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Brief Published: 14 Mar 2014

App Monitors Caffeine Intake

UP Coffee

San Francisco-based fitness-tracking company Jawbone Labs has developed a free app that allows users to track their caffeine intake.

Users enter how much coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks they have consumed, and the Up Coffee app calculates the level of caffeine in their systems, placing them on a spectrum anywhere between 'wired' and 'sleep ready'. The app allows users to track their changing caffeine levels throughout the day.

Although users don't need to have a Jawbone wristband to use the app, those that do can combine the data to provide more sophisticated insights – such as when to cut out caffeine to avoid sleep disruption. After tracking the user for 10 days, the app is able to provide more in-depth information, such as how a consumer's caffeine intake is affecting their sleep, and how much caffeine they consume compared to other users.

Growing interest in health and wellness is fuelling the development of sophisticated devices that allow consumers to track and modify their eating and drinking habits. For more on this, see Intelligent Food, published as part of our Future of Food Industry Trend. For further insights into developments in wearable technology, see our latest report from Mobile World Congress.

Meanwhile, as consumer become increasingly concerned about their caffeine intake, energy drink developers are increasingly turning towards more natural sources. Read more about this in Drinks Developments: Non-Alcohol.

Read more about Jawbone in our recent interview with Swiss designer Yves Behar, founder of San Francisco design studio Fuseproject. 

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