Finally, after almost a week of order finally its delivered. I am not sure how indians are offered from local reseller but from Expansys its for 168$ for device, 30$ for Shipping and 54$ for Indian custom duty charges. This is very expensive but a warranty is assured from Expansys that feels good.
Whats included : Fitbit flex device, two straps (small and large size), Charging cable, base station, very good packing.
Looks & Sync : The device is very sleek and the band fits the wrist very good. I couldn’t sync with my tablet (Lenovo A3000H) but worked awesome with Iphone 5 and Samsung S4. The fitbit app only supports add a device or sync option on supported devices, other Bluetooth 4 devices never ever show up this option that’s disappointing. I was happy that somehow the lenovo tablet was able to find the device even though sync was not possible due to app restriction. I know fitbit would support more devices in future. You can use Fitbit base station included with the device to sync with your PC or Mac. I like this option better than mobile BT syncing as takes a lot of battery life.
Battery : After charging for about 45 mins (full 5 led charge) this stays wake for more than 6 days ( still counting). The website says it saves detailed data for 7 days so syncing regularly not required but recommended to sync after 1 day. You can save a lot on battery if you not use LED on the device to see stats regularly and not use BT sync regularly. I am expecting about 7-8days after one complete charge.
Features : The device lets you track steps and sleep. The rest analysis is given by fitbit app. The app allows you to see calories burned based on steps walked , log food, sleep patterns, distance travelled and active minutes. I really like the sleep visualizations as it tell efficiency, awake and restless times for sleep. I hope to see more when i use third party apps. It has helped me improve my activity and reach 10K steps goal daily. I am now figuring ways to sleep better, loving it.
What else : Developer API is the next best thing as I can use my data to do some awesome personal analytics. Next few weeks I would be spending creative time with it developing something useful for me and later maybe for the world.
Soon, I would talk more on the things people do with this data. Stay tuned !
Its been a while and I wanted to learn in more depth about some technologies and concepts. I see joining MOOC one of the best way to do so. For all data geeks I would want to share some courses that I have recently joined or enrolled active till Dec 2013. Please check the list below :
- [Edx] Learning from data by Prof. Yaser S. Abu-Mostafa - This is a introductory machine learning course and would help me revise the concepts in a classroom format. This course is taught in parallel at Caltech. It started 30th September and would run till Dec 2, 2013. Please visit this link for more information.
- [Coursera] Social Network Analysis by Prof. lada adamic – The course offers a depth study of SNA using some useful computational tools like Gephi . I have always been interested in understanding relation between data and then try to make opinions based on that. Please visit this link for more information.
- [Coursera] BigData in Education by prof. Ryan S.J.D Baker – This is very interesting course and gives the attendees a real world application essence of Bigdata i.e E-education optimization. Its most interesting portion would be to apply the taught concepts on education specific tools and technologies. Please visit this link for more information.
Top five apps that I think every Sony smart-watch owner should have are :
- Smart alarm for smart-watch – This is very useful as it offers a vibrating alarm. Yes, its the same feature on fitbit flex and helps you wakeup on time by simply vibrating on your wrist. I am not a big fan of sound alarms.
- Dialer for smartwatch – If you are using the same product you would find its tough to actually dial a number and call directly from your watch. This is the solution as it lets you dial a number and call directly from your wrist.
- Viewfinder – Imagine you want to use a camera shutter while clicking group photos. This is very useful as it lets you see how the picture would be before clicking. Just tap on the screen and yes it works. All the images are saved in your gallery.
- Runtastic running – All set to do a morning jog or gym workout and don’t want to switch on the pedometer apps on your system between workouts, this is the ideal solution. Although you need to have a mobile in your pocket with accurate sensor supported for tracking.
- Whatsapp Alerts – Gmail, facebook and twitter notifications are powered by smart extra apps but whatsapp is not supported. So for the very same reason, this is the best notification app for whatsapp alerts.
I am looking forward to try Sony smartwatch 2, Pebble and Qualcom torq soon. The suggested apps are based on personal experiences.
What is QS ? : According to Wikipedia, The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person’s daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical).
I think I am one of the very few in New Delhi that is a QS fan. Before sharing the list of my new sensors, I want to share – Why QS for me ? Well its simple, I want to improve my fitness goals by doing more activity and tracking it. Also, its great when you can do small analytics on your personal heath data timely and understand pros n cons for longer run.
The inspiration credits goes to : Singapore QS Group