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Jawbone "Up" fitness wristbands get in shape

Published on Nov 14, 2012 8:29 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Wireless earpiece maker Jawbone on Tuesday released redesigned UP wristbands that combine fashion with smartphone lifestyles to help people along paths to improved fitness.

New UP wristbands debuted in the United States (US) with a US$129 (S$160) price tag nearly a year after original models were pulled from the market due to problems caused by moisture fouling up electronics in the "wearable computers".

UP presents data in bar graphs and timelines that show patterns and reveal how close people are to achieving fitness goals. The bands can signal people when they have been idle for more than 45 minutes.

"We launched to great fanfare, UP was our fastest selling product ever, and then we started hearing about the issues," Jawbone vice-president Travis Bogard said while giving AFP a preview of the redesigned model.

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