Check the complete review here.

Reviewed: Polar Loop

December 6th, 2013

You’ll find our latest review here, where we discuss the Polar Loop. It’s a promising device from a well-established brand that looks good, covers the basics as an activity monitor, and it can serve as a Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) if you buy the optional chest strap. Also, since it’s a Polar it’s likely to be pretty durable for those of us who may be a little more rambunctious. Read on!

Senior Citizens Are Indeed Comfortable With Technology

December 4th, 2013

Today the folks at MobiHealthNews posted a story titled “US seniors want more online, mobile health tools” which discusses a recent Accenture survey indicating a desire for more interactive tools and increased access to online services such as medical records or appointment scheduling systems.

I’ve always been a little bemused by how seniors seem to be perceived – essentially, there’s a collective throwing up of hands followed by a confident declaration that this portion of the population will never “get it” or simply has no interest. In my own observations and based on other reports I’ve read, older people are entirely capable and motivated to use interactive tools and technology because these factors can play a role in prolonging their lives and making daily life more enjoyable.

People at every age can learn, particularly when the matter at hand is personal, important, and plays a direct role in the quality of day-to-day life.

Guest Review: Living With The Nike+ FuelBand

December 2nd, 2013

Occasionally, friends of BMR submit end-user reviews of some of the same devices we put through the wringer. We post them here on When This Clicks to provide a flavor for for what it’s like to live with one of these products and the impressions made along the way. Below is a review of the original Nike+ FuelBand. dp

I’m writing this from the view of someone who wouldn’t have purchased this for himself but who might have received is as a gift. I consider myself active and knowledgeable about activity, caloric intake and energy burned. I exercise just about every day, at least walking 1-2 miles and swimming another .75 mile at least 3 days per week. I wore the device all day (except sleeping) for about 2 weeks. Because I swim, I was disappointed the device isn’t waterproof. I probably would have purchased something that measured not only activity but also heart rate and time. I investigated some waterproof alternatives and I think they would have been a more appropriate device for me.

I found the Nike+ FuelBand to be an indicator of activity on an aggregate level. Maybe the way to use the device is only when exercising, instead of wearing it all the time like I did. Unless it’s worn that way, it’s difficult to distinguish which activity is related to exercise, which is related to activity, and which is related to wrist motion alone. For example, I found I could generate 34 fuel points just by brushing my teeth. I wish there was a way to filter out that noisy data to determine a more accurate signal but hopefully that will come over time.

Because everything is measured against a baseline metric equivalent to being completely sedentary, […]

We’ve Just Launched Our Own Polling Feature

November 21st, 2013

Aside from the products we review, we’re just as interested in what what you, as an owner or prospective owner, think of these products. So come on by and take our poll, early and often!

Apple to Buy Kinect’s “Visual Sensor” Manufacturer?

November 21st, 2013

I friend forwarded an alert that brought me to Apple Insider. When I got there I went and read a different article discussing Apple’s possible acquisition of PrimeSense, the company that makes the visual sensor for the Kinect.

This may indicate a move to close the loop by including wearable, mobile, Web, and now “living room” experiences. That’s an ecosystem we should all be able to sink our teeth into. Nice job, Apple Insider!

Comparing Nike+ FuelBand and the Misfit Wearables Shine

November 21st, 2013

I’ve been wearing the Nike+ Fuelband for over a year and the Misfit Wearables Shine for a few weeks. This may be a spontaneous comparison, but I’ll give it a shot.

I bought the Nike+ Fuelband for my wife and I to start tracking our activity. As we’ve gotten older we have become more sedentary. Neither of us are terribly competitive and we’re not motivated to do sports or other activities that more competitive folks do to keep in shape. Nonetheless, we figured that having something to monitor our activity could help.

In the first couple of months we paid a lot of attention to our NikeFuel levels and how close we were to reaching our goal of 3000 fuel points. The first week I tried hard to benchmark my activity and monitored my fuel on a regular basis without trying to reach the goal. On an average day I earned about 2600 fuel points. 3000 points seemed like a reasonable stretch goal.

Currently, on average I meet my goal about 5-7 times a month. I’m accustomed to wearing the device and use it more as a watch than an activity monitor. I will look to see how I am doing but do not really change my behavior to improve my results.

I work at my computer everyday so I plug the Fuelband in regularly a couple times a week. I prefer this to synching to my iPhone since I tend to have Bluetooth turned off. I also have a plug with a connection for the iPhone and Fuelband so that they remain charged.

Every couple of weeks I look at the charts and displays Nike provides. They are interesting but do little to motivate me. I tend to […]

Persimmon UP24 Just Arrived

November 19th, 2013

My vivid orange (officially persimmon) UP24 arrived today. I’ll get started on setting it up & collecting some data. Then we’ll go through the review process and see how this update stacks up.

I’m looking forward to it!