Popular wristband devices on the market right now track certain health statistics and then communicate the information via mobile application to your smart phone. They all offer similar features. Here is more information about three of the main ones you'll find in stores and online:
Fitbit (www.fitbit.com): This company makes these devices in several versions, the newest being the Fitbit Force, a wireless activity and sleep wristband which retails for $129. The slightly older version, the Fitbit Flex, is $99. Both track steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned if you enter what you eat and sleep quality. The Force adds more features. Fitbit also offers Zip, a clip-on wireless activity tracker and others.
Jawbone UP (https://jawbone.com): Like Fitbit did just in time for the holidays, Jawbone recently introduced its latest version — Jawbone UP 24 and a new corresponding UP 3.0 app. The Jawbone UP 24 band is $149.99; the older version UP is $129.99. The device tracks how you sleep, move and eat — calories, food and drink, workouts that you log, etc. The app also has an “insight engine” that reveals patterns in your day-to-day activities. Connected apps include RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal and more, all listed on the website.
NikeFuelband (http://fuelband.com/): Nike recently improved its Fuelband with firmware and hardware upgrades and improved water resistance and renamed it the Nike Fuelband SE. It starts at $149, but has a sleek Rose Gold edition for $169. The wristband tracks your whole-body movement and offers motivational tools to keep athletes of all levels moving. It counts steps, displays progress and tracks sleep and workout intensity.
— Lillie-Beth Brinkman