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Jawbone

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  1. Jawbone

Brush up on what’s new in the market with the latest
technology that helps improve your overall fitness. Aniruddha
Godbole shares his experience with Spandana Birajdar on using
the Jawbone device and how it helps him track his daily
physical activity.

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Defining Jawbone

Jawbone UP is essentially an activity tracking device i.e. it
tracks your physical activity, diet and sleep and also doubles
up as a smart body alarm. The various functions in the device
include:

  • Physical activity: It tracks the number of
    steps, workouts, specific exercises and translates the same
    into distance travelled, calories burned, idle time etc.
  • Diet: It helps you to monitor the food intake,
    including simple water intake and the overall food score.
    However, it is difficult to monitor intake of Indian meals as
    device is built to track barcodes.
  • Sleep: It tracks your sleeping patterns, including
    the quality of sleep. For this, the device needs to be tuned
    to the sleep mode.

Over a period of time, the device helps you understand the
pattern of your physical activity and even prompts changes in
your lifestyle. It acts like a coach that gets to know you and
then guides you to make relevant decisions to lead a more
active life.

Managing daily activities

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Jawbone UP can be used to monitor your daily physical activity
by a judicious use of the various functions. It can be
configured to alert the wearer as a morning alarm, lunch time
reminder, bed time reminder and even an idle body alert, with a
view of bringing more discipline in respect of paying attention
to the body’s needs. I am not aware of how the device tracks
your daily activities scientifically, and neither does the
official website describe the same. However, I understand that
the strip contains a motion sensor and a vibration motor, which
monitors the physical activity. In addition, it also acts like
an actimetry sensor, which registers movements during sleep.

How it helps

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Before I started using the Jawbone UP device, I was unable to
track the regularity and extent of the activity while doing
physical exercises/activity. However, after having bought the
device, I have customised it to set goals in respect of daily
physical activity (like morning alarm, reminder alarms, goal to
walk 10,000 steps every day), my water intake (at least 2-3
litres everyday) and my sleeping pattern (minimum of 8 hours of
sleep each day). As compared to 10 months ago, I am definitely
more careful of my aforementioned activities.

Advantages

The device is very easy to use and has a friendly interface.
Also, the data is very easy to understand and monitor. Given
its modeling and colour options it can be worn throughout the
day, even at work.

Disadvantages

It is a bit expensive at USD 149 overseas. Also, it does not
show the data real time on the device, unless one has a
smartphone with the Jawbone UP app.

With changing lifestyle and demands it has become difficult to
stay physically fit and track your daily physical activity.
Jawbone is one such device that helps you lead a more active
lifestyle. Hence I would advise that people become more aware
of such devices invest in the same as the benefits are
numerous, after all health is wealth.

Mr Aniruddha Godbole is a Chartered Accountant and auditor by
profession and a partner in an audit and accounting firm.

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Rate card (1; poor: 5; best)

Parameters Score
Performance 5
Battery life 5 (it lasts almost seven days)
User interface 5
Software updates 5 (very regular)
After sales service no reason to experience as of date
Availability 3 (in India)

Performance5Battery life5 (it lasts almost seven days)User
interface5Software updates5 (very regular)After sales serviceno
reason to experience as of dateAvailability3 (in India)

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