Nike+ Fuel Band?

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  1. cueboyzn

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    Anyone here using (or tried) this Nike+ Fuelband?

    http://nikeplus.nike.com/plus/products/fuelband

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    http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2399096,00.asp


    Nike+ FuelBand Turns Life Into Exercise

    By Mark Hachman
    January 19, 2012 02:18pm EST


    Nike unveiled the Nike+ FuelBand on Thursday, a personal accelerometer that measures your activity in what Nike calls "Fuel," or your movements in three dimensions.

    Users will be able to preorder the FuelBand for $150 on the Nike online store at 5pm EST, Nike said.

    Using the tagline "Life is a sport," Nike's FuelBand basically takes the pedometer a leap farther; the company claims that the band can measure everything from breakdancing to basketball, with the exception of swimming. Each motion contributes to a running daily tally of the "fuel" you've consumed, which can be measured and tracked both on the band itself, on the PC, as well as a related smartphone app.

    The FuelBand seems relatively similar to the FitBit Ultra, which is a cheaper option at $100. The FuelBand can also be considered the next generation of the Nike+ SportBand, another wristband pedometer that Nike debuted in 2009.

    Nike claims that any aerobic movement—dancing, walking, skipping rope, boxing—is tracked using the three-dimensional accelerometer and converted into its own arbitrary "fuel" metric. (It's doubtful, however, that the band can measure resistance, or activity where the wrist is stationary, such as a pushup or bicycle riding. With the FitBit, such activities must be manually entered.) It's water-resistant, but not waterproof, so don't try swimming.

    The band itself contains two arrays of LED lights. The first, a horizontal strip, measures your progress against your daily goals. As you exercise more, more of the lights light up, turning from red to green as the goal is met. An array of white lights above it serves as a basic display screen, lighting up "steps," "cals" (calories) or "fuel"—all categories that the FuelBand tracks.

    Using the FuelBand starts on a PC. There, users can charge and connect the FuelBand, decide upon a daily goal, track and chart progress, and share accomplishments, including achievements for which Nike will provide rewards. An app pairs with a smartphone via Bluetooth for monitoring your progress on-the-go—but just iPhones using iOS 4 and 5; Android versions will arrive soon, Nike said.

    Each FuelBand should stay charged for four days, Nike claims.

    The wristband comes in three sizes, small (5.79 inches) to medium (6.77 inches) and large (7.76 inches) and weighs a maximum of 1.13 ounces at its largest size. It can also be adjusted with either an 8 mm or 16 mm "link" to modify the size further. Nike claims that the device is made of a combination of TPE (a thermoplastic rubber) and polypropelene.
     
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  2. cueboyzn

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    A few more screenshots taken from the Nike+ Fuel Band App:

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  3. MasturB

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    What I read is it doens't have a heart rate monitor, so if you did anything like spinning it wouldn't count it.

    Also that it counts points when you're just driving around, so it is more like a social monitor than anything.

    I want something that will count when I lift weights, or get a good burn from being on a spinning or rower. Not essentially a GPS tracker.
     
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    But for tennis in particular it could be a uselful thing, even if you wore it on the non-hitting wrist so to perhaps give a more accurate reading of your activity on court. I would imagine putting it on your actual racket arm would be overdoing it and kidding yourself as it would be very easy (I assume) to accumulate a greater number of (fuel?) points by wearing it on your hitting arm.
     
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    I'd imagine so.

    It would be even more skewed for one handers I suppose if you put it on your right hand.

    I may end up buying one of these tbh. Probably will buy one for Christmas and one for my bro for Christmas.
     
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    So.

    After seeing this I decided to buy one for my bro for his b-day. I also saw how Nike was promoting this on facebook with other athletes (see if you can catchup with Pacquiao etc).

    I ended up buying another one for myself.

    Should be coming in the mail soon.

    Not going to take all of the fuel points serious, but it should be fun to compete with my bro on a fitness level. Probably going to buy a bunch of these for christmas for my parents and sister to get them motivated to exercise more.
     
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    I Have been using the Nike+ fuelband for playing tennis since May, and I really love it. I know that the accuracy is not the best, but it gives me that extra push for hitting the gym a couple of minutes if I have not reached my goal after a tennis match.

    The fuelband also looks very cool, and it's fun to track all your physical activities on your iPhone.

    I haven't had the chance to compare my data to another tennis player, so it will be fun if any of you get one.

    As a reference, after a normal day with a 1.5 hour match, I manage to reach a goal of 4500 fuels ( please do not ask me how the band makes the point calculations, i just know that there is a pedometer and a accelerometer involved. I really just just hope the data its not randomly generated!)
     
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  8. MasturB

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    Really?

    That's crazy. Apparently it gives you fuel points when you're just driving. But did you measure it before and after hte match and it goes to 4500? Which hand is it on?

    I use a 1HBH, but I plan on using it on my left hand (non-hitting hand) so I am curious to see how many points I rack up just from moving.
     
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    The 4500 points are for the whole day, normally I get 2000 just for the tennis match, using the fuelband in my non hitting hand
     
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    Honored that your only 2 posts have come from this thread. lol

    Interesting.

    I don't play much matches lately but I do hit and rally often for a few hours. Might give me extra fuel points I'd imagine.
     
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    Just came in the mail today. Just got a chance to finally open up and set it up out of hte box.

    I'm not sure if I"m supposed to sleep with it on or take it off.

    I'm going to hit the hay for now. Going to try to be active tomorrow!
     
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    Hit with it on for about an hour and a half.

    Gave me close to 2k points just from hitting.

    Wow!
     
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  13. luishcorreia

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    I do not have the fueld band, but i have the nike+ sensor. I use a Polar Heart rate monitor that integrates with the ipod nano.
    I upload all my data (the running and the heart rate monitor) to the nike+ web site (wich is full of bugs by the way).

    However this is suitable only for running.

    Adidas now has the miCoach that is suitable to other sports, as tennis.

    Nike launched recently the Nike Training. A new sensor and shoe that detects the preassure you do on the toe, etc and tells you yur workout intensity.
     
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  14. luishcorreia

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    Nike Fuel is just for people trying to loose weight and to measure a way go be active all day long. Not very interesting for people who play sports. Nike+ would be more suitable for runners.
     
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    I have the Fitbit Flex and it is so much better for $50 less. The Fuel band is all about the app and it is just too much information. The fitbit is amazingly accurate with walking, running, and tennis....in terms of the number of steps you have taken, but obviously a tennis match would burn more calories then just a calculation based on the number of steps....but you can account for this easily in the app.
     
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