Jawbone is no more, with the fitness tracker and bluetooth speaker company CEO liquidating the business' assets, and moving on to the medical software and hardware industry.
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Keeping track of your steps or your heart rate might seem like a small thing, but it can contribute a lot to your overall health. One of the simplest ways to track your fitness -- whether it's just by measuring the number of steps you take in a day, or whether it's monitoring your heart rate regularly, or whether it's tracking the distance and time and even the route of your runs or exercise bike journeys -- is to buy a smart fitness tracker, one that syncs with your smartphone or tablet. These are the five best wireless trackers we've tested as of November 6, 2015.
There are dozens of different fitness trackers on electronics store shelves these days, and they all measure movement and energy expenditure and fitness in wildly different ways. But it turns out that no one tracker is more competent than another in actually accurately tracking your steps, even though the aggregate day-to-day data is what matters.
Fitness trackers are great, if you buy into that sort of 'quantified self' thing. Having easily understandable data on your daily activity helps you measure one day against the next, pat yourself on the back when you hit your goals and work out when you have to get outside and actually move. The UP Move is the cheapest way to get yourself into Jawbone's now-excellent app and its associated ecosystem.
Let's not split hairs: fitness trackers can be pretty expensive. You're looking at anywhere between $100-$200 for a decent fitness tracking band for your wrist or to clip onto your pants, for example. So, in a bid to lower the cost of entry into the fitness tracking space, Jawbone has decided to create a cute little fitness pendant called the Up Move for just $69.
The days of dedicated fitness trackers may be numbered. The evidence is piling up: the Apple Watch will be your personal trainer, the new Basis Peak is adding smartwatch-like notifications... and now the Pebble smartwatch is becoming a fitness tracker too.
Over the past few years, fitness bands have come to completely dominate the "wearable computing" market. Unlike smart watches, which don't really seem to know what they're for, fitness bands have been honed to a singular purpose: improving the wearer's health. There are currently scores of different fitness bands on the market, ranging from trendy pedometers to complete life coaches on-a-wrist. We take a look at some of the most popular options on the market.