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The only way is UP !

21 Nov

“The only way is UP baby” sang Yazz back in the 80s (check it out on iTunes), now it’s Jawbone’s turn to sing it with the release of its brand new toy called “UP“.
The UP is a bracelet that you can wear 24/7. It’s autonomy goes up to 10 days when fully charged (fully charged in 80 minutes).
It then upload all your activities on iPhone or iPad through its jack plug:

  • Working in your cubicle
  • Running at the park
  • Grabing lunch at Dean and DeLuca
  • Watching “Property virgins” with Sandra Rinomato on HGTV while eating crisps
  • Sleeping on your Tempur bed
  • Playing Spin Tennis at the wii

It will track down everything you do and tip off you eDevice and crunch the data to draw your profile.
Aim of the game to improve your life by doing excercise, eating healthier, oversleeping on Sunday … getting you conscious about your pattern and bad habits.
So when it was released on the 2nd week of November, I had to buy one and test it (so far, it’s available in the US and Canada at Best Buys, Apple Store … Coming soon in Europe). The bracelet’s price is $99.
First, what color was i supposed to choose ? Black, silver, 2 kinds of reds, blue, dark brown and bright white. I kept it low profile and bought a black one.
I’ve been testing it for a few days and it’s fun.

What is the UP tracking 24/7 ?

  • Turn it on day mode when you wake up by pushing the silver button and it starts tracking your physical activities.
  • Take a picture of what you eat and add it to your daily activities. It won’t count the calories (too bad, maybe it’s for the next app update), but will ask you how you feel 1 hour after you ate (hungry, full …).
  • When you exercices,  press-press and hold the silver button and the tracking will start.
  • Then when you’ll finally go to bed, turn it back to sleep mode and while you’re sleeping like a baby, the “Up” won’t be sleeping but monitoring your sleep and wake up period.

Upload then the content of the Up whenever you want by connecting the end of the bracelet into the jack plug of the iPhone or iPad, then you’ll see the graph of your day.

  • The 1st tracks my daily activities. How many steps, miles or km and calories done or burnt.
  • The 2nd graph shows the food you ate and when you ate it (just take a picture before eating and put it in the iPhone right away)
  • The 3rd graph reports my sleep with a split between light/deep sleep and awaken period.

The Up is also a communitarian device. You can create teams and participate to challenges “eat 1 veggie and 1 fruit every meal during 14 days”, “drink 8 glasses of water every day” … I’m not yet into challenges, but who knows maybe i’ll be later?

ChaseIt or BChased ?
ChaseIt because it makes you conscious about your way of life: exercising/eating and sleeping habits. It’s also fun too!
The price is a little hight ($99) but it’s a sweet toy for grown ups.

More infos on
Jawbone Up page
Follow @iheartup, the Up community on Twitter
Dean and DeLuca
Property virgins” with Sandra Rinomato
Tempur beds

You have a sink ? You have a washing machine too!

14 Oct

Do you live in a cramped apartment ?
The Kleyers (from”Selling NY” on HGTV) didn’t help you to find a 300 sqft crib?
You are facing the dilemma of choosing between a dishwasher and a washing machine ? And you decided to go for the dishwasher
because you have sensitive hands and you prefer watching “America Got Talent” than washing your dirty plates …
BUT now if  you have a sink,  you have a washing machine too thanks to Smeg !!!
Smeg created a washing machine with a sink on top of it. Handy or what ? Handy and smart !
LBL14 exists in white, blue or pink. I wen’t for the blue one.
It’s expensive but you won’t waste 90 minutes of your life every week fighting with your fellow roommates to do laundry 😉

Sorry it’s not available in the US.

More info (in french) on

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