Fitbit

Chris Nuttall

The Fitbit is no longer fiddly.

Its San Francisco-based maker has removed my chief problem with this useful health tracker – launching a Fitbit Flex version today that straps to my wrist rather than the USB-stick shaped predecessor that was always getting lost in one of my pockets. 

Chris Nuttall

After extensive testing of the latest fitness gadgets, I have discovered one major problem common to all of them – me.

Sticking to fitness regimes and weight-loss programmes requires a degree of rigour I seem to lack and this carried over into the discipline of having to record my activity on the new Jawbone UP and updated versions of the Fitbit widget and the BodyMedia FIT armband. 

Chris Nuttall

Jawbone, the maker of stylish Bluetooth headsets, has announced an expansion of its wearable computing devices to a wristband that monitors your health. Named “Up”, the new gadget was unveiled by Hosein Rahman, Jawbone chief executive, at the Ted Global conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday. 

Chris Nuttall

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get fit and healthier, there’s a guide to some effective gadgets and apps to monitor your progress in this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. I looked at the BodyMedia Fit armband, Fitbit gadget, Withings Wi-Fi scale and the Runkeeper app (its Pro version has just been made free for January).