Wearable Tech Gets Emotional

London-based studio Vinaya's minimalist Zenta bracelet goes beyond tracking activity

London-based tech design studio and lab Vinaya wants wearables to make us feel more human and less hamster. For its debut line Altruis, they developed luxe—albeit still bulky—jewelry in iPhone-evoking colors that vibrates different patterns under specific conditions you set: a call from mom, emails from your team, texts from a potential date, a personal alarm, etc. All with the goal to focus on the …

Jawbone UP Gets Back on Track

The activity monitor gets slimmer bands, new colorways, but most importantly: a much-needed firmware update

Released earlier this spring, the new generation of Jawbone UP products (2, 3 and 4, the latter which includes contactless AmEx payments on top of heart rate and temperature tracking) offered a favorable initial impression, but after a few weeks, we retired the UP3 from our arm line-up due to some unacceptable usability issues. A double-tap gesture was required to switch between activity and sleep …