Fitness trackers are all the rage for people who want to get in shape, drop some weight, and stay healthy. Slap one on your wrist, download an app to your iPhone, and start tracking your progress. Simple as that. Unfortunately the process of selecting a fitness band isn't as easy. They aren't cheap and they aren't all created equal. That's why I've taken an in-depth look at the most popular offerings from Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, and Garmin to help you decide exactly which one is right for you.
Jawbone has announced the MINI JAMBOX, the third in its JAMBOX line of Bluetooth speakers. A slimmer, lighter Jambox, the MINI JAMBOX features new speaker designs and colors compared to the original and BIG JAMBOX. The MINI connects using Bluetooth Low-Energy, unlike it's bigger siblings, and is supposed to get 10 hours of battery life, as opposed to th 15 hours of the other models.
Did you ever look at a Jawbone JAMBOX and wish that it was bigger? If so, your wishes have been answered with the BIG JAMBOX, everything you loved about the original but at a much larger size. (10.1 x 3.2 x 3.7 inches and 2.7lbs to be exact!)
Jawbone released the JAMBOX last year to widespread -- and well deserved -- acclaim and they haven't slowed down since, adding new colors and new features to an already exciting line. The great thing about JAMBOX is simply this -- it sounds fantastic. It sounds so good you forget it's Bluetooth. It sounds so good you double check to make sure it really is Bluetooth.
Not content with merely making some of the best Bluetooth headsets and wireless speakers in the business, Jawbone expanded their product line this year with the Jawbone UP. A small, light bracelet, you wear it around your wrist and along with an iPhone companion app, it keeps track of how you're sleeping, how much exercise you're doing, and what you're eating.
Live at CES 2012 we talk to Jawbone about the future of UP, the updated they're pushing out, and why they feel mobile lifestyles encompass more than the traditional product lines.
Japanese news site Macotakara (translated) reported last week that Apple has supplied Made For iPhone accessory makers with a new authentication chip using Bluetooth 4.0 and the Bluetooth Low Energy protocol, making it easier to setup and authenticate devices for use over the dock connector and Bluetooth with a specific push for fitness and health-related apps.
The highly anticipated iPhone fitness accessory, Jawbone Up, will be available this Sunday. A colorful wrist band with built in sensors and a vibration motor, Jawbone Up is designed to track your eating, sleeping and exercise patterns.