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Nike Fuelband - pros• Robust. I’ve been wearing mine pretty much 24/7 for 10 months and itjust works.• USB contact built r...
Nike Fuelband - cons• The wrist is not the best place for an activity monitor.• You can’t export your data,• Expensive for...
Fitbit - pros• Syncs with your computer through USB• syncs over Bluetooth to iPhone and Android devices• Logs steps, dista...
Fitbit - cons• Requires a separate, proprietary USB device to charge it• Requires a proprietary USB device, separate from ...
Basis - pros• Logs more things than any other of the activity monitors:• Heart rate• Perspiration• Steps• Skin temperature...
Basis - cons• Needs the proprietary charger/sync cable to charge and syncthrough USB• Must be charged frequently and more ...
Bodymedia - pros• very accurate in terms of steps and calories (heat flux, galvanic skinresponse, skin temperature)• tracks...
Bodymedia - cons• Requires subscription to work - expensive in the long run(~80 USD/year)• few apps (but integrated with W...
Jawbone UP - pros• Great battery time (10 days per charge)• Tracks steps, activity and sleep• Timer, nap and reminders• Vi...
Jawbone UP - cons• Proprietary accessory for charging• Timeline gets messy when you have 10+ friends• The button has sharp...
A look at step accuracyThursday, May 23, 13
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Heart rate monitoringThursday, May 23, 13
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Calorie measurementThursday, May 23, 13
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?Thursday, May 23, 13
Read more about all these trackers andmore quantified self atwww.digitalmcgyver.comThursday, May 23, 13
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A breakout session by Michael Kazarnowicz at Quantified Self Amsterdam covering Fitbit One, Jawbone UP, Bodymedia FIT, Nike Fuelband and Basis.

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Activity Trackers

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  10. 10. Nike Fuelband - pros• Robust. I’ve been wearing mine pretty much 24/7 for 10 months and itjust works.• USB contact built right in, no need for extra accessories to charge or sync• Syncs through USB or Bluetooth (iPhone only though)• Fuel is a relative score, so you can compare with friends regardless of howathletic you are• Doubles as a watch• Social, you can compare and compete with your friends• You can set your own goal• Easy to change time zone (when you’re travelling): the Fuelband is set tothe computer’s time zone every time you syncThursday, May 23, 13
  11. 11. Nike Fuelband - cons• The wrist is not the best place for an activity monitor.• You can’t export your data,• Expensive for what you get, compared to other similar devices(Fitbit, Basis, Jawbone UP)• You can only set a goal in “Fuel Points”, which is hard to translate toany real activity• No API• No vibration.This is a huge miss on Nike’s behalf. Having vibration(alarms, reminders) would have made up for a lot of the other cons.• Annoying sync on desktop – doesn’t sync in the background andlaunches Nike’s website when it endsThursday, May 23, 13
  12. 12. Fitbit - pros• Syncs with your computer through USB• syncs over Bluetooth to iPhone and Android devices• Logs steps, distance walked and stairs climbed• You can set your own goals – on a weekly basis (imho better than daily) basedon steps, distance, stairs or weight• Integrates with Withings wifi body scale • Has an API so that third parties can develop services, like integration withMicrosoft’s HealthVault or visualizations on notch.me• Tracks your sleep• Social, you can compare and compete with your friends• Invisible if you want it to be• Vibration alarmsThursday, May 23, 13
  13. 13. Fitbit - cons• Requires a separate, proprietary USB device to charge it• Requires a proprietary USB device, separate from the charger, tosync through USB• Small and slick – also slippery, especially in dress pants (I lost myOne in a cab once after a wedding). Easy to forget in pants whenwashing them.• Charges you extra to export your data (you need their Premiumservice, $49 per year)• Hassle to track sleep - need the soft wristband• Confusing process when switching time zones (you have to pairyour device again)Thursday, May 23, 13
  14. 14. Basis - pros• Logs more things than any other of the activity monitors:• Heart rate• Perspiration• Steps• Skin temperature• Sleep• Calories• Very simple interface, showing only time, date, steps, heart rate and calories – the rest is viewedin the web service after sync• Very simple to use, no need to push buttons to log sleep for example• Looks like a pretty low tech watch, so non-geeks needn’t fear it• Promised an open API so that third parties can build new services for the users• Syncs with your computer through USB and in the future with your iPhone/Android device overBluetooth (apps are not out yet though)• Helps you set new habits, using tricks from games (RPGs) and CBT.• You can set your own goals in ways you can’t with the other devices, for example “morningwalks” or “be active at least two hours every day”Thursday, May 23, 13
  15. 15. Basis - cons• Needs the proprietary charger/sync cable to charge and syncthrough USB• Must be charged frequently and more often than the otherdevices (every third-fourth day for me, depending on usage)• Takes a while to charge (but it can be charged and used ifyou’re not moving around)• No vibrations for alerts/reminders/discrete wake up calls• Bad at logging heart rate• Placement isn’t optimal• No use for several sensors yetThursday, May 23, 13
  16. 16. Bodymedia - pros• very accurate in terms of steps and calories (heat flux, galvanic skinresponse, skin temperature)• tracks sleep• tracks everything seamlessly, just power up and go• syncs via USB to you computer, or through Bluetooth to Android oriPhone• Open API• charges through mini USB• good battery time• discreet (if you wear baggy clothes)• recently bought by JawboneThursday, May 23, 13
  17. 17. Bodymedia - cons• Requires subscription to work - expensive in the long run(~80 USD/year)• few apps (but integrated with Withings)• awkward to wear if sleeping with someone• awkward to wear after workout (wet band)• awkward to wear if travelling (security)• awkward if you wear slim fit clothes• US and Canada only (incl. app store)• App requires iTunes password each timeThursday, May 23, 13
  18. 18. Jawbone UP - pros• Great battery time (10 days per charge)• Tracks steps, activity and sleep• Timer, nap and reminders• Vibration• Sleep phase wake-up• Simple and intuitive food logging (barcode scanner!)• Social, can share with friends (can keep certain aspects private too)• Open API, two-ways (IFTTT integration!)• withings (in)• sleepio (out)• Analyzes data and gives tips and encouragement• Syncs with both Android and iPhoneThursday, May 23, 13
  19. 19. Jawbone UP - cons• Proprietary accessory for charging• Timeline gets messy when you have 10+ friends• The button has sharp edges (not cuddle friendly)• Easy to lose the ‘cap’ on the wrist band• Placement not optimal for tracking steps• Other colors than black become dirty• No display• Food database sometimes wacky (and support confused)Thursday, May 23, 13
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  33. 33. Read more about all these trackers andmore quantified self atwww.digitalmcgyver.comThursday, May 23, 13

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