It's kind of hard to believe, but Jawbone—a company that was built on Bluetooth—didn't have a wireless radio in the first two iterations of its fitness tracker, the Jawbone UP. That finally changes today with the introduction of the Jawbone UP24.
Jawbone is acquiring BodyMedia, makers of health monitoring armbands, for over $100 million. No further details have been made public about the deal.
The original Jawbone UP could be considered one of the most expensive beta tests of all time. It leaked, it broke, and it didn't accurately track your activities—that may have been due to all those wet, compromised components.
Jawbone has given its life-tracking Up bracelet a second chance. The original was promising, but had a sky-high failure rate. The new band, Jawbone hopes, will fix the massive problems of the original, and deliver on its equally massive potential.
The fitness-tracking Jawbone UP has its share of problems. (It dies!) Jawbone is offering refunds, but it also created a big opening for competitors. Like LARK, which is offering free sleep trackers to anyone willing to trade-in a Jawbone UP.
Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman addressed the problems surrounding its UP fitness tracking bracelet (some of which had a tendency to die) with a dramatic unconditional guarantee today.
The Jawbone Up is everything I ever wanted in a fitness tracker. Because it's a bracelet, it's always with me. It goes everywhere, it's positively ambient, and ridiculously fun. That's great. Don't buy it. Without a big fix, it's garbage.
Babies are so adorable! And so very much trouble. They're always hungry, often crying and never sleeping. But here's a little secret: fatherhood can be a great excuse to gear up. Oh man. I'm totally lactating.
We all know Jawbone best for their small things that make sound—Bluetooth headsets and speakers. But their newest concoction doesn't make any noise at all—it's a bracelet. The Up band will keep tabs on your body, 24/7.