technology


At the half-year mark at my new job,  I began to wonder how work was impacting my physical fitness. Although I run (wickedly satisfying) mental marathons on the weekdays, my desk job is no different from looking at sitting hours logged. So I bit the bullet to try out several fitness monitoring devices on the market.

Jawbone Up, Nike Fuelband, Fitbit One

At the heart of wearable devices like the FitBit One, Nike+ Fuelband, and Jawbone Up are accelerometers and algorithms that track how much you flail around daily (e.g. steps taken, calories burned). You set goals and monitor progress on the device / app.

I tried the Fuelband and the Up for a week each, since they were wristbands with solid reviews. The Jawbone Up scores higher on design, battery life, and functionality; the Nike Fuelband shines in its simplicity and one-button ease of use. Overall, I like the Up better, since the the bonus sleep monitoring feature gives way to answering interesting questions, e.g. how much sleep can I get on a redeye flight?

A few personal findings:

  • I sleep like a baby.
  • I have surprising average activity levels.
  • I compensate for weekday sitting by dancing through the weekends. See screencaps comparing steps taken at work vs. a concert.

Continue reading for device details on design & fit, app features, and battery life.
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The LunarGrand series sports the Nike Air Lunarlon shock-absorbing sport outsole on a dress shoe upper from Cole Haan (with memory foam insoles). Call it what you will, a sneaker that means business or a dressy running shoe–the line comes in great colorways and are wicked comfortable.

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Design sketches from Cole Haan’s Innovation Designer Salehe Bembury.
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The Gramercy Oxford doesn’t have the Lunarlon tech, but it does have an EVA sneaker outsole and is brilliant all the same.
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Designed by Richard Clarkson

100% wood with a 3M backing adhesive — oh, my.
Available for preorder from KARVT in different shades of cherry, walnut, pine, and bamboo.

How Gabriel Morales would box laboratory gloves.
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The Cyclops from Mr. Jones Watches tells time “with a relaxed kind of accuracy that offers a counterpoint to our hectic modern lives.” (Vacation watch!)


“The Web Trend Map plots the Internet’s leading names and domains onto the Tokyo Metro map. Domains and personalities are carefully selected through dialogue with map enthusiasts, and every domain is evaluated based on traffic, revenue, and character.”

Information Architects

As an infographic, it is very well executed. Click the link and scroll around the image – it’s quite impressive!

Jawbone PRIME Bluetooth Headsets in Earcandy Colors [via NotCot]

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Prada Travel Accessories Collection [via LOVE]

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