>> FITBIT CHARGEHR - ONE WEEK AND FEELING BUZZED
The wearable market has evolved substantially over a year - I
took the plunge and tried it out.
I attended and presented at the
event last week and during the exhibition I entered a few of the various
competitions being held to be a lucky winner of the
fitness bands - so I took it for a test drive over the last week. At first
I was a bit skeptical about them; but now I love it and I do not know why
it took me so long to start using them.
The fitbit chargehr is the latest in the fitbit range of products, providing:
- PurePulse™ Heart Rate monitor
- Workouts and All-Day Actvitity
- steps taken
- distance travelled
- floors climbed
- active minutes (based on heart rate zones)
- various badges for achievements
- friend and group challenges
- Caller ID and Watch
- Silent Alarms
- Wireless Synchronization
It is one of the better of all the fitness trackers available from
the company; on sale for $149.95 USD - depending on the country;
(german) has it for sale at 149.95 € - you may want to shop around.
It was good that mine was provided for FREE :)
It took a bit of time to get used to reminding myself to wear the band;
initially it felt a little irritating as I typically never wore a watch
or any form of jewellery on my wrists. I did go out on one occasion
without the tracker - but it just encouraged me to not forget again.
Any fitness guru may rip me apart based on these stats; but my dashboard
You can see clearly it has been monitoring my heart rate, number of
steps, distance travelled, active minutes, and calories burned during
the day - I was pleasantly surprised to see my resting heart rate
being measured between 61 and 67; averaging 63 overall. Apparently;
this means I am in good, almost borderline excellent condition for my
Say what? :) I'm not the athletic type at all - but, heck; you do not argue
The net result of wearing the tracker; security concerns about how private
my data actually is and what someone could actually do with it put aside
- is that when I approach a set of stairs when an escalator is present;
I remember the floors climbed achievement and opt for the stairs instead.
I see myself walking instead of taking the subway or bus; a motivational
If you have been pondering getting one of these - stop it; just go get yourself one.
The hacker in me does want to remove the dependency on the iOS and android
application that the company provides; especially since the data is stored
on their servers - one does wonder if it would be possible to
the BLE protocol so I could write my own sync application using
and have 100% control of my own information.
That would be one hell of a plugin to make available to developers.