Jawbone has released the much-requested UP app for the UP24 fitness tracker, with version 3.0 of the software finally adding support for the Bluetooth wearable. Fresh to the Google Play store today, the new app allows the UP24 to communicate wirelessly and deliver real-time feedback on steps, calorific burn, sleep, and other metrics, features that iOS users have been enjoying since the UP24 was first released back in November.
Jawbone has released UP 3.1, the latest version of its companion app for the UP and UP24 fitness-tracking wristbands, with the promise of more tailored health insights, better sleep tracking, and silent alarms. The new app puts specific emphasis on what Jawbone describes as "Sound Sleep": the best quality, deep sleep phase that people slip into when they're not tossing and turning in bed.
"Data is nice, but understanding is better" Jawbone health platform product manager Andrew Rosenthal tells us, snapping his black UP24 around his wrist. You can't accuse the former MIT hacker of lacking confidence about either his employer or its product, the wildly successful UP range of fitness trackers now among the best-known wearables on the market. Nor can you doubt his enthusiasm for that data's potential to amount to far more than a tally of your steps. "Tracking is the data, and that's really important to get right, but that's table stakes at this point and we've spent the past two and a half years getting that right" Rosenthal points out. "The reason Jawbone's going to win in this space, the differentiator in the market, is going to be the ability of companies to make sense of the data, to put it in context, and then to help their users actually act on it, and change their behavior."
Those who enjoy the benefits of modern health-centric wearables but don't necessarily want to don a connected wristband might find the soon-to-launch Wello iPhone case to be a proper substitute. The Wello case features a couple of sensors on the back, as well as an embedded chip, that can track the owner's vital signs.
A new wearable computer that does away with displays in favor of whispering information into the user's ear, and being controlled by facial expressions or even tongue-movements could hit the market in under two years, Japanese researchers claim. The prototype "Earclip-type wearable PC" would probably need a catchier name to draw attention away from Glass and other wearables, but the premise of a less intrusive, obvious digital assistant could find a market among those who can't or won't peer at head-mounted displays.
Back when Nintendo started manufacturing playing cards 125 years ago, its creators could hardly have imagined the size the company would have achieved here in our present. As many things have changed since the company arrived, inside the gaming industry as well as without, Nintendo has suggested today that they’ll be initiating a new business that will further address their expanded definition of entertainment.
Let's be blunt: the Samsung Gear Fit looks just how we were hoping the original Galaxy Gear would in September last year, a sinuous strip of bright, curved OLED for your wrist. The health-centric sibling to the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Gear Fit has a smaller touchscreen - 1.84-inches and 423 x 128 resolution - but which does most of what the Neo can in a more space-age package. Read on for some first-impressions.
Sony has confirmed launch plans for its "Core" fitness wearable revealed at CES last month, now dubbed the Sony SmartBand SWR10 and expected to hit shelves - along with a new Lifelog app - in March. Back at CES Sony was relatively coy about what the "Core" would do, only showing off the Bluetooth LE-connected hardware and the different colored wristbands it could slot into. Now we know that it's the company's play to expand health wearables beyond simply tracking fitness.
Microsoft has pushed out a clutch of new and updated Bing apps for Windows Phone, including Bing Health & Fitness to track activities, diet, and medical information, and make suggestions as to how users can be healthier. The new smartphone software - which also includes Bing Food & Drink, and Bing Travel - aims to fill in some of the software gaps in Windows Phone, in addition to updating Bing Finance, Bing Sport, and Bing News, and adding cross-platform sync between Windows Phone and Windows 8.