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17 March 2013 @ 03:24 pm
Basis Band and Activity Trackers  
I am somewhat intrigued by all the various activity trackers that have been coming out recently. Being curious about everything, i am also curious about what my own body is up to, and tracking data about it in a useful manner seems like it would be cool. (Given all the posts i make with data from CardioTrainer, Zombies Run! and the cross-train machine this should come as a surprise to pretty much no one.)

The most popular one is the Nike+ Fuelband of course, because it has the Nike marketing behind it. However upon doing a little research it turns out (not too surprisingly) that it has a cool design, it's actually just about the least functional of several alternatives out there. In other words, pretty, but mostly useless. So pretty much what you'd expect from a major brand like Nike i guess? It certainly doesn't help that it was just recently announced that Nike canceled development of the Android version of the Fuelband app.

I started looking through the list of devices in the "Quantified Self" wikipedia page and basically found that most of them just have an accelerometer. They'll keep track of the number of steps you take per day and how well you sleep at night. Which is great and all, except i've got apps on my phone that can do that for me already.

The one i've found so far that actually does more than that is the Basis device, which i've heard variously described as the "Basis Band" and the "Basis Watch".

Just for reference, here's a roundup i found of a lot of the more popular devices, including the Basis.

The one thing that does worry me is if the Basis Band (or any of the other wrist band devices) will clash with my chain mail bracelets too much. And i mean that in a very literal rather than cosmetic manner :)
Squid: blue1ceph on March 18th, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
I think the advantage of having a dedicated device is that it can be much smaller and therefore be attached to your body wherever is most effective, vs. a phone which can basically only be in a pocket (or on your mattress for sleep tracking purposes.)
cwendy41: defacwendy41 on March 20th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
I've been thinking about getting a Fitbit, maybe the Flex when it comes out. Let me know if you get one!