It’s been just over a year since we shared our thoughts on the original Moov fitness wearable, a device that changed the way we’ve thought about wearables ever since. It wasn’t as flashy as some of the other popular bands, but it did what it set out to do as well as any of them, and it did so without breaking the bank.
I love my Jawbone UP3. Quality control issues continue to plague Jawbone, but the device and accompanying app are fantastic. I recently lost 50 pounds in just three months, and there is absolutely no question that UP bands and software were instrumental in my success.
As I continue to lose weight — now down about 75 lbs — and improve my health, Jawbone’s products still play an integral role for me. But there is one area where the UP falls short, and a former Apple engineer has stepped up to fill that huge gap. More →
If you’re in the market for a fitness wearable, you typically need to be prepared to spend over $100. The recently released Fitbit Charge HR sells for around $150, the Microsoft Band will run you $200 and the cheapest Apple Watch still costs $349.99. Luckily, if you’d rather not break the bank, Moov has a great deal worth checking out. More →
America has never been as fat as it is right now. And I had never been as fat as I was seven months ago.
I don’t usually discuss personal matters here on the site, but weight is a serious issue that hundreds of millions of people around the world struggle with constantly. According to a report released earlier this month by the World Health Organization, more than 600 million adults across the globe were obese in 2014, and almost 2 billion were categorized as overweight. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that more than one-third of all adults in America — 78.6 million people — are obese.
In early July, I was one of those 78.6 million obese Americans. At 6 feet tall and 235 pounds, my Body Mass Index (BMI) was 31.9, just north of the CDC’s obesity threshold of 30.
Today, at 172 pounds, my BMI is 23.3, which falls within the CDC’s “normal” range of 18.5-24.9.
I worked hard to get where I am right now, and I still have work left to do. It took a lot of exercise and discipline, but technology also played a big role in my efforts, and in this post I’ll explain how I did it. More →
Picking out a smartphone is a tremendously difficult chore considering all of the great choices out there, but picking the right accessories for your phone can be even more difficult. Why? Because instead of choosing from a dozen or so solid choices, there are hundreds or even thousands.
With the holidays fast approaching, we dug through the crates and selected 10 of the best mobile accessories money can buy. Looking for the perfect gift? Looking to treat yourself this holiday season? You can’t go wrong with any of the great devices on this list. More →
Wearable devices comprise the next exciting frontier for consumer electronics. Or so we’ve been told. The sad truth is that wearables have been around for years already and we have yet to see anything truly exciting hit the market. Tech giants like Sony, Samsung and soon Apple are aggressively moving into wearables now that growth in the smartphone and tablet markets is slowing, but the pitch for these new devices — you won’t have to take your phone out of your pocket as often — isn’t exactly resonating with the general public quite yet.
But I have seen the future of wearable technology and it’s much more exciting than you might think. More →
Consumers excited by the prospect of a fitness tracker that does more than just sit idly on your wrist and record your steps can now rest assured that one of the most intriguing wearable concepts we have seen do date will definitely be launching later this year. Moov on Friday announced that not only did it reach its crowdfunding goal of $40,000, its campaign took just 90 minutes to do so. And $40,000 is nothing compared to the company’s total raise thus far, which now sits at almost $1 million two weeks after the campaign launched.
According to Moov, its campaign is “the most successful fitness crowdfunding campaign ever.” More →
The Jawbone UP24 is the best fitness tracker on the market right now, hands down. The design is great, it’s accurate, the accompanying software is terrific and so far the battery hasn’t gone bad. What the UP24 is not, however, is a game-changer that shows us the future of wearables and fitness tracking. UP24, like most competing solutions, is passive. It tracks your movements and then shows you historical data. But what if there was a solution that doesn’t just show you what you have done, but also tells you what you should do.