After attending CES in January and getting more exposure to all of the wearable, fitness-based type of devices (such as the Jawbone UP which I tried for a little while), I decided to go all-in with the Fitbit. I had played with the Fitbit previously and for several reasons, including boredom, lack of bluetooth syncing, and as Louis CK jokes about weighing himself, “I wasn’t doing anything with the information”, I eventually put it down and never picked it back up.
So I got the Fitbit One and the Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale. The Fitbit One does so many things, including measuring steps, miles, stairs, and calories. It also measures your sleep, letting you know how many times you wake up in the night and for how long, plus it will silently wake you up in the morning (cool feature so you don’t wake up your roommate). The Aria Scale is great. It will keep track of your weight and BMI and wirelessly sync that to your Fitbit account.
And then the mobile app (and website) keeps track of all of this, and you can track your food intake through the app as well. You also get badges but, as I’ve said before, badges smadges.
My favorite aspect is the competitive piece, which allows you to measure yourself against your friends based on # of steps. I only have two other friends right now that I’m connected to, but its already motivated me to pick up my pace and as of this moment, I finally overtook the guy that has been beating me out consistently.
And now, people are hacking the Fitbit and doing some really cool things. This developer hacked the Fitbit and first tied it to his refrigerator to turn off when he didn’t hit his daily goal, causing his food to spoil. Then he tied it to his TV to not allow him to watch if he didn’t meet his goals. That’s pretty bad#ss.