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 …

The Incredible Effects of a Digital Detox

Kate Unsworth, creator of the connected jewelry line Kovert Designs, recently held a five-day digital detox to examine how time away from smartphones affects the human body and psyche. 35 CEOs and influencers gathered in the Moroccan desert to mix and mingle completely unplugged. After just a few days, participants’ posture straightened, their memory and sleep improved and some were even moved to make major …

Recon Instruments: Jet Smart Glasses

The long-awaited sports-specific heads-up display comes equipped with a camera, GPS and seamless connectivity

Wearable technology presents no shortage of possibilities, applications, innovations and, of course, challenges. Though Google has put Glass on hold (for now), other more specialized tech-enabled eyewear concepts are becoming very real consumer products. We’ve been following the development of the Jet from Vancouver-based Recon Instruments for years. It began as an idea in 2008 and today, 16 April 2015, the Recon Jet is available …