After seeing them about, I decided to get one of those Nike “FuelBand” thingies.


Basically it’s a modern pedometer, with flair. It tracks steps, calories burned, and it uses some algorithm to calculate “fuel points”.

It’s also a watch.

You set a daily goal of how many points you want to achieve. I keep mine set around 3000 (which equates to 10,000+ steps).

And after one week, I have to say I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with the thing. How do I love/hate thee, FuelBand? Let me count the ways:

Love: the simplistic design

Hate: that it’s too simple. Not enough cool options

Love: the easy Bluetooth sync to my iPhone

Hate: the Nike FuelBand website and app design

Love: the data tracking and graphs

Hate: how difficult it is to change some settings– like which freakin wrist you wear it on

Love: setting goals for daily activity

Hate: that you can’t seem to change the daily goal once it’s set for the day

Love: the instant feedback as to how active you are being

Hate: that it seems arbitrary on how many fuel points certain activities get

Love: that it acts as a constant carrot, making me choose more active things in order to hit my goal

Hate: how hard it is to hit the goal even when I’ve been really active.

Overall the FuelBand is good yet frustrating. Like the other day I did a solid 45 minutes on the elliptical (with arms!) and the band seemed to skimp on how many fuel points it awarded.

Or when I lifted weights and did pushups and got seemingly no fuel points for this activity (yet walking down a few flights of stairs gives me 100’s of points).

I guess the best thing about it is that it acts as a constant reminder of my weight loss goal and my need for increased daily activity.

Hell, it’s the proverbial string-around-the-finger. Only with LED lights and Bluetooth connectivity.

I’ll be very curious as to how many fuel points I can amass during a summer drum corps rehearsal.

Oooooo! Or camp!


About cb

Nickname: Munt Measurements: 45 B, 34, 38(?) Ambition: to be the best human ever! Turn ons: long walks on the beach, romantic dinners, porn, rainbows, cock Turn offs: bad smell face, men who are full of themselves, dead puppies, popcorn, sadness
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4 Responses to Fuel.

  1. truthspew says:

    I recall when the company I was doing a gig for enrolled us all in the Virgin pedometer program. Me, being the technically inclined figured out how to hack it. I had it showing me walking 15 or 20 miles a day. It was funny – because prior to my hack some office mates and I had actually gotten into a competition. Now at the time I was in fact walking about 7 miles per day. So I had the highest count.

    Some caught up to me, but then I decided to go for ludicrous. So I rigged an Arduino to pulse the ferreed every 5ms or 10ms depending on the level of evil I was feeling.

    Logic board

  2. Mark, née Fuzz says:

    You have a penchant for wasting money on gimmicky crap.

  3. Nik_TheGreek says:

    You really love your toys / gadgets… 🙂

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