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Just got my UP band and am really enjoying it. I love the barcode scanner as that has really made it easy to log calories. The band is very light and comfortable and doesn't pull on my arm hair like I was expecting.
I have a small list of suggestions that I feel would very much add some welcome features and value to it.
1. Bluetooth - I know this one is obvious and I know the next version will probably have this. I assume the architecture, silicone/chip layout and molds were all still in place from the first and it would have cost a large chunk of change both financially and time wise to change\add.
I really feel this is necessary though, because as the design currently stands, with no visual reference in relation to goal progress on the band itself, it feels very necessary to have quick access via phone in between meetings etc. without having to connect and sync. Again, this is a moot point as I am certain you all are well into initial design sketches and feature lists for v2.
2. Optional caloric intake and calories burned goals/trackng - I think plenty of people would love to be able to set goals for each of these and reference a graph or feel rewarded by a graph when they hit or miss those goals just like the sleep/steps.
3. Full Facebook/Path/Google+ integration - This one is actually surprising that it's missing because of the obviousness. Customers have come to expect deep social integration within products now and the ability to "brag" about hitting daily goals or publicly challenge friends (or teammates) to distance runs would be killer! I for one would be extremely motivated to outrun my friends if it was posted on Facebook/Path. Not only that, but its FREE advertising for you every time someone posts about it. I would almost push this to the top of the list.
4. GPS running distance map tracking - It's a little boggling that the only use of location data currently that I see is to track where we eat, and not our workouts! Nike + posts I see from people on Path show intensity and maps out workouts for others to see. This again, feels obvious and would be valuable info both for the user as well as bragging/challenge info for social.
5. Web Portal data access - A perfect example of this is the Nest thermostat. Everything available in their app can be accessed through a super slick web portal. All HTML 5, and works like a charm. This could be synced with phone over network and then could update the band via Bluetooth.
To wrap up, I really feel if these features were added that UP would truely be the most attractive option on the market, resulting in increased word of mouth and professional review brand recognition to help overcome the Nike brand behemoth. Im really looking forward to the future of the UP and it's been a wonderful introduction to the Jawbone brand as my first purchase into your eco system. Thanks again for standing behind your product and brand in the midst of last year's launch and coming back better and stronger.
All The Best,
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Completely agree with you on all your points,especially the blutooth as we dont get any info on screen untill we plug in our band. about the gps there is no gps chip in the band itself and inclusion of it in the future might increase the cost of the band. A workaround is to make the app itself to track your running/cycling route as the iphone already comes with a gps. Something like the Nike + app (which is also free) which you can run the background and that works in conjunction with the band to provide info that the band calculates and the route.Also an altimenter in future generations of the up band would help as you can measure steps climbed or caloric burn while going on slope etc.Also the social network integration and web portal is a must.I would like to add a few suggestions too.
1) Please add the ability to track weight on a weekly basis. And the app should recoment caloric intake fo a day based on your current weight and where you want to be.
2) A comparision graph of tour average weekly stats.
3) A like button that you can use on your friends food options/comment/mood etc.
4)Ability to add your own ingredients and store the group of ingredients as a custom meal, with a custom name and ability to add a custom photograph. Also many of the food options available by scanning have just a pic of a dinner plate, so ability to add your own pics to that.
5)Earning badges for schievements and motivation.
6) Ability to chat/personal message teammates.
7) Ability to set reminders for supplements with a popup notification of supplements to take at the set time along with a vive from the band.
8) Seperate meter for water intake and ability to input your daily goal for drinking water.
8) You guys need to add a bracelet clip in future generations of the band. The band comes off easy and gets loose and comes out during sleep. I know a few other teammates and the same thing happens to them.
There will be many more suggestions and all this will seem overwhelming but we want to help make a good product even better, so more suggestions are welcome and I hope the people incharge of developing the UP have a look at this.
All good suggestions. GPS would be a battery killer though. There is no way to have that kind of functionality in such a small package as the Up band without killing your battery in a few hours.
Capability to link up all your data to the web instead of keeping it all in the iphone. This way, you can review your progress. The iPhone screen still is small. Let me view my data on my 27" iMac pls.
Hey guys, I agree with most of the above suggested additions (especially water intake, calorie and weight tracking). I would also very much appreciate the possibility to log my heated yoga class (like Bikram yoga) and the cycling I do. It feels a bit discouraging that my band thinks I am not moving while I am working my ass off in a heated yoga room or riding my bike.
Otherwise, I love Up! Thanks for considering the improvements, I hope part of them will come in a 2.0 version of the app so we can use them with our current bands.
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