Tracks sleep patterns ; Clean user interface
Short battery life ; Awkward to switch between day and night bracelet ; App not detailed enough
This bracelet tracks your activity and sleep patterns to help you lead a healthier life, but it doesn't go far enough.
Made popular by such devices as the Nike+ Fuelband, Jawbone Up and Fitbit, wearable fitness tech is a rapidly expanding category. The latest entrant is the Larklife, a $149 bracelet that tracks your activity and sleep, and makes suggestions to help improve your overall health.
The heart of the Larklife is a small plastic section that has a row of white LEDs running along the top, a button on the right side, and small blue LEDs on the other side for battery and Bluetooth. On one end is a microUSB port, and the other has a small magnet. During the day, you plug this section into the day band, and, at night, it gets plugged into the nighttime band.
Inside the nighttime band is a small piece of plastic that kept coming out whenever we detached the Larklife's center section. We're not sold on the day/night band switch, either. If the idea of the Larklife is to seamlessly integrate into your life, having to switch from one band to another is just one more thing you have to think about.
Also, you can only enter events as they occur, which is disruptive. So, you can't record a meal at the end, and change the time to reflect when you started eating.
The band has a built-in acelerometer, so it can track how active you've been. Little gold stars appear in your timeline if you meet certain benchmarks, such as taking 1,000 steps.
You can set an alarm on your iPhone, which causes the bracelet to buzz gently to wake you. While this is a nice feature, we had trouble adjusting to wearing a bracelet to bed every night.
Larklife says that the battery in its band will last for about two days, and in our use, we found that to be fairly accurate. Unfortunately, that's about half the time as the Nike + Fuelband and the Fitbit, and well below that of the BodyMedia Fit Link, which lasted more than two weeks.
|Accessories Type||Recording Device|
|Accessories Type||Apple Accessories|
|Battery Type/Life||Lithium Polymer Battery/48 hours (50mAh capacity)|