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Quantifying fitness

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A high level overview of multiple fitness devices, how they work, pros/cons, what data you can retrieve for them.

A high level overview of multiple fitness devices, how they work, pros/cons, what data you can retrieve for them.


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  • 1. Quantifying your Fitness Kirsten Jones @synedra on twitter http://www.princesspolymath.com Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 2. Who am I? Princess Polymath Data, hacking, prototyping Health, improving fitness Who are you? Developer of apps or user of devices Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 3. Quantified Self™ Measure data about your activities Use this data to find patterns Improve things you care about One of the biggest areas is Fitness Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 4. What I’m gonna tell you Basic overview of (some) activity trackers Strengths/Weaknesses Web/application interface for reviewing information Basic API description Fitness Application Systems Runkeeper MyFitnessPal Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 5. Activity Trackers Body Media Fit / BodyBugg Fitbit Jawbone Up Withings Pulse Basis Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 6. Body Media Fit Device Info: Highly Accurate – sweat, temperature, accellerometer Requires subscription Worn on upper arm Sleep tracking Bodymedia just acquired by FitBit Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 7. Body Media Fit: Activity Manager Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 8. Body Media Fit: Food Logging Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 9. Body Media Fit: API OAuth 1.0a Activities Burned calories - Day / Minute or Summary Subscription Sleep, Step Application items - Goals, Heart rate, Measurements, User info Affiliate program Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 10. Body Media Fit: Using the device Syncs to iPhone or when charging via USB Battery lasts several days Can’t swim with it Band can be itchy/uncomfortable Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 11. Fitbit Flex: Wristband Zip: less expensive clip-on One: Core model Activity tracking via motion sensor Sleep tracking w/trigger Fitbit also has a scale Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 12. Fitbit: Dashboard Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 13. Fitbit: Premium Services Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 14. Fitbit: API OAuth 1.0a Activities, Foods R/W Subscription Sleep, Step Heart rate, Measurements, User info Affiliate program Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 15. Fitbit: Using the Device 1 Washing Machine, 5 Fitbits Small, unobtrusive, battery lasts clip on belt, bra, put in pocket Doesn’t track cycling, weight lifting Syncs to bluetooth or smartphone Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 16. Jawbone Up Wristband Activity tracking via motion sensor Sleep tracking No website, just apps Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 17. Jawbone: iPhone App Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 18. Jawbone: Integration Currently no open API Integration supported with Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, IFTTT, Withings, Wello Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 19. Jawbone: Using the Device Innocuous band on wrist Sync is weird - plug in via headphone jack Battery lasts several days Sleep is automatically determined Doesn’t track cycling, weight lifting Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 20. Withings Pulse Small tracker w/clip, wristband Activity tracking Heart rate reading on demand Sleep tracking w/trigger Withings also has a scale Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 21. Withings Pulse: iPhone App Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 22. Withings: Scale Dashboard Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 23. Withings: API OAuth 1.0a Activity, User info, metrics Subscription service Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 24. Withings Pulse: Using the Device Toss in pocket, clip, wristband Sync is weird - plug in via headphone jack Battery lasts several days Sleep is automatically determined Doesn’t track cycling, weight lifting Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 25. Basis Device Info: Highly Accurate – sweat, temperature, accellerometer Sleep tracking Habits Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 26. Basis: Dashboard Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 27. Basis: Using the Device Looks like a watch - you can wear all the time (not swimming, showering is fine) Syncs on demand to smartphone Relatively comfortable Charging is a little unwieldy Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 28. Runkeeper Health Graph Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 29. iPhone Fitness Apps Runkeeper Zombies Run MyFitnessPal Runno / Jog of War Thursday, July 25, 13
  • 30. Questions? Thursday, July 25, 13