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    Control Your Caffeine Jitters with the ‘UP Coffee’ App from Jawbone

     

    Control Your Caffeine Jitters with the ‘UP Coffee’ App from Jawbone

     

    Dave Tuttle

     

    Caffeine addicted insomniacs can rejoice. The folks at Jawbone have put out an app that helps you to monitor your caffeine intake over time to determine your own personal state of “Sleep Ready” based on your height, weight and caffeine sensitivity. Although the name is a little deceptive (UP Coffee requires you to log any caffeinated items that you consume including; tea, chocolate and even medicine) this app goes a long way towards broadening the appeal of the Jawbone UP device beyond fitness fanatics.

     

    Similar to many nutrition apps, UP Coffee requires you to manually input the caffeinated items that you consume on a daily basis. However, like MyFitnessPal and other calorie counters, UP Coffee makes it easy for you to log entries by preloading the caffeine count of most consumables. This includes specific brands such as Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Redbull and even Excedrin - which contains 65mg of caffeine per pill compared to 150mg for a 12 oz. coffee, in case you were wondering.

     

    Your caffeine consumption is visualized by a beaker that fills up as you add caffeinated drinks and lets you know when you cross the “wired” threshold. Other useful pieces of information are your estimated sleep time and your personal demeanor based on how many lattés you’ve sipped in a given day. While you may not need an app to tell you if you are “calm”, “ok” or “edgy”, it ‘s interesting to see data on how caffeine dissipates in your system over time.

     

    Jawbone is no stranger to understanding sleep patterns. The Jawbone UP device monitors your sleep and lets you know if you are getting the Z’s that you need over time. The UP Coffee app can stand alone or work in conjunction with this device to help you ensure that your coffee reduction efforts are in fact giving you more time in dreamland.

     

    2014 could very well be the year of the wearable device and quirky yet pragmatic apps like UP Coffee will help to make these devices less novel and expand their appeal beyond early adopters and tech geeks.

     

    Up Coffee is a free app currently available for iOS only.

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