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Monday, April 30, 2012

Nike+FuelBand

What is it?

The Nike+Fuelband is a wrist band that measures your physical activity and calorie burn.  It is used to help you lose weight and/or become more physically fit and improve your health.  It should be worn 24 hours a day or from the time you get up  and until you go to sleep. 


How does it work?

The Nike+Fuelband is a wristband that contains a built-in 3 axis accelerometer.  This measures all daily activity including steps taken,  running, walking, any sports, and just going through your daily grind.  It keeps track of the number of calories you burned performing these activities. It also doubles as a watch.  It has one button on it that allows you to look at your time, number of steps, and calories burned.  The wristband will need to be charged up via the USB cable through your computer or using the USB charger station.  The charge will last approximately 4 days. 



The wristband has a Led light strip on it. When you start your day, the lights will be red.  As your activity increases during the day and you begin to meet your exercise goals, the lights begin to change to green.  Green indicates that you have met your activity goals for the day.




How do I get my results?

Computer
To personalize your program and goals, you must plug your wristband into your computer via a USB cable.  Go to Nikeplus.com and begin downloading the Nike+ connect software.  The software allows the Nike+Fuelband and your computer to interact with each other.  At Nike+.com you will be able to set up personal goals for daily, weekly, and monthly intervals.  The program will suggest new goals and provide motivation for you.   You will be able to see your daily activities in visual graphs.  A history of your activity will be recorded.  The program includes little rewards and surprises as you progress in your activities.  There is also a place to enter how your mood is on each day; to see if that impacts your ability to exercise.  You can share your accomplishments with friends via Face book and Twitter.

iPhone
If you want to go wireless, the Nike+Fuel Band will sync with your iPhone (iOS 4.3 and 5) using the Bluetooth mobile app.  This will download your results in real time and you can see your activity throughout the day.  Get all your results and see how you are doing.  If you are meeting all your goals, you will receive special achievement awards.  There is also a challenge to see how many days you can go green (meet all your daily goals).  It is called a streak!!!  Then you get a little "Cheerleader guy" who will cheer you on.




What do you get when you buy it and how much does it cost?

Prior to ordering the wristband, you will need to determine which size is right for you.  There is a template on the Nike site that can be printed off and used to determine the correct size for you.     The wristband comes in 3 sizes, small, medium, and large. There are adjustable links included to make slight changes in the size.

When you purchase the Nike+Fuel band, you will receive the wristband, several links to make slight adjustments to the wristband.  It will also include a sizing tool, USB charging cable and USB stand.   Cost is $149.00 and it is only available from the Nike.  Currently they do not deliver outside of the USA.















Misc information

  • The wristband has ambient lights that become brighter if you are outside, so you can still read the display.
  • Nike+fuel band weights approximately 1 ounce.
  • The wristband is water resistant and can be worn in the rain.  It is not waterproof and cannot be worn while swimming. 
  • Wristband contains 2 lithium batteries.
  • The web site has helpful information and a FAQ section should you have any problems.
  • There is no place to enter your food consumption. 




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