Having tried and tested three of the major Wearable technology Fitness Devices over the past few months I have come to the conclusion that whilst they have some benefits they all fall far too short of what is required for the fitness lifestyle crowd.
The Jawbone Up, Fitbit Flex and Nike+ Fuel-band are all pretty decent devices, but they fail the ’21st Century Automated Test’ miserably. Aside from walking and sleeping they require to much manual manipulation to give somewhat accurate results.
Now the sleep functions pretty much perfectly and actually helps you in very quick time to adjust your sleeping habits. Using all of these devices day in and day out for a few months, I just went with the Jawbone UP as the best device currently.
Here is a list of regular user activities you have to manually add to these devices
- Bike Riding
Now, here is my beef, why any of these basic activities cannot be automatically logged is beyond me. Much like voice activated services, these devices should be able to adjust to the users activities and through various implemented technologies learn what you do, ask you questions about recent activities and memorize them.
Let’s face it, we all pretty much do the same types of exercise repeatedly, we rarely cross into other activities, so having a device that can learn and automate most tasks just seems like it should be a given!
Getting one of these devices can help in so many ways, it is just the amount of work you are forced to do to get accurate results is ridiculous and after a while you stop doing it.