The idea is you slip the FitBit device into your pocket and walk around with it at all times and it’ll track your motion and count how many steps you’ve taken, approximate how many storey’s you’ve climbed and how well you’ve slept last night.
I’m not much of a health nutter (lack of willpower), but I AM a stats and numbers person and the thought of having some form of “accurate” analytics about my daily habits is intriguing.
The plastic bit you put into your pocket is only half of the product. The rest of it is on FitBit.com where you can create your own profile and have the tracker track vital statistics and automatically update.
You can also log your activities (say, jogging or elliptical training) and the food you eat. This will generate a rough guide to the calories in and calories out. As of now, I’ve burned about 1,593 calories of the 2,184 goal I have today.
Apparently the FitBit will also track your sleep patterns, when you wear it around your wrist. Based on your movement (I think it supposes tossing and turning as a sign of poor quality sleep), it tells you how well and how long you slept last night. While you may think the information is obvious, it keeps record of this over the course of your lifetime an you’ll be interested to know, say, for 2012 you only slept an average of 5 hours a day.
The bit is just fresh out of the bag right now, but I’m really enthused to get it going and figure out what I’m doing with all my excess energy. Will come back in a bit with a bit more perspective on Health 2.0.