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Wristbands Part of Exercise Inspiration

As our country continues to fight the obesity problem, schools are developing programs that keep kids interested in exercising. Joining with the Philadelphia Phillies, one school handed out rubber wristbands s to promote exercising like the pros do.

As reported on PhillyBurbs.com: “A gym teacher for 15 years, Castner said he’s observed activity levels decline as video game use increases. What hasn’t changed is how kids idolize professional athletes, he said.

Philadelphia Phillies  rubber wristbands

“The message is, you can’t be LeBron James or Chase Utley if you don’t do the work,” Castner said.
After an instruction on warm-up techniques, the students split into two groups and tackled a series of exercises to improve balance, strength, agility and endurance. The session wrapped up with nutritional tips emphasizing eating in moderation and opting for nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables.

Each student was given a Phillies water bottle, rubber wristbands and book of tips and drills by Scott Sheridan, the team’s head athletic trainer. The school got a Phillies Phitness banner to display in the gymnasium.
The program is designed to be challenging but fun, according to Bobby DiLullo, NovaCare’s vice president of operations. He said the trick is the interactive nature of the exercises.

Google Finds Everything, From Wristbands to Security Codes

I still remember the first time I witnessed Google Earth in action. “Cool,” I said. Then, reflecting for a moment, “Creepy.” In what has become the norm in just 7 years, Google has transformed the way we think about information: we should be able to get anything we want within seconds. A recent article noted that with a few key search terms, you can find green rubber wristbands  across the world; you can also find secret security codes.
According to a report on PC Pro : “’d like to share with you the most amusing and interesting (if rather chilling) piece of security research to come across my desk in some while.
It came from the direction of the Hacker Intelligence Initiative (HII) at Imperva.
It’s interesting, because it relates to the way search engines are being used by hackers these days; amusing, thanks to its schoolboy-silly naming conventions; chilling, given just how successful the techniques it exposes have become in executing attacks.

Green rubber wristbands

Let’s start with Google, which not only knows where to find green rubber wristbands  in Halifax (probably best you don’t ask), but also how to locate potentially vulnerable servers and sites.

It’s been something of an open secret within the search, security and hacking communities for years now that you can enter specifically crafted search queries into Google and it will quickly spit out some very revealing information, which people really shouldn’t have left lying around for the Google spider to crawl all over and index.”

Review of Up, Jawbone’s Gadget of 2011

The past couple days, we have reported on the rubber wristbands craze this holiday season: Jawbone’s Up. It is particularly interesting because it takes the idea of a traditional rubber wristbands and jazzes it up with technology.

Wired Magazine reviewed this new gadget, and gave it a thumbs down. Here’ s the story: “My typical day at Wired involves two minutes of quasi-ambulatory floor puttering for every 58 minutes spent sitting at my desk. I work out at home, yes, but my fitness regimen could be best described as low-impact snack digestion.
Were it not for my dog Whiskey (she of the twice-daily poop walk), and my girlfriend Julie (she of the twice-daily “Whiskey needs a walk!” reminder), I probably wouldn’t receive much exercise at all.
Jawbone Wired Magazine
And so it was with jazz and anticipation that I began to test the Jawbone Up, an innovative new lifestyle monitoring system that consists of an electronics-packed wristband and accompanying iPhone app. The two elements work together to hector, needle, and ultimately inspire the user to live a more active, healthy life.
The Up system can tell you how many foot steps you take in a given day, and includes a bunch of “challenge” features to prod you to take even more. It can also monitor your sleep habits, and gently wake you up within a predetermined window during REM sleep. REM is not only your lightest sleep cycle, but also the best cycle in which to wake if you want to avoid that groggy morning lethargy that feels like all the blood in your brain has been replaced with frozen Barenjager.
So, yes, the Up has great potential as a health and wellness gadget. And, yes, the Up worked fabulously — until it stopped working entirely. It turns out one of the cleverest gadgets of 2011 currently has such grave hardware reliability problems, I can’t recommend it. In fact, until Jawbone can prove that it has remedied what’s causing the wristbands to fail at an alarming rate, no one should consider buying the Up.”

Forbes Names Wristband Best Gift Idea

As Christmas approaches, you may consider a techy gadget for someone on your list. But what about a rubber wristbands ? Perhaps, if you combine the two.
Forbes Magazine rated Jawbone’s Up as the #2 techy gift idea this holiday season, right after the Zeo Sleep Manager: “1) Tools for silent nights. The Zeo Sleep Manager, $99, is a Bluetooth headband and smartphone app to track sleep patterns and, ideally, inform diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes for achieving optimal REM and deep sleep. “Sleep less, feel better,” is the slogan of the $60 WakeMate, another mobile phone accessory with a wristband that wakes you in the morning at your optimal sleep cycle moment within a 20-minute window you select. The gadget can help assess how factors like caffeine and exercise affect sleep quality. (Note to shoppers: the product has been sold out of late, but WakeMate is working on producing more inventory.)

2) Monitor every dash, dance, and prance. For tracking activity, calories, and heart rate as well as sleep patterns, the FitBit and the UP by Jawbone, both $99, are wearable wireless tools. Use either one to chart data on an iPhone, share it with a social network, and parse results with a variety of downloadable apps. The FitBit clips to clothing, and the UP is a rubber wristbands . Pinging you to get up when you’ve been inactive for too long, wake at the most desirable time, and assess your energy level after meals, the UP, say its makers, “inspires you to move more, sleep better, and eat smarter.”

Jawbone Exploded Image
Cool as the UP is, however, recent quality problems have led to Jawbone pausing production, so you may want to give your loved one an I.O.U. until the product is relaunched. The Gruve Solution from MUVE Inc., uses an omnidirectional accelerometer to measure activity intensity and duration, track caloric burn, and remind the user to move. For $180, it comes with a 12-week online training program and a year’s subscription to the Gruve Network.”

Have you used one of these? Are they worth all the hype?

Memorial Included Emblazoned Wristbands

One of the incredible parts of the human spirit is the way it clings to others through challenges and sorrow. After the deadly tornadoes in Joplin, MO, this past summer, it seems natural that memorials would emerge. The most prominent is probably unexpected: love letters written on the remains of a foundation, a pile of rubble. While the city clings to this memorial in memory of those lost, it has also built a monument, resembling rubber wristbands s that volunteers wore in the city’s recovery.
This touching story is reported in the New York Times : “Every disaster has its memorials, from the organic to the carefully orchestrated. Several monuments have emerged here as the city labors to clear the remaining rubble of the tornado that cut through the heart of the community on May 22, killing 161 people. But as that effort nears completion, the community is questioning what to do with a memorial that is itself rubble.
Joplin Memorial of Wristbands
City leaders have been discussing whether to move the whole structure or perhaps simply take parts of the building for public display. “We think there is some value to preserving it,” said Mark Rohr, the city manager. “But we can’t let it sit there forever.”
In the meantime, the walls of the building, known here as the volunteer house, are peeling under the assault of sun and rain and wind. Like a love letter slowly torn to pieces, the peeling paint is littering the floorboards with snippets of messages, often just a few letters, a name or a word, like “home,” “rebuild” and “alone.” In the newly barren patches, more messages are being scrawled.
The serendipity of the monument stands in sharp contrast with the deliberate stone and steel structures put up in nearby Cunningham Park. The first structure is a three-tiered fountain with 5, 22 and 11 streams of water on the different levels to symbolize the date of the storm. The second is an enormous metal replica of the rubber wristbands s handed out to volunteers, emblazoned with the message “The Miracle of the Human Spirit.” A third one honoring relief workers is planned.”

Wristband Provides Hope

After the loss of their son, a young couple has created a foundation in memory of their infant, who recently passed away. A news anchor for ESPNU, the mother of this child has chosen a rubber wristbands as a token of remembrance in honor of her baby.
This story is reported on Tulsa World . “In memory of Hayden Michael Nowkhah, who was born on Aug. 12 and died less than six weeks later after a virus had attacked his heart, parents Dari and Jenn Nowkhah created Hayden’s Hope – a website and campaign intended to raise awareness for pediatric organ donation.
Hayden’s Hope Wristband
Also, in a partnership with the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, Hayden’s Hope is raising money to assist families who are overwhelmed by expenses while awaiting possibly life-saving transplants for their children.
Website address: For general and donation information, visit HaydensHope.org. Auction items include a jersey signed by Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson and footballs signed by OU’s Bob Stoops, Texas’ Mack Brown, LSU’s Les Miles and Alabama’s Nick Saban.
Hayden’s Hope wristbands: While on the ESPNU set, Dari Nowkhah wears a red Hayden’s Hope rubber wristbands . ESPN’s Erin Andrews also wears the wristband. For every $25 donated to Hayden’s Hope, donors can receive two wristbands by emailing their mailing address to haydens_ hope@yahoo.com
Read more from this Tulsa World article at http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsextra/article.aspx?subjectid=29&articleid=20111221_29_B1_CUTLIN593069.”

Power Balance Makes Top Scams List

You know the old adage: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Despite the axiom ingrained in our heads, though, we easily trust companies that claim “scientific” research. Perhaps, in light of the recent PowerBalance scandal, we ought to think of rubber wristbands s as simply what they were intended to be: hip, catchy accessories intended to share a message. NOT to make you a better athlete. As 2011 comes to a close, the PowerBalance wristband gets more attention, becoming the first rubber wristbands to make the retail scam list, right next to fake Apple stores in China.
As reported on retail-digital.com : “Fake Apple stores in China
China has a long history of producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, luxury clothes and branded merchandise. Now the problem of counterfeit goods has reached a new level with the discovery of five fake Apple stores in the southern city of Kunming.
The counterfeit stores have the right fittings, artwork and signs advertising the latest Apple gadgets. The copy-cat stores are so convincing that even the employees believe they are working for Apple.
It is still unclear if these unauthorised Apple stores have been selling genuine Apple products or not. Apple has been alerted to the existence of these fake stores but has refused to comment.
Chinese government officials have already closed down two of these stores and are currently investigating the others.
Power Balance Bracelet
Power Balance Bracelets were a popular fad last year. The £29.99 accessories were a favourite among celebrities and sports personalities including David Beckham, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Kate Middleton and rapper P Diddy, to name but a few.
Power Balance Wristband Scam
The maker of the sports wristband, Power Balance Australia, claimed its bracelet’s improved the body’s energy flow and boost strength, balance and flexibility. However, these bracelets were exposed as a sham.
The company sparked outrage earlier this year when it admitted that there was no evidence to back up some of the bracelet’s claimed benefits.
Power Balance Australia was forced to acknowledge that the bracelets were no more beneficial than a rubber band and issued angry customers with a refund. “

Your New Personal Trainer: A Wristband

As the holidays are among us, you may already be wondering how you are going to keep yourself from overindulging, finding yourself a month from now 10 pounds heavier. You may have to look no further than a rubber wristbands —a new personal trainer that works in tandem with an app.

According to the The New York Times : “LOOKING for something to place under the tree for the health buff in the family? Skip the Zumba DVDs and consider a fitness gadget. They can make a great present for anyone on your list, whether that person is an ardent athlete or simply wants a little help working off holiday indulgences like eggnog and pecan pie.

The Up rubber wristbands

These devices can help transform even a mundane workout into a fascinating scientific activity because they are rigged with small sensors to supply metrics, like the number of steps walked and calories burned. That numerical feedback functions as positive reinforcement to keep users aware of their progress and to motivate them to push a little further each day.
Jawbone, a company known for its glossy selection of stylish and sophisticated accessories, including wireless speakers and Bluetooth headsets, has begun to extend its reach into personal health. The company recently released a product called Up, a slim rubber wristbands outfitted with tiny motion sensors (similar to the ones in the Nintendo’s Wii remote) to track how much its wearer is walking and sleeping.
The bracelet, which costs $100 and is waterproof so it can be worn in the shower, during a swim or on a run, works in tandem with an application on the iPhone. It is simple enough — users just press a silver button on one end of the band to activate the device and let it know whether they are in sleep, working or activity mode.”

Wristband Meets Wristwatch

If you have gotten into the wristband fads, you may be interested in the latest technology—a rubber wristbands packed with technology with a digital display that functions as a watch.
According to Geek Chic , it is quite a fashionable device: “This is a wristwatch but not as we know it. The Mutewatch is much more like a wearable gadget as it packs a lot of technology on to your arm.

It features a touch-sensitive display, vibrating alarms, a timer and a motion sensor that registers even subtle twists of the wrist.

Mutewatch Wristband Clock

Its clock face also glows with 100Hz LED lights that automatically brighten or dim to suit the environment.
But you might not guess it has all of this technology just by looking at it. In its natural form, the Mutewatch looks more like a wristband with a hip, industrial design.

Mutewatch began its life three years ago as an idea by Swedish economics student Mai-Li Hammargren, who considered adding a vibrating alarm to watches to improve time management and stop waking her boyfriend.

Wristband Touted as Best Gadget

With all of the gadgets and gizmos of the 21st century, new electronics emerging seemingly every week, it is hard to believe that any tech-head would rate the best gadget of 2011 a rubber wristbands s . Well, that is what has happened.
Coming from News.com in Australia, here is the interesting report on how the decision was made: “RECENTLY I put together a list. Not a Christmas list—the top 10 gadgets of 2011.
Frankly, it was difficult. Not working-in-a-19th-century-coal-mine tough, maybe, but choosing-your-favourite-child tough.
While taking stock, I realised that the gadget that changed my life the most this year was sitting on my wrist.
The Jawbone Up, in case you’re not familiar with it, is a gadget that tracks your every move and then shows those moves on your phone.
I’ve been wearing this controversial band for just over a couple of weeks now and it’s ah-mazing but perhaps not for the reasons you think.
Jawbone Up Wristband
It knows when I’ve been sleeping. It knows when I’m awake…
The Jawbone Up was revealed back in July, forcing me to stare at a tragically empty online shopping cart until November. I was in the queue when Jawbone released its first Up wristbands online, however, ignoring the fact that only black models were available.
So what is the Up, really? It’s a rubber-covered, waterproof wristband that tracks your every move. Literally. It senses movement. When you walk, it acts like a fancy pedometer. When you sleep, it can tell if you’re tossing, turning or stealing the covers. A vibration motor also lets the Up wake you up with a wobbling alarm.
What would you rate as the best gadget of 2011?