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The battle of the connected bracelets

14 Dec

For more than a year, I’ve been wearing the Shine from Misfit pod (from Misfit) on the wrist. It counts my steps, measures my activities and monitors my sleep. I have friends and everyday we can see who was the most active in our chart.

I was a bit disappointed of the accuracy of the data measured when I started skateboarding and wanted to keep track of the distance, calories spent, …

So, I did some Shine vs Runtastic … I positionned the pod on my foot, then back on the wrist with the support of the app Runtastic (an app that tracks whatever sport your are practicing).

Now, I’ve been upgraded to the brand new UP3 by Jawbone!

Let’s start with the basics:

  • Autonomy: 7 days for the UP3 vs 4 months (with a replaceable battery). I think I can cope with one charge a week to be on top.
  • Waterproof: yes for the Shine, watersplash for the Up3, perfect to go under the shower. So, you will swim with the Shine, not with the Up3.
  • Both bracelets will track the activity, steps, sleep and burn calories.

The UP3 goes further and will analyse the heart beat, the sleep pattern, the eating habits and will coach us through the day.

Let’s unpack the UP3 and set it up.

  • The pairing was super easy, just connect the band to its charging cable,
  • wait for the lights of the bracelet to blink,
  • and launch the Up3 app to pair it to your phone through a bluetooth connection.

What’s cool in the UP3 is that the apps “talks” to lots of partners apps really strong on their tracking.
1. Activity, I connected my UP3 to Runtastic* (a gps app tracking lots of physical activities, I use it mainly to track my skateboard rides, my gym).

Alert: Up3, lets you customize alerts. I turned the option on to have a little buzz in the bracelet every 2 hours of inactivity between 9am to 7pm. It will force me to move from my chair and chill with my colleagues …

2. Sleep. I think this is the key of the UP3 (all the UPs, not only the UP3, are really strong in the sleep analysis).
The analyse is quite deep and will split the sleep between

  • deep sleep,
  • light sleep,
  • awaken period and how many times you wake up
  • and the REM (aka Rapid Eye Movement, one of the 5 stages of sleep) aslo know as the paradoxal sleep
  • all those info, crossed with the passive heart rate.

I never had those data before. The cool think is that the “coach” will help you improve your sleep, heart beat, eating habits.

PS: You have the possibility to add a “nap” during the day with the Up3, not with the Shine.

3. Food.
I connected to the “Lose It” app.
This app has a great database. Scan the barcode and here you go, all the nutrition info will be in the app (sugar, sodium, …).
It’s not easy to keep up with what we eat, as somethings it’s not referenced and I don’t know how many calories, sugar, … are in my mochi. Then the UP3 will give it and “healthy note“, out of 10.
Don’t forget to drink it’s good for your heart, brain, … and will help on your healthy note.
You can scan your product or enter manually its nutritive properties in the Up3 app or you can sync it with the LooseIt app (the scan is really pertinent and their database is huge).

PS: Loose It has a great database that works well for the US, not really for Europe … lots of manual entries if you are in Europe.

4. Smart coach.
The smart coach gives you tips, following your eating/drinking, sleeping, activity habits and challenge you for your own good.
The good thing about the smart coaching is that it’s there to help you get healthier and to make you think about your habits.

I love my Up3 because

  • It really makes me think about my habits (especially the sleeping habits),
  • it’s great to see the analyses of the heart beat (passive, during the sleep)
  • The coaching is also interesting and changes from just hitting your daily goal (it’s more qualitative)

I can’t keep up with the eating habits even if I want to … I just ate a plate of 12 different sushis, don’t know and want to enter each sushi manually … (lazy me).

ChaseIt or Bchased?

ChaseIt
because

  • the Up3 comes with one of the best app on the market
  • the smart coaching is useful
  • the analysis of the sleep goes a step further than its competitors
  • the heart analysis is interesting and frees us from the chest belt
  • I love the feeding of information through 3rd parties apps

Bchased
because

  • the Up3 is a bit fragile
  • the Up3 needs to charge every week
  • the charging cable is perfectible and needs to be well align on the bracelet … or no charging

PS: Up3 communicate with the Runtastic app (the free version). If you have the pro version, download the free one, log in and keep both Runtastic Pro and Runtastic on your phone. When you start your session, launch Runtastic (free version) not the pro one. Up 3 will be fed the info by Runtastic not by the pro version.

Story to continue with the analysis of the accuracy of the data between the Shine and the Up3.

Battle in my ears !

16 Feb

Powerbeats by DreLike you, I have 2 ears, one phone and one iPad.
I don’t like holding my iPhone to my ear … I can’t play games, take notes, … while in conversation … That’s why I always use earphones.
I have the Yurbuds ($69) when I workout at the gym. They are waterproof and won’t fall during the effort thanks to the twist and lock system. The buds in silicone are pleasant to wear, easy to wear them all day long.
BUT there’s the wire which is always tangled … not cool.

I also use the New Era by Jawbone ($99), a super light bluetooth earpiece. Great to wear all day long, listening to music and talking to my contacts. This is a great earpiece that can be connected to up to 8 devices (the New Era will switch from one phone to another to take the call, I love it!). But it’s so tiny that I have to be careful not to lose it.
The autonomy is only 4 hours … a little bit short if you are a heavy user …

I’ve been recently introduced to the Powerbeats Bluetooth headset ($199) and I must admit I LOOOVE it!

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The round the ear solves the issue of the popping out buds while running. Checked!

No more tangle and knots, the headset is bluetooth. Checked!

The headset comes with 3 different sizes and shapes of buds. After some tests, I found the ones fitting my inner ear. I can wear it all day long. Keep it in while talking. When I take them off, I leave it around my neck and it stays put.

The autonomy is 6 hours. Enough for a full day at work with a mix of listening to the radio whole on the way to the office and back home as well as conference calls. The Powerbeats are fully charged in about 90 minutes, 15 minutes of charging time will give an extra hour of listening to the music.
Checked!

The cable linking both earpieces is made of silicon. While doing sport I wear it on the back of my neck, while talking on the phone I put in front of me to have the mic closer to my mouth.

So who wins the battle ? The Yurbuds, the New Era or the Powerbeats ? …
The Powerbeats because it replaces all my earpieces for my daily uses: talking, listennning to music, skateboarding, … I kept my Yurbuds while on the plane when watching tv shows.

PS: little downside of the Powerbeats is the fact that the headset can only be linked to one bluetooth device at a time … call me picky … still I love my Powerbeats!

Also, if you watch TV shows or movies with your wireless Beats, be aware that there will be a delay between what you watch and what you hear. I listen to music and talk on the phone with my Beats so I don’t mind.
A bit annoying though. 😦

Back to school, on the smart side

1 Sep

Vacations are over, we had fun on the beach, BBQ everyday, made new friends, discovered new places… Basically we enjoyed our time off before the rat race starts again.
As we didn’t win the Powerball, we have to go back to the office and we better be ready.
Here’s what I always have with me to face the worst.

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. Extra battery for my iPhone, iPad and computer, the Sherpa 50 by GoalZero (powered by a solar panel!!)
. Jump Cable by Native Union, giving you a 30% boost and serving a a charging cable too
. Klean Kanteen bottle, to cut on using plastic
. Nunn tabs to stay hydrated during the work day
. Luminox watch, the brand of the Navy Seals (I switched to the textile bracelet to have it a bit funkier)
. A Bluetooth earpiece, the New Era by Jawbone (4 hours autonomy, super light)
. Tile, a bluetooth tag that helps me not to forget my stuff behind (in this case my wallet)
. Shine by Misfit to track my daily and night activity
. And my beloved Biscuit skate by Hamboards to land-surf to the office and back home (still practicing).
Have fun, work well and the next vacations are around the corner!

She knows the way and whispers in my ear!

7 Jul

iPhone 5, I travel a lot and don’t know each new place. I love to use GoogleMaps as a GPS, but it’s a bit strange when your phone is yelling the direction (turn right on whatever street …).
So, I prefer to have the instructions straight in my ear thanks to my bluetooth Era earpiece (by Jawbone).
It’s handy, discreet and you can leave your phone in your pocket.
GoogleMaps is great for this with its audio guidance, and it’s totally free (no in-app purchase after one month!).
I like to use it with the Yelp app (where you can find anything you are looking for, from a restaurant to sporting goods shop and it works around the world!).
So basically
1. I get the address through Yelp (I have reviews, pictures, infos about the schedule)
2. I copy the address
3. I open GoogleMaps and paste the address.
Then let you guide by the girl, she knows the way!!!

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Try it! It works if you are walking, biking and driving.
If you are in a big city like Paris, London, NY, … and are using ground transportation. Try the free app Citymapper (no audio guidance but cool to see you on the subway map and checking the stations left).

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Happy travels.

FuelMe Up ?

29 Aug

When the Up from Jawbone was released back then in November 2011, I jumped on it to try it out.
I looovved it! It was great to track your physical activity, your sleep.
A little less great for the tracking of your food habits.
But the big downfall was the battery life.
My 1st Up died in December and was immediately replaced by Jawbone.
I received my new one in January but it lasted only one week, big disappointment and I decided to give up on the Up …
until the Fuelband caught my attention.

And of course, weak as I am when it comes to technology, I had to buy it.
It’s now my 7th day with my Fuelband and I wanted to share with you my experience.

A little bit of history, FuelBand  is made by Nike and is part of the family of Nike+ products: they got the Nike+ SportWatch GPS (169$), Nike+ Running App, Nike+ SportBand (59$), Nike+ (29$) that your put in your shoes, …

The Nike+ products family communicates with you. To choose the right one for you, you need to think about which one is best depending on what sport you in, what kind of physical activity you practice and what you want to track.

I’m not a runner but I like to keep track of my daily activity (how many steps, how many miles/km did I walk, how many calories did I burn). I also like the fact that I can set a goal and try to reach it everyday, which keeps me motivated to move.

Ok, it was an easy task for the girl at the Nike Town to sell me the Fuelband. And after buying it, I came back to her and we set it up together.

  • 1st you connect the band to a computer and upgrade the FuelBand OS.

During that time, let’s check what’s in the box.

    • One cable to charge your band (on a USB plug, or to sync it on your computer).
    • One piece of plastic that can be used to extend the length of your band (they call it a link). The sizing tool to extend or shorten your bracelet.
    • A stand to nicely place your bracelet in style when you charge it.
  • 2nd you create and configure your account (height, weight, age, goal you want to set) on Nike+ community.
  • 3rd you all set to walk/run/excercise with your Nikefuel.

The infos your one-button band will give you:

  • Steps
  • Time
  • Fuel
  • Calories

How does it count my steps ?
The 27gr bracelet (I got the small one) contains a 3 axis accelerometer that measure my motion all day and night long.
The curved battery fully charged should last 4 days before recharging. And it takes 3-4 hours for a full charge.

What’s the Fuel ?
The Nike measure of your activity. The more you move, the more you earn. And because you measure your activity, you can improve.

How do I synchronize ?

  • Easy, be sure your iPhone has the blue tooth mode on,
  • Start the Fuelband app,
  • Then push 2-3 seconds on the button of your band until you see “sync” glowing,
  • then let go, the Bluetooth logo blinks on your iPhone (meaning the connection is done), then the app uploads the infos from the bracelet!

As simple as pushing a button !!

So now, you ready to jump, run, walk, exercise.

Next, we’ll check the app on the iPhone.

PS: the price of the bract is 162$ and has a 4-days autonomy (mine does have 2-3 days autonomy)

Smooth awakening rather than a cold shower on a Monday morning ? Your choice !

12 Dec

Tired of being awaken by your screaming alarm clock while you are dreaming of your brand new appartement on 5th ave that the Kleiers just found for you ? That was just a dream so WAKE UP !
I have a solution for you, the smart alarm function of my Up from Jawbone.
How does it work ?
Program your wristband to your wake up time, in my case it’s 8:15am on the weekdays and don’t wake me up before in the week-end.
Then synchronise your wristand and do whatever you need to.
The Up will wake you up between 7:45 to 8:15am when your sleep is the lightest by vibrating on your wrist. If you sleep like a log, it will wake just on time at 8:15.
The result, you wake up on time or a little bit before, fresher because the brand analyses your microvibrations and knows when to wake you up. Nice to have, your bed-buddy can sleep over because he/she won’t be disturbed by the alarm clock.
I used it for 3 weeks now and I like it !

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Check out my tennis workout today

11 Dec


The Up from Jawbone got a “workout mode” that analyses you workout and split it in vigorous, moderate and light.
To summarize, I played tennis for 1 hour and 57 minutes, burned 203,8calories, run for 4,65km (6066 steps).
The exercise was vigorous during 34 minutes, moderate during 11 minutes and light for 71 minutes …

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