Monday, January 23, 2012

Nike+ FuelBand. Just count it. Accelerometers have come a long way.


It wasn’t too long ago when accelerometers were very costly components: they were used in very high-end equipment, made their way into car airbags and expensive laptops, then foot pods and gaming controllers and now, well, if you can wear it, it can track.

Here’s Nike’s "FuelBand." It’s really a glorified pedometer that uses an accelerometer to track the wearer’s movement. It can synch the collected info with an iOS app for more detailed analysis. There’s nothing ground breaking here and we say something recently in Jawbone’s "UP" that tracks movement and sleeping patterns.

According to reviews, UP has let users down. Let’s see if Nike's FuelBand really counts.

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