Unboxing the Jawbone UP- 11.18.11
Magical tech filled bracelet that tracks my sleeping, eating, activeness? Who wouldn’t be curious? And with this trend of iOS app driven sleep trackers (see also Lark on your wrist and Zeo on your head) ~ with silent vibrating alarm clocks that dont wake neighbors/bedmates/etc (thinking of the Mute Watch?) ~ a sudden wealth of health data at your fingertips (think fitbit?) ~ this holiday season personal data overload/data visualizations are definitely the hot trend of the moment… and as always ~ when Jawbone jumps in to the game, you can count on gorgeously designed packaging, product design, and user experience…
The Jawbone UP made quite a splash ~ and tonight i couldn’t resist and had to give it a try ~ a week of terrible sleep seemed a good enough excuse to try out the new gizmo. And using MotionX sensor technology it tracks the slightest movements ~ and combined with some discipline on your part ~ you can switch between active, workout, and sleep modes… and the app will have you tracking meals (with pics!), calories, activities, setting vibration alarms and trying to meet various goals throughout the day… you can even compete/share/motivate your friends. Granted this isn’t an exact science by any means ~ it seems that just providing more data and creating more awareness of ones activities might help in ways you didn’t even imagine… or does it? I guess playing around with it for the next week or so will help me find out! For now though ~ take a peek at the initial unboxing and set up on the next page!
On brilliantly useful details ~ the UPs come in S, M, L ~ and there’s a flap on the back of the packaging for you to try on the size before you buy!
Like many of their bluetooth headsets the packaging showcases the product on top, and has the booklet and cable tucked away below with tabs prompting you along the way.
All there really is to it is the bracelet and charger (headphone jack to USB) ~ and you just need your iphone/ipad/touch
Pushing the button will start the different modes ~ with adorably colorful little flower/sun and moon icons… on the other end you remove the cap to expose the headphone jack…
Here’s how it fits ~ its not bendy ~ but it gives enough to get it on and off ~ like a rubbery overlapping cuff that is thicker in the middle and thins out to the button/jack
To set it up and sync it, you simply load up the app and plug it in to your phone.
And off to start tracking! NO data yet… but we’ll see what happens the next few days.
if you’re curious what’s inside there…