I never thought the Fitbit would exactly change my life – indeed, I bought it over the competition precisely because it was the cheapest way to dip my toe in the water of the ‘quantified self’ while still being able to export data that wasn’t in a proprietary system like magic Nikefuel units. (Maybe also slightly out of new toy/ gadget lust.)
But it strikes me that what I’m getting out, while obviously not comprehensive or necessarily even accurate, does have some use to me. It gives me a game to motivate myself, a broad outline of activity and once the data adds up, potentially some interesting patterns to ponder and learn from.
Strangely, one of the clearest signals it sends are days when I don’t do anything. The difference between slightly active and hugely active days is less interesting to me than the binary contrast of seeing which days are a total failure.
August 15th, 2012
My latest for Wired UK, considering whether the iPod Nano could simply start to build in quantified self features and make life tough for Fitbit and co.
There’s another device out there that sits in that price point and has already started ticking some of the boxes that would push things forward — Apple’s iPod Nano, already a close friend to many exercise fiends. It already features a pedometer and, if you think about how even Apple has encouraged the move toward wearing this as a watch (right on top of a key pulse point…) another part of the puzzle slips into place.
August 1st, 2012