Last installment I wrote an article that compared data collected by heart rate monitors to activity tracking devices. This time on the soap box I shift gears slightly, and take a look at how all of these various devices that I’ve been adding to my workout can help monitor and improve my health. Let’s try to make sense of all these sensors!
Do you trust the data you get from your activity tracker? Are the steps accurate? What about the calories burned? How does having this data affect your life? If you have any of these questions then you are not alone. Come along with me on a quest to learn more about activity tracking devices to better determine if we can trust the information they provide.
New gadgets typically arrive just in time for holiday season shoppers. This benefited me nicely during my recent purchase of the Fitbit Force, which came to market around the same time as the JAWBONE UP24. While those two companies have had wristband activity trackers for some time, there is a new guy in town who wants a piece of the action. Say hello to the Polar Loop Activity Tracker. Let’s put it into BATTLE with my Fitbit Force and see how it does!
During my recent trip to the local electronics store to pick up some other activity trackers that I’ll be testing soon I came across something interesting. On the end-cap where the adult-sized devices reside was a rainbow of colorful little units called the iBitz Kids Activity Trackers. Using my phone to quickly visit the manufacturer’s website informed me that this might be a fun gadget for my six-year-daughter. At only $34.99 it was worth a shot, right?
Do a web search for “activity trackers” right now. Go ahead, do it. What do you see? Almost every link is a gadget reviewer providing their thoughts or comparison of the latest and greatest device to come to market. Readers beware: this blog is NOT going to turn into one of those sites!