How wearable computing fits into Spinning®
The more interest you take in keeping fit, the more appetite you develop for measuring how you’re doing: weight, resting heart rate, calories burnt, blood pressure, and so on.
But most methods of collecting this information rely on you using a different gadget. They also interrupt your regime. And it’s difficult to collect all the data in the same place so you have a diary of your progress.
Wearable computing, although in its infancy, is a first step in enabling us to take a holistic, real time snapshot of our fitness and wellbeing.
At the moment, there are four key devices readily available in the shops.
Jawbone, Fitbit, Withings and Nike Fuel.
Nike Fuel is about to disappear, as Nike pull out of this sector, just like they did with heart rate monitors.
Reviews are everywhere. Here is my one-sentence guide to each of the three remaining contenders.
Jawbone is the best looking product which does the most and looks good outside the gym. It plugs into your iPhone or connects by Bluetooth, depending on the model.
Fitbit is cheaper, looks cheaper and needs taking apart and plugging into your computer of phone to upload your data.
Withings uses a belt clip during the day and a wristband by night. It looks good compared with the Fitbit but the Jawbone is the most elegant of the three.
Jawbone is the one I use and recommend to you.