Back on the Fuelband after a terrible experiment with the Jawbone Up.

I’d used a Fuelband for almost a year before deciding it was limited and wanting more. The Up seemed perfect for a geek, a lovely iOS app and an open API that meant it even had an IFTTT channel. Sadly it was let down by flaws in the product and bad support. It never fully worked, and in the eight weeks I waited for a replacement (which was always promised in a ‘few days’) its remaining functionality gave up and died. A very common story on their support forum.

I found myself longing for a return to the Fuelband. Compared to the Up the data created is limited, the measurement proprietary, and the functionality poor.

But it works. Clever target setting changes my behaviour and makes me more active, perhaps because there is limited functionality that concentrates on activity.

And it’s cooler than the Jawbone too.


I’d always thought death was the ultimate experience. Turns out it’s trying some new Nikes. Unless it isn’t marketing hyperbole and they plan to kill us all afterwards.