Jawbone is trying its hand again at jumping into the health and fitness tracking market with the launch of its redesigned UP wristband. The company's original UP suffered from hardware failures and was eventually pulled from the market, and the new version was designed to overcome those issues.
Jawbone redesigned the UP to withstand daily use
The redesigned UP looks like the original, the new model tracks your movement and activity throughout the day, logs what you eat, tracks your mood, monitors your sleep patterns, and learns from your activities to present personalized information and reports. The new UP is also overcomes the water resistance issues of the original and is more flexible and durable, making the internal electronics less likely to break.
The wristband includes a built-in USB rechargeable battery and syncs with your iPhone via the headphone jack. The UP app is available for the iPhone 3GS and newer, third generation and newer iPod touch, and iPad but doesn't include an iPad-native interface. The UP wristband is available in small, medium and large sizes, and several colors: Onyx, Mint Green, Light Grey, Blue, Navy Blue, Red, Orange, and Hunter Green.
The Jawbone UP
is priced at US$129, and the companion iOS app is free and available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store