Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 5, 2014
Jawbone launches “second phase” of wearable fitness trackers. The company's flagship product is the Up3, which will go on sale in the US later this month for $180. It contains a heart rate monitor and can measure skin temperature. Next year Jawbone plans to use over-the-air updates to give Up3 the ability to gather data on respiration and hydration. The company's aim is to add the ability to track the signs of stress and fatigue (this feature is already offered by the forthcoming Olive).
Most fitness trackers such as the Apple Watch and FitBit flash pulses of light on the skin to track blood flowing through capillaries as a way to measure heart rate etc. The Jawbone Up3 uses bioimpedance technology, which sends a small electrical current through the body to measure tissue resistance, which is arguably a better approach.
The new Jawbone app offers more detailed sleep tracking, notifications and reminders to encourage healthy living and, like the Basis Peak, can identify what type of activities are being undertaken.
The new Up3 device is one third the size of the Up24 and new versions sporting different materials, colours and interchangable straps will be available. In addition to the Up3 and Up24, Jawbone also announced a $50 device called the Up Move.
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