Price (RRP): $179
Wearable tech seems to be the next big thing as manufacturers work out ways to make technology important to our wrists. While smartwatches are just getting off the ground now, fitness gadgets have been doing the rounds for a little longer, and Jawbone is back with a version of its wrist friendly activity tracker that syncs without you needing to think.
A fitness band for a new year, the Up 24 is an improved version of last year’s Up, which is still available.
As such, much of the technology is the same, with a tri-axis accelerometer being the main technology found inside the band, relying on this to monitor your movements when you’re both up and, well, down and sleeping.
Unlike last year’s device, however, the Up can send the information to a smartphone immediately, not needing to wait until it’s plugged in through its connector and synchronised.
For this to work, you’ll need a mobile handset compatible with Bluetooth Smart, which includes the iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C, as well as several Android handsets, with most of these being flagship devices from 2013 and 2014. An app is also required, which Jawbone currently makes for Apple iOS and Google Android, so even if a Windows Phone supports Bluetooth Smart, no Jawbone app means the Up 24 cannot be used with that handset.
A small amount of storage is included in the handset, too, capable of storing several days worth of activity information if you don’t get to synchronise the devices often.
Charging the handset comes from another audio-based connector, with last year’s built-in 3.5mm headset jack switching to a 2.5mm headset jack this year. The plug to charge the Up 24 is basically a USB to 2.5mm converter that can be plugged into either a computer or USB wall adaptor, with the battery inside the Up 24 rated for a maximum of 7 days usage.
Two modes are available on the Up 24, highlighted from the light shown when the square cap button is pressed. There’s daylight (shown by a flower icon) and night time (shown by a crescent moon).
The Up 24 band is available in two colours in Australia, and in three sizes — small, medium, and large.
Jawbone’s Up 24 is compatible with several fitness and home automation apps, including Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, Withings, and IFTTT.
Anyone at all interested in their well being has a lot to look forward to in the world of technology, with gadgets meant to boost your outlook in health set to be released in massive numbers, with loads of manufacturers getting in on the action.
Already this year, we’ve seen products announced from LG, Samsung, Razer, Sony, and Fitbit to name but a few.
Jawbone has been in this category for at least a year, and in 2014, they’re upgrading the previous year’s product with a hint of new technology to make the concept even better and more transparent.