|FuelBand has pretty lights|
First, a quick review of the product. The Nike+ Fuelband is a stylish band that basically keeps track of your movement via an accelerometer. Like a Nintendo Wii-mote, if you have played any games on the Wii, you should be familiar with accelerometers. The idea is, you set your goal based on 'NikeFuel'. An average active day is about 2000 NikeFuel points. The more you move, the more NikeFuel you earn. It also kinda tracks calories burned and steps taken, like a pedometer. All this and it tells time.
While it is water resistant is it not waterproof. This means you can sweat all over it and it will be fine, you can even wear it in the shower. But, it is not made for swimming or relaxing bubble baths with champagne...nor regular baths.
|Nike+ FuelBand and App for iOS.|
To give you an idea, here is my first week of using the Nike+ FuelBand.
|23 July - Hockey, 2702 NikeFuel|
|24 July - Yoga, 2303 NikeFuel|
|25 July - Weights, 2641 NikeFuel|
|26 July - Cardio, 3160 NikeFuel|
|27 July - Hockey, 2859 NikeFuel|
|28 July - House work, 3780 NikeFuel|
|29 July - Pilates, 3518 NikeFuel|
There you have it, a full week of NikeFuel points. As you can see on my charts, they have all green, meaning the goals have been reached. I did have trouble syncing up one day (Saturday), and I did not get credit for achieving my goal for that day. The App needs to be connected to Internet and the NikePlus website whilst syncing with the FuelBand. For some reason, there was an issue with connecting with Nike so my goal was never registered, although, my NikeFuel points were.
The streak ended at four days. Now, I have to start my streak over because of this minor glitch.. Looks like I am not making the honour roll this season.
Update: Nike says the battery lasts anywhere from 1-4 days, depending on activity level (accumulating points and syncing). I had it last well over two weeks and it still did not flash low battery on me.
I also tricked the FuelBand while cycling. I looped it through the strap on my shoes. Granted, I was on the trainer for this and not on the road.
Update #2: The FuelBand works while cycling!
|Nike FuelBand works with cycling|
My guess is that being on the road, you have a lot of bumps and vibrations along the way to activate the accelerometer. With the trainer, there is minimal movement of the band. Which I why I tried strapping it to my shoe.
After the ride, I checked it and had my biggest point gain with almost 4000 points from the ride alone. Total ride time (not including stops) was about 2:39:09, with 36.61 miles covered. The FuelBand says I burnt 1793 calories all day, my bike computer says I burnt 1890, just on the ride. I would say that the band did not count about 50% of my calories burnt while cycling. I am not even sure how devices like these count burnt calories.
|List of banners one can achieve with the Nike FuelBand (stolen from How to Nike)|