Review of Jawbone Up


Jawbone UP is about as simple as you can get in an activity tracker. This simple device clips onto your clothing and tracks your steps and your calories burned. It can also track your sleep with an optional strap.

Plus you can track your food and drink intake, nutrients and calories with the UP App Food Score. But you can also connect your UP to well known apps like MyFitnessPal (my personal favorite) and MapMyFitness, to name a few.

And although it’s an option, buying a wrist strap is a good investment to us the built in sleep tracker. Sleep is a pretty big deal on how we feel during the day, and even how much we eat, that it’s worth it to find out how much, and the quality of sleep that you are actually getting each night.

On to the UP Reviews

Review of Jawbone Up are pretty positive for the Jawbone UP. It’s roundly liked for it’s affordable price. It’s especially well received for it’s simplicity. And it’s sleep tracker is highly rated, although there are complaints that the tracker is difficult to get out of the clip and put in the band. So quite a few reviewers don’t bother.

Most people like the accompanying app. It really helps users get a handle on their eating and drinking, plus how active they are during the day. Plus like around the face let you know your activity progress for the day. And it’s not very difficult to learn how to use the UP. It can be used right out of the box.

At the time of this writing the UP was going for around $49.99. It has received 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

TAGHeuer developing Smart Watch

TAGHeuer Monaco Watch

TAGHeuer Monaco Watch

TAGHeuer is developing a smartwatch, after realizing that it stands to make gobs of money. Apple is probably going to be selling millions of iWatches over the next couple of years, and it makes perfect sense for a high end watch company to at least dip it’s toes in the smartwatch water.

High end watch manufacturers have been dismissive of the smartwatch, saying that it is a fad, and that LVMH, the French multinational luxury goods conglomerate, CEO Jean-Claude Biver has stated that the Apple Watch was “too feminine.” And that it appears to be “designed by a student in their first trimester.”

Well, money can certainly change attitudes. I predict more luxury watch brands will be churning out smartwatches, most likely with the help of Google.

Could a Rolex/Google watch be down the road? Time will tell.

Waterproof Sneer “iWatch” Smartwatch


Sneer iWatchBilling your smartwatch as the “iWatch” is a marketing ploy that I would hope wouldn’t be fooling anyone into thinking they are buying a real Apple iWatch. But I’ve seen worse marketing ploys. And if you are to believe Sneer, their watch is a pretty super smartwatch.

According to Sneer, it’s smartwatch basically replaces your cell phone. It’s about the size of normal wristwatch, but in that little watch lies a monster of technology. You can answer and receive phone calls, listen to mp3’s, and get different alarms. It has the ability synce calendar appointments and alert you to calendar events. Plus you can pick up the radio, and listen to broadcasts with bluetooth headphones. And although it doesn’t have a camera built in, it can control the camera on your smartphone. Plus it has a built in pedometer, and alarms you when you have been sitting too long.

That’s a lot to offer in a smartwatch that costs under $200. Especially when similar watches like the Samsung Gear is around the $300 mark, and the upcoming Apple iWatch will be selling for about they same. But how do the reviews pan out?

Sneer “iWatch” Review

Is the Sneer waterproof smart watch with touch screen worth the money? According most verified purchasers at Amazon, the Sneer is a pretty decent smartwatch. It basically does what it is supposed to do. However reviews state that the phone is more splash resistant then waterproof, plus there aren’t any firmware updates. That’s not good, since most software has bugs.

What I have found elsewhere on the internet seems to support most of the company’s claims. However a glaring negative that I’ve read in a few reviews, is it’s inability to receive texts. And a lack of apps. I mean no apps at all. Something that the Apple iWatch will have in spades.

A big positive that was noted is the ability of the watch to use a SIM card. That’s nice for storage of photos and music.

So, if you just want to feed your smartwatch appetite, without the want or ability to shell out upwards of $300, then the Sneer “iWatch” might be just what you’re looking for.

Check out our smartwatch guide here. The Sneer Watch can also be bought at Amazon.

Uno Noteband

Uno Noteband

I don’t have much information on the upcoming wearable “Uno Noteband“, but it popped up in my Facebook feed, so I looked into it.

From what I can understand, the Uno displays your messages on your wrist using Spritz technology.  Spritz tech is a reading compression technology which shows text in one-word increments in rapid succession. So instead of getting your messages on your smart phone, you can just look down at your wrist and speed read by using something they call “Optimal Recognition Point” in each word.

According to the Spritz website, “When reading, only around 20 percent of your time is spent processing content. The remaining 80 percent is spent physically moving your eyes from word to word and scanning for the next ORP. With Spritz we help you get all that time back.”

That sounds pretty good to me. It’s also a fitness tracker, but first and foremost it’s about making incoming notifications easier to process.  And it has support for gamers, who can see notifications from friends, alerts and invitations from the likes of Xbox Live, Playstation Network, and Steam.

Uno is strictly a read only device, so if you want to respond, you’ll have to pull out your smart phone.

I’ll post more information as it comes available.

Brushed Stainless Steel Pebble Smart Watch


pebble watchThe brushed stainless steel Pebble Smart Watch for iPhone and Android Devices is arguably one of the finest looking smart watches on the market. I’ve heard people complain about looking like a dork with other smart watch selections, but the Pebble is cool and sleek, and pretty much looks like a really nice watch.

The big reason for a smart watch is the ease it takes to read incoming texts and other notifications, without have to actually take your phone out of your pocket. Many circumstances this can be rude or otherwise frowned upon, such as a meeting, movie, a date, etc.

The Pebble makes it easy to read notifications using e-paper technology, which allows users to read notifications in full sun light, unlike some other smart phones. Plus there are a ton of apps to download, too many to list here, but a few include  weather ujpdates, stock alerts, train schedules, and so on and so on.

One of the best things I like about the Pebble is the ability to change the watch face. There are over a 1,000 different Pebble watch face options. I’m a watch guy, so I want my smart watch to look like I’m wearing a regular watch, and with Pebble I can do just that.

The Pebble is also waterproof up to 165 feet, so no need to take it off before swimming. And you won’t have to worry about sweat or rain destroying it.

And like most smart watches, the Pebble connects wirelessly via Bluetooth with iOS and Android devices. It last up to 7 days on one charge.

Brushed Steel Pebble Watch Reviews

Most reviews of the Pebble are positive. Most reviewers like that the watch is water proof, making it a hardy choice for swimmers, as well as people who shower and hit the sauna while wearing their watch. Plus others like the fact that the brushed steel watch doesn’t look like something out of a sci-fi movie, but rather a nice high end watch. And the gorilla glass is impossible to scratch.

Most of all users like the ease of checking messages while driving or sitting in meetings, without having to take out their cell phones. And the ability to read email, see incoming calls, calendars and a host of great apps on their wrist.

So, overall the Brushed Metal Pebble gets superior reviews. On Amazon it gets, it gets 4 stars out of 5 stars, out of 154 customer reviews.

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band


About the Vivofit

Garmin Vivofit with a black band
The stylish looking Vivofit Fitness Band by Garmin is a top notch for your activity tracking needs. Out of all the fitness bands that I’ve looked at, this one is quite attractive. First off I like that it serves as a watch. I’m a little old fashioned in that I like to look to my wrist for the time, rather than pull out of phone to check. Plus it’s very minimal looking and comes in a color for just about anyone’s taste.

The Vivofit has most of the standard features that you’re going to find in most of the top notch fitness bands, but seems to go a little farther.

The Vivofit learns about your average activity while you wear it, assigning you goals to meet and improve on your activity. As you get stronger, the Vivofit adjusts the milestones it sets for you, getting you healthier day by day. And with a heart rate monitor built in, you can check out your heartrate.

One way it does this is by reminding you to get up and move. With most of us sitting at desks all day, we often get lulled into forgetting that we need to move to stay healthy. The Vivofit will remind you to get up and move with a red move bar that appears when you’ve been inactive for too long. It builds until you get up and do something for a couple of minutes.

Plus there’s no need to worry about device running out of juice, since a charge to your battery lasts past a year.

Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band Review

There seems to be more pros than cons for Vivofit in web reviews. Their is almost universal praise that the battery lasts for at least a year without a recharge, but a side effect to that is that the display is without a backlight, making it difficult to read in low light conditions. So if you are in a lot of low light conditions, and you really need to see the display, than the Vivofit might not be for you.

Garmin Connect is Garmin’s online fitness community. It allows you to sync data from your device to observe your accomplishments, and generally see how your doing. According to some reviews, a downside is that you must manually sync your information, with a touch of a button. So it doesn’t send your date automatically. For most users that isn’t a really big deal.

But in almost all other categories, the Garman Vivofit gets glowing reviews. Users are most impressed that the Vivofit is able to learn your normal activity levels, and won’t push your goals into something that you probably won’t be able to achieve. Plus you don’t have to put in your workout goals manually, something that has tripped me up on occasion, as I either take it too easy on myself, or push myself too far, resulting in injury.

Most users also like the device’s rubber band, as it is water proof, so you can use it in the pool, rain or in the shower.

So, overall this device gets superior reviews. On, out of 1,002 customer reviews, the Vivofit gets 3.5 stars out of 4 stars.

Notion Smarthome Sensors

Notion Smarthome Sensor

Notion is smart home device I heard about over at Werd. Notion lets you monitor what is going on in your home, via your smart phone, for things like the levels of your propane tank, water leaks, or if someone is trying to get into your gun safe.

Each purchase of Notion Smart Home includes a Hub, a Multi-function sensor, capable of detecting 8 customized actions and an app for iOS and Android.

According to their Kickstarter campaign, the Notion has 7 advaced sensors:

Accelerometer can tell you if your garage door is opened
Ambient light sensor knows if lights have been left on when they shouldn’t be
Gyroscope measures if a door or window opens
Temperature sensor can tell you if your HVAC system is down by detecting if the temperature of your house is getting too hot or cold
Piezoelectric transducer measures natural frequency and tells you things like how full a propane tank is or if a smoke alarm is going off
Proximity sensor will alert you if a gun safe is opened
Water leak probes instantly alerts you the second there is a leak

Check out their Kickstarter for more information.

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