Jawbone

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 Hosain Rahman, Jawbone chief executive, at the Ted Global conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

 

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

Jawbone has joined an elite group of companies – Facebook, Groupon, Skype, Twitter and Zynga – in receiving late-stage funding from Silicon Valley VC firm Andreessen Horowitz. The stylish Bluetooth headset maker announced a $49m investment, bringing total funding to date close to $100m. No other VC firm took part in the round and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz co-founder, will join Jawbone’s board. 

Chris Nuttall

Jawbone, those clever people who make cool Bluetooth headsets, have come up with a new use for the accelerometer – the sensor we came to know after its inclusion in the Wii’s motion controller. Apparently accelerometers can detect seismic vibrations as well as motion, so Jawbone’s new Era headset responds to the vibration of tapping it twice when you want to pick up a call. 

Chris Nuttall

Aliph has added personality and loquacity to the latest generation of its Jawbone Bluetooth headsets, which go on sale today in the US at a lower price of $100.

Multiple personalities and voices in fact. Consumers can choose from the Hero, the Rogue, the Thinker, the Ace, the Bombshell and the Catch – six new designs with voices to match.