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@nathanielmott Yeah all the technology is so new that it's definitely a bit underwhelming. I'd love to know the "retention rate" of their customers. I wonder how many of them consistently use the product for 3 months after purchase?
A lot of these fitness trackers are novelty - carrot and stick methodology - and generally more hassle then they're worth (i.e., syncing with Jawbone's Up was a pain, sleeping with Fitbit was moderately annoying). They're great for building awareness and telling you how much sleep you're not getting. But that information becomes lackluster after a while. I think if they figured out a way to incorporate heart rate monitors without requiring chest straps, wifi/bluetooth connectivity, and a non-pain-in-the-ass way to record food intake, they'd have something with utility that truly augments reality (instead of something that is "work," causing you to forget to use it after a while).
I'd also love to see one of them partner with 23andMe. :B
1 year, 9 months ago on Fitness Tech Needs to Pick Up the Pace
Great article! I loved my Fitbit till it bricked. :(