Solved Discuss: Fitness Tracker Bands

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July 4, 2014 at 06:00:38
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news of Microsoft's upcoming fitness tracking band. Discuss here if you've gotten in on this latest trend, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.


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July 4, 2014 at 15:37:37
Is that the one they're using the 'chicken fat' song to promote? We used to have to do exercises to that song in first grade. I still remember most of the words.

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July 5, 2014 at 16:01:02
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I'm not thinking of leaping into this gadget. My current technique is to just look in the mirror each morning and try to decide if I'm still alive. Mostly I have been but there have been a few doubtful days.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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July 5, 2014 at 16:24:36
mmm $200 more or less... for another gadget... Does one really need it?

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July 5, 2014 at 16:38:12
This is another waste of money. It's just more people jumping on the band wagon to get a piece of the worthless electronic app crap. It would be so nice if money bought common sense, and people started doing things that were meaningful again.

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July 6, 2014 at 12:50:22
I haver recently bought a Garmin Fitness Band, mainly out of curiosity. It turns out that it is nothing mote than en expensive motion sensor. It makes no attempt to monitor important things like pulse rate, repository rate, temperature or blood pressure. Important things like that cost extra, much extra.

It attempts to monitor calorie consumption based in your age, sex and gender and the the amount of activity you are doing. It cannot differentiate between a casual stroll in the park and and running up a a twenty story flight of stairs, therefore the numbers have got to be treated with caution. In fact a casual stroll in the park is likely to register higher because you arms will be swinging while a dash up twenty story flight of stairs your arms are likely to be clasped to you chest. That is assuming you are wearing the device on your wrist as intended.

One useful function it might perform is that it will give you some indication of how well you slept, but then most people can work that out within seconds of getting out of bed.

In order to use this particular device you have to log into an on-line account and upload data from the devise. Its mention of twitter put me on the defensive right from the off. A local application could have done the same thing without the bother of uploading to a remote server. But then that would have been too private and the trend these days is to let everyone know everything about you.

All in all an expensive gimmick that will achieve little more that the doing as Derek says and looking in the mirror every morning.

If you really do want to monitor your health, a set of bathroom scales, kitchen scales, a thermometer, a stopwatch and a copy of MS Excell will do the job jut as well.


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