Jawbone introduces new activity-tracking UP wristbands

Jawbone introduces new activity-tracking UP wristbands
A man uses an UP fitness wristband and its smartphone application in Washington on July 16, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO - Jawbone introduced new UP24 wristbands Wednesday as the wearable computers evolve into smart accessories tailored to augment Internet lifestyles.

The second-generation UP band tracks how active wearers are or how well they are sleeping or eating, then communicates wirelessly with Apple mobile devices to make recommendations "in the moment" about pursuing healthier lifestyles.

"Two main trends are wearable technology and the Internet of things," Jawbone's Brad Kittredge said, referring to devices ranging from appliances to coffee pots and thermostats that are getting "smart" and connecting to the Web.

"Devices are getting connectivity and talking to each other," he continued. "What it is about now is putting us in the centre and making it the Internet-of-me."

UP bands gather data on how wearers move, eat and sleep with sensors and processors.

Feeding that information to iPhones, iPads or iPod touch devices linked to the Internet allows Up software applications to tap into Jawbone servers where behaviours can be assessed and helpful feedback sent for wearers to see when next they glance at their mobile screens.

UP applications can reveal facts such as at what time of day someone tends to be most idle or when a person sleeps worst, and then suggest how to improve situations.

A prompt might pop up encouraging someone to take a short stroll if they are scant steps away from reaching an activity goal for a day.

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