Exercise is important, theres no disputing that. Its especially critical if, like us, you spend hours each day plopped in front of a computer screen hammering out hardware reviews, TPS reports, or whatever. Activity is key to a healthy lifestyle, but how do you know if youre doing enough? In the old days, a mirror and scale would keep track of your progress. And today? Healthy living monitor gadgets like the Nike+ FuelBand are finding an audience among the health nuts, nouveau techno-geeks, and the upwardly connected set. But what you may not realize is that, as cool as these gadgets purport to be, you may be signing up for more than you bargained for.
Thats certainly the case with the Nike+ FuelBand, a $149 wristband with LED display that tracks your daily activity, tells you how many calories youve burned, lets you know how much fuel you have left in the tank seriously, and basically keeps track of “every move you make.” If you think that sounds like a privacy nightmare waiting to happen, it pretty much is.
We were discussing the product with a source directly connected to Nike and he told us an amusing, albeit startling anecdote about a guy who got caught cheating on his girlfriend because of the Nike+ FuelBand.
“They shared their activity between each other and she noticed he was active at 1-2AM, when he was supposed to be home,” our source told us.