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With the implementation of Fuel (Nike’s universal measure of activity; it gives points based on amount of activity), the Nike FuelBand has to be one of the coolest tech gadgets related to health. It allows you to keep track of your activity throughout the day, set and track goals, and share your results.
Nike FuelBand

Nike FuelBand

The Word

The FuelBand is amazingly simply. Just put it on your wrist, sync it up with the app (if you want) and you’re done. The FuelBand has a display that can be easily accessed to show four measurements: time, steps, calories, and fuel. The data can be synced on your desktop or iOS device (we’re very disappointed that there isn’t an Android app), and it is relatively to easy to keep track of all your progress. The FuelBand allows you to set goals and visualize your progress toward that goal at any given point during the day right on the band itself.

The Specs

The FuelBand comes in 3 sizes, each of which which have a little leeway to provide minor adjustment. The LED screen is approximately 5/8″ x 3/4″, but is brightly lit and easy to see. When synced with the app, the fuel band keeps track of “streaks,” such as how many days in a row you meet your goal. By increasing your goal every few days, you are forced to try a little harder to get in extra physical activity in order to keep your streak going. Sync the FuelBand up with social media and you can partake in friendly competition against other FuelBand users. Nike has come out with a very inventive product in the FuelBand, but it does has a few shortcomings.
Nike FuelBand

Nike FuelBand

The fact that several exercises/activities don’t register on the FuelBand is totally understandable. The technology is just not available to ensure perfectly accurate measurement of such activities as weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, etc. However, with other activity monitors, there is an option to manually log such activities. The fact that the FuelBand does not allow you to do so is a major oversight. Also, there is no way to filter who can view what activities you participate in once synced with social media, therefore if you don’t want a certain friend to be able to view your results, you would have delete that friend, which drives many to opt out of the social media connection option. And of course, there’s the lack of an Android app, which is always a bummer.

 

Final Thoughts

With a price tag of $150, the FuelBand isn’t for everyone. But if you are serious about fitness and keeping track of your activity, the FuelBand does just that with relatively little effort. Coupled with the power of your computer or iOS device, the FuelBand can keep great records of your activity and allow you to share it with your friends. Nike is arguably the leader in the self-monitoring device race, but we hope to see some more competition in the coming months to push the FuelBand to new heights. This device is good, but with a few tweaks and revisions, it could be magnificent.
Nike FuelBand

Nike FuelBand


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