Hacking the Jawbone UP For Rubber-Less Comfort

Hacking the Jawbone UP For Rubber-Less Comfort

Range Govindan
Nov 25, 2011

The Jawbone UP was recently released, and many of us have a need for a device like this. While it's not the first of its kind, it's quite convenient to use and it looks quite fetching, which is probably why it's doing so well. The one thing that we've noticed is that it could be more comfortable. Here's how you can make yours a lot more comfortable.

If you've recently purchased a Jawbone UP for fitness and well-being purposes, you might have realized how uncomfortable it can be in order to keep it on during the night. The really neat thing about this device is that it makes the perfect vibration alarm clock, which is really useful if you wake up at a different time than your significant other. The UP lets you set an alarm time to be woken up by via its iPhone app. Then, it will select the best time, within 30 minutes, to wake you up. If you set it for 7:30AM, it will wake you up between 7AM and 7:30AM, so you'll never end up waking up late. It will try to wake up you when you are in a light sleep cycle, which means that you'll wake up a lot less grumpy. The added benefit is that if you get up a lot earlier than your SO, you won't disturb him or her.

We've tested the Jawbone UP recently and while we liked it, it did feel somewhat uncomfortable while we slept, which is why we found it interesting that someone had already tried to hack the UP for comfort. The main discomfort stems from the fact that it's quite thick and the edges will snag on bedding.

1. Carefully cut the UP out of its rubber housing using an X-Acto knife, ensuring that you don't cut any wires.
2. You'll have to be careful with the ends.
3. The rubber should easily unwrap without leaving too much residue.
4. Decide on what you want to cover it with. Available choices include a leather band, string to wrap it up like a friendship bracelet, sugru, or paracord.

Once you cut off the rubber, you should remember that it will no longer be waterproof, so don't take it into the shower with you.

The UP isn't the only device of its kind. The Fitbit was released two years ago and it has most of the same features as the UP. The Axbo Sleephase Alarmclock is also another alternative. The guts of the electronic device are housed in a comfortable wristband, so wearing it all night long isn't an issue.

The Jawbone UP costs $78 at the Apple Store. It works with most recent iOS devices such as the iPhone 4, 4S, iPad, iPad 2 and the 4th generation of iPod Touches.

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(via NotCot, photos via NotCot and The Verge)

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