Jawbone’s long-delayed UP3 activity tracker finally has a shipping date, but the company revealed it will drop the originally planned water resistance rating (up to 10 meters).
According to an update posted on the company’s blog, the gadget — which was announced in November and available for preorder in December — will now begin shipping on April 20 to all customers who pre-ordered the device last year. Jawbone originally said the band would ship by the holidays, but later delayed that deadline to “early 2015.”
This time the company admitted it has been struggling to make the wearable entirely waterproof. The multisensor tracker was to be water-resistant up to 10 meters, however this is no longer the case. Jawbone has said that “the UP3 will now ship with a water resistance comparable to, and in line with, most other multisensor trackers.” Unfortunately, that means the device will no longer be suitable for swimming, although the band can still withstand splashing, rain and showering. If the swimming component was a key reason you wanted an UP3, Jawbone is accepting pre-order cancellations without charge.
In addition to tracking steps, distance, calories burned and sleep, the device can continuously measure heart-rate. Unlike many smartwatches and fitness trackers on the market, which use rapidly flashing green LED lights to measure heart-rate, the Up3 has metal studs that are capable of conducting electrical bioimpedance measurements. Jawbone claims this should result in better and more accurate heart-rate measurements.[embedyt]https://youtu.be/mRVrgQrkWWQ[/embedyt]