Most people who have their movements monitored via a limb-embellishing bracelet tend to have done something erring on the side of ‘criminal’ to have earned it, but ever since Nike made it possible for fitness-fanatics to have their trainers talk to their smartphones, recording every inch of ground they cover and the calories they burn doing it, it’s no longer just whey-faced wrong-doers embracing the electronic tag trend.
Of course, after Nike+ first hit the ground running a glut of similar exercise enhancing on-body sensor thingies followed, but most notable of late is Jawbone’s UP fitness tracking bracelet, an option that, after a bit of a faltering start on the open source OS, finally made it onto the Android market on Tuesday when its app arrived on Google Play.
So, if you’ve been wondering/worried about the state of your health and general fitness, now for the sum of £99 you can slip on the stylish bracelet, download the app and let the UP measure every minutiae of your mobility, from the steps you take and the movement you make in the waking world to your unconscious exertion at night, calculating the calories you’ve cut and working out how well you slept for you.
Alongside keeping a close Android eye on your exercise intake, the app will also issue notifications (optional) when it decides you’ve been inactive for too long and need to switch of Loose Women and go for a walk, and even includes a barcode scanner to help judge the healthiness of, say, that Findus 100% Horse Lasagne you were deliberating over for dinner.
Running on Android 4.1 Ice Cream Sandwich and available for free, if you feel you could benefit from a bracelet, you can download the app from Google Play today and arm your arm with the actual UP here. Now run, you fools!