There’s some evidence that the leaders in fitness bands realize their shortcomings on the app side. Fitbit acquired fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, for at least $17.8 million. Mobihealthnews
Update 2 April: Editor Charles reports on his third Jawbone Up, and his daughters’ experience:
I took to wearing the third Jawbone UP the other way round – i.e. with the two ends in line with the back of my hand, and the thicker bit in line with the inside of my hand and that seems to have done the trick. However my older daughter bought one at Christmas which packed up a week ago and my younger daughter’s, also bought at Christmas is starting to do bizarre things like record one minute of sleep. [Editor’s emphasis] They clearly have some way to improve reliability.
However they are brilliant motivators – my daughters and I have been competing over steps stepped, weight lost, hours slept etc., and I’m sure the Bluetoothed version would be great cheap ways of checking how older people are. I’m a huge fan – just wish they could make them more reliable!
Earlier in TTA: Smartwatches, fitness trackers: overload in several ways