Wearables have taken GIANT strides in the past few months. For those dedicated to fitness you can now track almost anything including:
- caloric intake,
- glucose, sodium, carbs, fat, etc
- weight gained or lost,
- heart rate,
- number of steps per day,
- hours slept per night,
- GPS tracking,
- types of exercise (running, cardio, cross training, etc),
- alarms & notifications,
and the nice part is wearables can sync seamlessly with smartphones and computers! A cool feature of the BlackBerry is OS version 10.3.1 works great with the Android app – the Fitbit Android app can be downloaded from the Amazon App Store here
As with many technologies there are numerous choices for the consumer- from big names to start-ups, inexpensive to pricey, bare-bones to full-featured – there are no shortage of options. One of the nice features is the ability to ‘friend’ someone to help keep each other motivated or engage in some healthy competition (pun intended).
A few months back my wife indicated interest in a wearable to help keep track of things given her hectic schedule. So I switched into shopper mode and did a fair amount of research on the internet and spoke to a few coworkers (as a matter of full disclosure I am friends with the engineer who invented the Fitbit).
Each brand has plusses and minuses but in the end it came down to features, flexibility and accuracy. While other wearables had similar or more extensive features, do yourself a favor and perform a thorough due diligence – read up on user and technical reviews prior to purchasing. Will your wearable lock you into one type of platform (Android, WP, BlackBerry, or Apple)? This point is important as over time you may change phones and you don’t want to be left with a useless wearable.
A lengthy list of apps that sync with Fitbit can be found here.
More information on the Fitbit Surge can be found here.