Jawbone UP3 Fitness Tracker Packs a Host of Sensors

Since most fitness trackers perform the same set of functions, the chances of any of them coming up with something new are pretty slim. And yet, Jawbone UP3 achieves that using an entire set of sensors.

The flagship wearable of Jawbone goes beyond fitness and sleep tracking, as it can monitor plenty of other activities thoroughly. As if its functionality wasn’t enough, the UP3 is also quite fashionable, looking more like a piece of jewelry around the wrist of women wearing it. Besides a new activity tracker equipped with lots of sensors, Jawbone has also rolled out an improved software platform that will help people make sense out of the data collected by the wearable.

“Our mission was to create the world’s most powerful activity tracker in the smallest possible design, and we believe we have done that with the UP3 band,” pointed out Travis Bogard, VP of product management and strategy at Jawbone. “Our advanced, multi-sensor platform delivers a huge amount of new health data, backed by our smart algorithms and our highly personalized Smart Coach system. And because the technology is fully updateable, we’re able to unveil great new features and experiences in the coming months.”

UP3 makes use of advanced bioimpedance sensors to measure resting heart rate with great precision. In order to make sure that the information is precise, the wearable measures it automatically each morning, before you start moving or drinking your coffee. This way, you can be sure that the results are not influenced by external factors.

Before people start screaming that their privacy is violated by Jawbone collecting their data, they should learn that the entire process only includes anonymized user information. The data ends up in Jawbone’s blog posts, where various comparisons and cause-and-effect details are presented.

The wearable will be available in black for $179.99 at Jawbone.com, Apple and Best Buy, with more colors to be added next year. Some may think that the price is steep, considering that the wearable has no means of displaying notifications or stats on itself, but given its diverse functions and the accuracy of the sensors, I’d say that the price is right for anyone who is serious about monitoring his or her activities.

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