As leaked yesterday, Jawbone today released two new fitness trackers: the Move and the UP3.
The $50 Move is a low-end step and sleep tracker very similar to the Misfit: a metal disc that fits into either a clip or an extra-cost strap. Its user interface is a set of small LEDs that come alive when you press the disc. It’s powered by a watch battery, and comes in five colors. It syncs with the Smart Coach app, and is available for pre-ordering immediately with shipping and retail availability “later this month.”
One interesting “inside baseball” note: the Move is labelled as being powered by the Fullpower MotionX technology. Fullpower. founded by tech pioneer and entrepreneur Philippe Kahn holds several interesting wearables patents. The Nike FuelBand was also based on a Fullpower platform.
The $180 UP3 is the successor to the UP24. Rather than the cable-like look of the early UP trackers, the UP3 looks more like a FuelBand. What the UP3 gives up in distinctive look, though, it gains in sensor array. The UP3 doesn’t use an optical reader to monitor heart rate, like pretty much every other tracker. Instead, it uses bio-impedence sensors to monitor heart rate, respiration, skin and ambient temperature, and galvanic skin response. (Sounds like this might make an interesting lie detector, you know?)
Jawbone makes a pretty big deal out of the wrist strap and clasp. The UP3 is the company’s first one-size-fits-all tracker (aside from the Move), and Jawbone says getting the fit and materials right was a significant design challenge. Battery life is claimed at 7 days, with a 90 minute charge cycle via USB. Data moves via Bluetooth. It’s water-resistant to 10 meters.
UP3 will be available “later this year” in black, with other colors and designs coming next year.
If you’re into that sort of thing, and we suspect you are, there lots more to read about these products on the Jawbone blog.