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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.

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ChaseItOrBChased 2014 xmas list

1 Dec

And it’s this period of the year again when we send Santa hints about what we would like to receive in our socks our under the xmas tree.
I prefer to play it safe and to write a letter with references of the products that I would like, as well as straight links to the website … Mom if you read this, you now know what to do 😉

1. To be on time at the office and to do much more with a watch than with a regular watch, I definitively need the Apple Watch. It will be released early 2015 and I decided to go for the Sport Watch (silver aluminum case with the green band). Starting at $399.
2. When all is out, and there’s no more electricity, I definitively need the Yeti Solar 150 generator by GoalZero (it works with the Nomad 20 Solar Panel). It will tackle the 911 situations when I need to charge my MacBook Pro, my iPad and iPhone and hubby’s tech gears too. Priced at $199

Watch by Apple

Apple Watch

Sherpa 150 by GoalZero

Sherpa 150 by GoalZero

3. Beddit by Misfit is great to spy on my sleep. Heartbeat, deep sleep vs light sleep and awakening periods. You’ll have it all on the app.
No more discussion if you snore or not, the app will know it all!
Just wrap the band around your mattress and go to bed counting sheeps, the Beddit will do the rest. $149, available now.
4. I already own the Biscuit (I love it, it follows me everywhere like my shadow) and I would like to experience a longer board. My eyes fell on the Pescadito by Hamboards. This model is priced $425.

Beddit by Misfit

Beddit by Misfit

Pescadito by Hamboards

Pescadito by Hamboards

5. To run like a rabbit on the treadmill at the gym, I would like the Nike Lunarglide6 Flash3.
They are also really cool if you wear them outside at night as they are reflecting in low light, $140.
6. I’m into reflection big time and the Gear-016 Dots 3M socks will be a great match with my Nike. The socks are organic with 3M reflective dots, $16.

Lunarglide Flash by Nike

Lunarglide Flash by Nike

Polka dots socks

Polka dots socks

7. To see things from above I definitively need the brand new Bebop drone by Parrot. To be released soon. Price TBA.
8. Also glowing in the dark, the supercool Fixie bike Zulu by Purefix, $340.

Bebop drone by Parrot

Bebop drone by Parrot

Zulu by

Zulu by Purefix

Wishing you great holidays!

Shining like a star!

15 Sep

Misfit ShineI’m into the Nike Fuelband for more than 738 days now. I’m addicted, I don’t leave home without it and if I forget it I come back to pick it up…

Today, I received the Shine by Misfit.

Basically it’s a small pod (containing 3 accelerometers) that you can wear as a clip (for the shoes or pocket), as a bracelet or as a necklace.
The Shine, as the Fuelband, promises to track your activity, day and night.

The Shine and its accessories straight from the box

The Shine and its accessories straight from the box

 

 

First, let’s unpack the Shine and open it to put in the battery (lifetime is about 6 months). Inside the package a plastic wristband, a clip, a battery and an handy tool to open the pod and insert the battery.

The Shine on its magnetic clip

The Shine on its magnetic clip

The Shine is also a watch

Ready for a morning run

The battery lasts up to 6 months

The battery lasts up to 6 months

Then let’s sync it with the iPhone (free app to download on iTunes).
Launch the app, double tap the pod and place it on your iPhone screen in the red circle (sometimes it works when I keep it close to the iPhone, so I don’t have to unclip it).

The Shine splits each day in 4 sections: day, night, weight and friends.

As the other “health trackers app”, the Shine app allows you to set goals. Goals in term of activity, sleep and weight loss.

1. Day: the Shine tracks the activity like any other band. The activities are split by types and times (swimming, running, walking (pretty active, kinda active), …

You can create sessions too.
Just triple tap the pod and start tagging your activity.
30 minutes of land-surfing using the wristband got me about 200 points (while wearing it at the wrist, 4 bright lights on my pod).

your daily score and objective

your daily score and objective

traduction of your score in steps, cal and km

traduction of your score in steps, cal and km

Highlight of today

Highlight of today

2. Night: the pod tracks your sleep.
I set my goal at 8 hours of sleep, then when I go to bed, the tracking of my sleep starts. You can set an alarm to wake up the next morning.
Your sleep will be split between restful sleep vs light sleep periods. It will also tell you when you went to bed and woke up.

Analysis of the night

Analysis of the night

Weekly analysis of the sleep

Weekly analysis of the sleep

NB:
. The Fuelband doesn’t analyze your sleep. You just see the activity line on the bottom of your chart. It calculates the duration of your sleep and your average sleeping time.
. The Jawbone tracks your sleep in details with a split between deep and light sleep as well as awakening duration.

3. The weight loss or gain.
Weight yourself and add the results, the Shine will draw a nice chart.

4. You can also search for your friends having a Shine and add them so you can challenge them.

What about the battery?
3-4 days for the Fuelband and a week for the Jawbone,
Basically I should be good for 6 months with the Shine, then I just need to replace the battery!!
The pod is waterproof unlike the Fuelband and Jawbone.

What’s fun with the Shine is the fact that you have accessories to track the most effective way your daily activities (necklace, wristband or clip for the shoes (when you bike)).

I like the fact that I don’t have to charge the pod every 3-4 days, I can totally forget it.
I don’t have to take it off while having a shower or swimming in the pool.
Now biking and swimming count unlike the Fuelband and the Jawbone!

I’m ok with the fact that unlike the Fuelband I don’t have a screen to check my progress, instead I have 12 led lights blinking. And with a bit of practice I can also read the time and understand its blinking language.

I don’t like the fact that it contains a strong magnet that may interfere with my other tech devices (since I wear it, I didn’t notice any interferences yet).

ChaseIt or BChased ?
If I have to sum it up, I love this Shine and I hope more friends will switch to it so we can compare our activities. I’m ready to drop the Fuelband!

PS:
. the Apple Watch is supposed to be THE standard when we talk about connected bracelet. Priced at $399 for the lowest models, it should be released early 2015.
. The Shine is priced at $99

More infos
. Shine official website
. Follow @misfit

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!

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