One trend I’ve noticed is more health monitoring devices are allowing you to share your information. The service allows you to do this in several manners. One way is to click the Facebook button on your Activity Manager and share daily summary information on http://www.facebook.com/BodyMediaFIT. An example I found on the Facebook page is below.
The Facebook page is also useful for connecting with other users and getting questions answered.
The service also integrates with EarndIt. This is a free service that allows you to link your device to their system to earn rewards toward various products. The service periodically offers challenges where people can compete with each other. In doing research, I also spotted references to working with RunKeeper Health Graph, but I haven’t seen any BodyMedia product integration yet.
Although the site doesn’t have a dedicated forum on their site except for developers, they do have a blog that provides useful information such as product enhancements and user stories.
Data Exporting & Reporting
The service allows you to export your data as an Excel spreadsheet. It nicely breaks each section into their own tabs so you’re not mixing and matching data. In other words, meals information is on its own sheet as is sleep activity. This information can be very useful if you need to share data with a health professional or do your own analysis. The export also provides some different columns like Meal Log Compliance or data presented in a different fashion. As example, on your Activity tab, you can see how many minutes were spent in each MET range.
I think the export feature is a great feature, but I would like the option of selecting different date ranges other than the 4 displayed options. As example, I would like to export all my data, not just the last 28 days.
Another useful feature is the Nutrition Assessment tool that analyzes 3 days of meals and activities. One option that I took advantage of was the checkbox for Add 10% underestimation of calories. I figured this box would account for the items I forgot while cooking like olive oil, tastings and so on. The assessment highlighted certain items I wouldn’t normally think of like how I eat a much larger proportion of my calories during dinner. I knew it was more, just not that much more.
One gotcha I encountered was in starting a new assessment. Because of my monitor layout, I didn’t see the Begin Nutrition Assessment button at the bottom. It was below the fold on my monitor and I found myself clicking the Day 1 tab to start. It would be nice if the company shifted that button a bit higher.
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Last Updated (Saturday, 17 December 2011 22:41)