Don’t get me wrong… quantified self is all over the FUTURE… but today, it’s crap.
My Nike FuelBand broke today. Again…
Last time, I had to give a credit card and promise to pay $150 if I didn’t return my old one within 30 days, before they would send me a replacement. Now, I’m debating over whether I really want to go to the trouble of calling them back up and getting a new one. And I think the answer is no.
It was pretty cool at first…but the main reasons why I love it today are listed here:
- I can see it at night
- When I get up to feed the baby in the middle of the night, it provides just enough light to get me across my room without bumping into anything
And that didn’t seem like it was worth keeping. I casually watch the progress bar at the end of the day… it’s of mild curiosity after do some physical activity… or drive a car down bumpy road… and I live in South Arkansas… so pretty much drive anywhere.
My vision of quantified self is more than a pedometer… today, I look search for anything I want. A future where I can type in “Where was I at 2:15 on April 11th?” or “What was my blood pressure during the client meeting last Tuesday,” is what I’m interested in.
But let’s be honest… Nike FuelBand is NOT quantified self. It’s one tiny piece of data about me. It’s totally unaware of context, and can’t tell the difference between driving, running, rocking a baby, or overly aggressive anger-typing, to which I am apparently prone between the times of 2:00-4:00PM on Weekdays.
Maybe the answer lies elsewhere? I think not … observe the competition:
- Fitbit – pedometer
- Fitbit Flex – pedometer… on your wrist
- Jawbone Up – pedometer… on your wrist
- Bodybugg – pedometer
They’re all pedometers!!! You know what else is a pedometer?
So long Nike Fuelband. I’m going to be telling time on my mobile phone until iWatch comes out.