[grow_thumb image=”http://telecareaware.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/keep_calm_and_smash_watch.jpg” thumb_width=”150″ /]Your Editors have previously noted some interesting personal experiences with fitness bands/trackers
. Editor Charles, at last report, was on his third Jawbone Up
in a year; this Editor has remained immune to their mostly clonky charms (tempted by the classic Swiss watch looks of Withings Activité
[TTA 26 June 14
], put off by the $450 price, but now notes that the sporty, analog Activité Pop
is available in the US at $150.) Even if not among the Quantified Self avant-garde
, we who write about tech can deal with most of it without blinking too much. Over at FierceMobileHealthcare
, Judy Mottl, a regular writer for their FierceHealthIT
website, took “the plunge into the wearable device pool” and hit her head on the bottom. Her experience of mostly frustration with the app, bad data generation, inability to sync with the smartphone, saying you’re awake/sleeping when not and so on indicates that this is one wearable she should have returned to the store–or treated according to our picture. Is this one isolated example or a more common experience than the healtherati who adore wearables let on?
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