Jawbone Unveils Up3 $180 Health Band
Jawbone unveils the latest $180 Up3 health tracking wristband. Jawbone has crafted an all-day activity tracker that appears more refined than most of its competitors.
It features heart-rate monitoring that may actually work consistently, unlike what we've seen from many competitors. In short, the Up3 is a health tracker built for people obsessed with health tracking. If you're looking for something a bit more entry-level, consider the new Up Move, which the company also announced today.
The Up3 still doesn't feature any sort of screen; you'll still be looking at blinking LEDs; but its central unit is now touch sensitive, so you won't have to go fishing for any buttons. Jawbone says it will get around seven days of battery life, and it's also water resistant up to 10 meters. The device is compatible with Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire OS.
The Up3's combination of design and functionality is best shown by how it handles heart-rate monitoring. Most other wearables on the market rely on green LED sensors that have to be held close to the skin very carefully to detect your heart rate. The Up3, on the other hand, gets your heart rate by measuring galvanic skin response using the skin and temperature sensors in its arm bands. At launch, the Up3 will be able to measure your heart rate when you're at rest, but an update will eventually enable on-demand heart rate monitoring.
The black version of the Up3 will be available for $180 by the end of the year, with additional colors coming next year.
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