Rise Seattle, WA
Rise, a sleek new wearable sit tracker, allows people to track their sitting habits to improve their health. Rise tracks sitting time, enables personalized time limits for sitting, and lets wearers compete with friends. The Android and iOS apps allow Bluetooth 4.0 enabled devices to monitors unhealthy sitting habits and suggest new, healthier habits. Wearers are able to set timers to limit the time spent sitting, view their progress towards a healthier lifestyle, and compete with friends and colleagues to see who can incorporate the healthiest sitting habits. Rise is built around a tiny MEMS accelerometer that can measure motion and orientation of the wearer’s body. When it’s placed on the wearer’s waist or thigh, custom algorithms interpret the accelerometer data to determine if the wearer is sitting, standing, or active. Rise uses a simple magnetic fastener to stay in place no matter what clothing it’s attached to. While Rise will only track sitting to begin with, step counting and calorie counting algorithms are in the works.
Jawbone San Francisco, CA
UP by Jawbone is an activity tracker that consists of a flexible rubber-coated wristband and accompanying iPhone and Android app, UP allows users to track their sleep, eating habits, and daily activity including steps taken and calories burned. The wristband is water-resistant and designed to be worn 24/7, with a rechargeable battery that lasts for up to 10 days at a time. The wristband also features a vibration motor that can be programmed as an alarm to wake users in the best phase of their natural sleep cycle, or act as a reminder when users have been sedentary too long. The UP app includes a social-networking platform designed to add an extra layer of motivation within the system. UP users can view their friends’ data and engage in challenges with other users. Additionally, as a part of the UP Platform, Jawbone partnered with fitness related apps including: IFTTT, LoseIt!, Maxwell Health, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, Notch, RunKeeper, Sleepio,Wello, and Withings. The 3.0 software is intended to provide more real-time data and information to help motivate users achieve their goals through "Today I Will" targets related to sleep, movement, and water consumption. The app also suggests goals based on user's habits. Live notifications are provided on the UP24 so users will get push notifications when they get close to their goals. A new activity log gives a snapshot of a user's day and when the UP24 last synced. The 3.0 app also will automatically analyze sleep data from the previous night if users forget to press the button for sleep mode, and lets users edit sleep/wake times.