Posted by: Frank | January 2, 2013

Not A Resolution

Being that January is the typical time one resolves to do things differently during the upcoming year, it would be easy to say that my purchase of the Jawbone Up is for a resolution. I think a better idea is to say it is part of a decision that I have made to get healthier and exercise more.

Of course the fact that the Up is a gadget doesn’t hurt. If you don’t know what it is, the Up is a smart wrist band loaded with sensors to detect your movement. The band has activity and sleeping modes so that you can track how much you walk and sleep, both important items for a healthy life style.

I asked for the Up as a Christmas present, but my wife couldn’t find one in my size and color preference (Onyx) locally, so I ordered one from Amazon and it arrived today. I’ve been wearing it for a few hours now on my left wrist and I can tell it is going to take some time getting used to wearing something after having stopped wearing watches several years ago.

To transfer the data the Up collects, you need to connect it to an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. An Android app is in development. The band has a 3.5mm audio jack to plug in to the headphone port on the devices. Apparently Jawbone was not able to fit a Bluetooth or WiFi radio in the band.

The method of data transfer that the Up uses reminds me of my first computer, the Timex Sinclair. The Timex Sinclair used cassette tapes for reading and writing data and you could “play” the tapes to hear the data. I assume the actual data transfer is using a similar audio transfer method. It’s déjà vu all over again.

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