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Jawbone Up vs. Misfit Shine (Update) and where could wearable technology lead?

Published: October 23, 2013

Tags: tech innovation

If you have been following my articles on Jawbone Up vs. Misfit Shine and other wearable measurement technologies, you will probably want to hear an update from my side. If you are new to this series, certainly read my earlier articles on the wearable measurement devices: Which wearable measurement is the best – Review of Nike Fuelband, Jawbone UP or Fitbit and Which wearable measurement is the best – Review of Misfit Shine vs. Jawbone Up.  If you are interested in reading my thoughts on where wearable technology could read, skip to the end.

Here is the awaited update: I have been using Jawbone Up and Misfit Shine side by side for quite some time – several months. The data coming from both devices is actually quite similar (except when I go swimming, Shine clearly wins there).

Update on both devices:

  • Replacing Jawbone Up again – I am now getting a third Jawbone that Jawbone Support was so nice to provide, the device simply doesn’t last, and next time when I am betting on a particular wearable technology, I am going to get it in doubles
  • Misfit Shine – when you are turning on a particular activity – for example sleep, you cant really know if you are switching the activity on or off. It basically seems the Shine is trying to actively detect this. This doesn’t help when you forget to turn on a particular mode or don’t know which one is on – as there is no way to ask the Shine (there could be a specific tap to make). Also you can’t add sleep manually when you “forget” to tag the activity, which is something that I really miss.

Measuring – Misfit Shine vs. Jawbone: 1:0

Even though I would normally say 1:1, there are only nuances, the Misfit Shine measures more things

Analytics, displaying, interface, apps – Misfit Shine vs. Jawbone: 0:1

The interface in Jawbone UP is simply much much clearer, much nicer, the charts used are more flexible but also more readable. I heard that Shine is preparing a new application, hopefully coming soon!

Couple other points:

Handling – especially because of Misfit Shine”s (solvable!) interface management problem mentioned above, Jawbone is better.

Look – the Misfit Shine is very elegant, beautiful, especially in the dark its very nice, clear, and creates some attention if you double tap it.

Measurement – Misfit Shine wins here, not because its a lot better, but because of its battery (huge battery life), and the fact that you really don’t have to turn it off. I bought a few batteries and I think they can last for a few years.

Waiting for the “big” little device

I know there are wearables that already do take your pulse, but they are extremely bulky. I would like something practically wearable that does measure your pulse today. Something in the maximum size of the Nike Fuelband, but ideally the size of the Misfit Shine. I have hope such a device will be on the market sooner, rather than later.

Where could wearable technology lead?

It could lead to amazing places, thats why I am really excited about wearable technology. Everyone in the world is quite unique, but our patterns of movement, sleep, and blood pressure have something in common. It shows what our lifestyle is, and allows us to improve it. The accelerometers inside the wearable technologies could also soon function as an activity coach connected to your Google glass – Phone – or Tablet. It could tell you if your golf swing is off, it could tell you if you are running style is a bit off, it can tell you to put a little less or more energy into something. Many of these things are quite amazing. I can even imagine a very cool gamification of wearable technology and augmented reality, where you would wear 4 devices or more – one on each hand and one on each foot, and could play something really cool. The medical use-cases of wearable technologies are unexplored completely. You could detect things like heart attacks or anything close to them, you could train much better and generally live a healthier life. Your band could really help identify when you should do something and what that activity should look like.

Of course, the big future of wearable measurement is also that you would have a chip in your body – that today might be seen by going a bit too far, but I don‘t think we will think that in the future. That chip could help do a lot of things medically, possibly even be movable in the blood stream and help us fix and detect some issues.

Any wearables that you recently saw that you would like?

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