Over the past few years, I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing some of the most advanced fitness trackers on the market (including one that can predict and quantify your movements in the gym). At the same time, I’ve also expressed my hesitations on the current push for the quantified self movement. Currently, I feel like the movement presents users with an overwhelming amount of data, but in my opinion, it doesn’t spur behavior change, which is the only point of tracking the numbers in the first place. Data without understanding is absolutely meaningless. As I’ve mentioned before, Exist, an app created by the two developers at Hello Code, is set to change that. I’m really excited to see the kinds of tools they put in the hands of consumers and where their small app can take the quantified self movement as a whole.
In the spirit of dreaming big, I thought it would be cool to share some areas that I’m hoping fitness trackers improve on in the new few years. No doubt some of these are already being worked on at the moment. Many of the items I’m proposing aren’t anything spectacularly new or innovative. However, they are tough to implement. So, keeping that in mind, here’s a wish list of where I would like to see quantified self movement in the future.
I’ve reviewed several fitness trackers for DailyBurn, but I haven’t been too impressed by any of them so far (Atlas may be the exception). The Vivofit definitely left me impressed. One thing I really hate is constantly having to recharge batteries for my devices. With a one-year battery life, Garmin finally released a fitness tracker that can keep up with your active lifestyle without needing to be charged every week.
I’ve posted before how I’m not quite sold on fitness trackers. However, I was impressed when I saw Atlas, a crowd-funded tracking device that boasts features like real-time exercise recording and repetition counting. If there’s one thing I hate after a workout, it’s recording all of my sets, reps, and weights used. However, that element is crucial for progress. Through inertial sensors in the wrist monitor, Atlas can actually track your movements and by analyzing data, determine what exercise you’re doing. It certainly seems like a promising advancement in tracking devices.