Ultra Cool: Fit Bit
[This week’s post series is “Hoboken411 Product Reviews,” which will feature one item each day that may be of general interest to the readers. Each product is already owned and purchased by Hoboken411.]
Pedometer of the 21st Century!
I was always interested in knowing how far I walked in a given day. Since I wasn’t a big fan of the pedometers of days past (boring), this usually meant that I re-traced my steps using a website like G-Maps Pedometer, or something along those lines. And I never really turned on by fancy GPS tracking devices that many hikers and bikers used.
Last year, I learned about an exciting product called the Fit Bit. I placed a pre-order for the device in May 2009. After waiting for over six months for the product to be released, I received mine in December 2009.
“The Fitbit accurately tracks your calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled and sleep quality. The Fitbit contains a 3D motion sensor like the one found in the Nintendo Wii. The Fitbit tracks your motion in three dimensions and converts this into useful information about your daily activities.
You can wear the Fitbit on your waist, in your pocket or on undergarments. At night, you can wear the Fitbit clipped to the included wristband in order to track your sleep. Anytime you walk by the included wireless base station, data from your Fitbit is silently uploaded in the background to Fitbit.com”
But it does much more, too!
The Fit Bit, along with your accompanying personal web page, can be used as a fairly powerful tool to track your fitness, activities, sleep and even diets. However, I do not have the time luxury to input all the foods I’ve consumed, so I don’t use the website for food tracking. But your personal page on the site is great – you can even compare your results with friends, or see how your level of activity compares with the rest of the users (I’m in the top 10% percentile). It can be a bit motivational if you’re close to breaking a personal goal, to “push you over…”
One frustrating aspect is that you need to *remember* to wear it at all times, and put the sleep band on daily – which can be a bit of a pain, especially if you’re exhausted (or drunk!)
But I find that the Fit Bit is amazingly precise (I’ve compared my daily walks on gmaps to what the device read – and it’s usually within 95% – 105% accurate.)
If this piques your interest – please be advised that “The Fitbit is currently in high demand. We are filling pre-orders, and will start shipping new orders on Feb 17th.”
Does anyone own one? What are your thoughts?