A while back, my employer offered this incentive for us to wear pedometers and record our daily steps in a paper journal as part of a fitness program. I really got into it and loved the idea of having quantitative records of my activities. I was very diligent with the journal but inevitably did lose quite a few measurements from not writing everything down, which really bothers me as someone who spent several years of my life working on technologies for precise measurements.
During dinner on a business trip, I noticed quite a few of my colleagues were wearing these activity trackers – the Nikes and Jawbones and FitBit. I did a lot of research and went back and forth quite a bit. I think what I really want is a Basis B1 watch given all the sensors that it has, but I’ve been on the wait list for a while and who knows when one will show up, so I finally settled on a FitBit One.
I wasn’t sure I liked the idea of wearing a band all the time. From the research I had done, water proof bands may not really be all that waterproof. I also hated clipping things to whatever pants I happen to be wearing and the idea of having something small I can toss into my pocket appealed to me.
I’ve been using it for a few days now and I can say I really like it. I like the convenience of being able to forget about carrying something around. Battery life looks really good. I think it should go a week before charging though I haven’t let it run down that far. I also like the auto-sync feature with my iPhone. I find myself checking it every few minutes just to see how my stats look. I’m sure this behavior will go way in a few days.
Although I bought it to monitor my waking activities, I’ve found that my favorite feature is actually in seeing how well I’m sleeping. So far, there has been excellent inverse correlation between how rested I feel and how many times FitBit One claims I woke up.
So far, so good.