Nickessity of the Week – Jawbone Up

Wearables are one the big buzz words of 2014 and so far no one has nailed it and stolen the market. I’ve become quite interested in wearables and I don’t believe there is a best one on the market right now that tracks both fitness and acts as a notification center and extension of the phone. I was a Kickstarter backer of the Pebble and have also had the Nike Fuelband, but I think the best fitness tracker currently is the Jawbone Up.

As always I have purchased this item myself, and there are a few reason why I believe it is the best. First and foremost the Jawbone is powered by Motion X and is one of the most accurate motion sensors. Secondly, the Up app is awesome and is constantly improving, it makes it easy to track your sleep, steps, food, and more.

My only complaint is that I’ve had to replace my Up band twice now. That being said, Jawbone is great about their costumer service. It was hassle free to replace the band and I received a new one in the mail in less than a week.

Overall, I would highly recommend this fitness tracker to anyone who wants to start tracking their sleep, sport activities, food, and more. If anything else, the band will make you more conscious about your activity level and you can even compete with your friends that have one as well.

You can purchase a 1st Generation Jawbone Up band at Amazon at a discounted price of $62 (as of date posted) or if you’d like to upgrade to the 2nd generation Up24, with the only difference being bluetooth connectivity, you can do so here too $80 (as of date posted).

*Pending Release of the Jawbone UP 3

Nickessity of the Week – Zojirushi Mug

Since this is the first Nickessity of the week, I’d like to introduce what this weekly post will be. The Nickessity of the week will feature a product that I have purchased myself, whether it be physical or digital, that I think is best in it’s category. This will be a product that I have spent a ton of time researching and it’ll always be something I’ve purchased myself. While this is opinionated, I tend to do a lot of research before purchasing anything, and I look to find something that is minimal and best in its class.

The first “Nickessity” of the week will be the Zojirushi Travel Mug.  This is by far my favorite travel mug and while it works great for holding hot beverages. It does great with hot beverages, but I love using it for ice-cold water, as it’ll stay cold from when I go to bed to when I wake up or throughout the day.

I’ve had a few travel mugs but this is by far the best for a few reasons. Reason number 1, its insulated so that it’ll keep your drinks cold all-day or hot all-day. It usually keeps hot drinks for about 12-16 hours, and cold drinks for about 12 hours. The second reason is that it’s fully leak proof, if the lid is closed you can toss in your bag and don’t have to worry about it spilling. Finally it has a large mouth piece with great flow; your hot tea won’t come rushing down when you go to drink it, but instead will come out slow and evenly.

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Overall I’d recommend this travel mug to anyone that wants an awesome water bottle or a great mug for keeping your coffee or tea hot. Both sizes are good, I currently have the Black 16oz mug, which can be found here.

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(It also works great for hot yoga, and your water will stay ice cold.)

GoogolPlex

Googolplex is a simple proxy hack to the iPhone, that allows you to run request through the googolplex server versus apple ones. Check out the video below, and try it yourself here.

They have also made it so you can write your own commands in Javascript once you have created an account.

Pebble Steel Is Here!

The Pebble Steel has arrive, a premium version of the current Pebble watch, with a $250 price tag, a $100 more than the current version. It’s not meant to replace the current version, but to tailor towards a more high class crowd. In my opinion it is the best smart watch on the market right now, due to it’s simplicity, ease of use, and visual appeal. You can pick up a Pebble Steel Here.

iMpulse – Bluetooth Controller

This is the world’s smallest bluetooth controller, and it’s compatible with Android and iOS. You can order one here.

Tech Specs

  • The smallest wireless controller for mobile devices
  • Take control of any iOS/Android-powered (Bluetooth-enabled) Media Player app from up to 100 feet away (includes Spotify, Pandora, etc.)
  • Compatible with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and tablets
  • Bluetooth version: 2.1
  • Wireless range: 100 ft.
  • Use as a camera remote with your smartphone (Android users will need to download a camera app that uses volume + to activate the shutter)
  • Supports emulators, plus hundreds of games in the App Store and Google Play are iMpulse-compatible, no configuration needed
  • 6 button layout: 4 on the front and 2 on the back
  • Multiple controllers can be used with the same device for multiplayer action
  • Works with D-pad on the left or right
  • Buttons feature white backlighting
  • Really, really small but hard to lose (activate a free app on a device paired with your iMpulse, and it’ll chirp if it’s within 100 ft. – keep it on your keychain to find your keys)
  • SDK available
  • Batteries: Rechargeable Lithium polymer (~9 hours continuous play, charging cable included, full charge takes 3 hours)
  • Play or control while recharging via USB
  • Dimensions: 2.7″ long x 1.3″ wide x 0.6″ high
  • Includes: iMpulse and Micro USB charging cable
  • Made in the USA

Jump Cable

The Jump Cable just launched on Kickstarter, and it’s hybrid cross between a Lighting Cable and a battery pack. The most attractive feature is the fact that it’s an all in one battery pack charger that is tiny and provides up to a 30% charge. The device has an auto charge feature which is ensure that you never forget to charge your battery pack when your’e on the go. You can make your own pledge at Kickstarter and get the Jump Cable, before it hits the market. It’s available in a Lighting Cable version and a Micro USB, check out the video below for more information.