BodyMedia FIT Link Armband Weight Management System
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- Track your activity and calorie burn like the contestants on The Biggest Loser and endorsed by health and wellness expert Jillian Michaels
- The BodyMedia system automatically tracks your calories around the clock helping you to lose weight and even improve your weight loss by 3X proven in group trials
- Bluetooth-enabled to work with BodyMedia iPhone and Andoid apps so you can see your data in real-time and upload wirelessly Food logging also available with app
- Works with MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, Sparkpeople and more
From the Manufacturer
Are you looking for that added edge in your weight loss program? Track your activity and calorie burn like the contestants on The Biggest Loser.
At a Glance:
- As seen on NBC's The Biggest Loser
- Wear the Armband to measure calories burned, steps taken, activity levels and sleep quality
- Communicates directly with the free BodyMedia FIT app on your smartphone using Bluetooth to give you real time data
- Log food using the online tool or mobile app
- Import nutritional data from apps such as MyFitnessPal
- Receive personalized feedback via the BodyMedia FIT coach
- Compatible with iPhone, Android, and other mobile devices
- Subscription required after 3-month trial***
The BodyMedia LINK Armband captures 5,000+ data points per minute, automatically tracking calories burned during your daily activities.
BodyMedia LINK Armband
The BodyMedia FIT LINK Armband is the most accurate device in the market for measuring calorie burn*. No other consumer body monitoring device can capture calorie burn with greater than 90 percent accuracy, a fact that has been clinically validated when compared to the gold standard in calorie measurement**. The BodyMedia FIT Armband automatically and accurately gives you round the clock info on calories burned, steps taken, activity levels, and sleep quality. The LINK Armband, enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology, sends information directly to your smartphone providing real-time caloric burn, activity levels, steps taken and sleep quality.
*Data on file.
**British Journal of Sports Medicine, July 2010.
***Subscription required. The LINK Armband does not display information on its own, but rather works in conjunction with the online Activity Manager. Package includes a free 3-month trial period subscription.
Accuracy is on the Arm
When you wear a BodyMedia FIT Armband directly on your arm, it monitors calories burned, monitors exercise intensity, steps taken and sleep quality. Other devices clip to your shirt or belt loop so they can only record simple data (steps) from when you move. Why is that important? BodyMedia FIT Armbands recognize that jogging up 3 flights of stairs is not the same as walking down 3 flights of stairs. You're doing more work and burning more calories jogging up those stairs.
If you want to accurately monitor what's going on inside your body, you need a system that is in touch with you day and night. That's why BodyMedia FIT Armbands are worn directly on your arm. Its patented sensors detect skin temperature, sweat, the rate of heat leaving your body and motion. It knows what you're doing, when you're doing it and even the intensity of your effort.
Online Activity Manager
Our Activity Manager allows you to upload data to our server via your smartphone or computer. The software analyzes the data and presents the information in an easy-to-understand format so that your progress can be tracked. The Activity Manager allows you to enter your body's metrics (height, weight, age, gender), log food, and guides you to your goals with a running report on the progress you've made--all while tracking their personal bests.
The Activity Manager also features FIT coach. The software analyzes the millions of data points gathered from your Armband and you are given individual feedback suggestions such as eating something different, adjusting activity levels or focusing on getting more sleep. All of the feedback you receive is based on your actual data.
The LINK Armband makes information immediately available by communicating directly with your mobile device. View larger.
BodyMedia FIT App
The LINK Armband powered by Bluetooth wireless technology communicates directly with the BodyMedia FIT smartphone app to provide real-time, up-to-the minute streams of information. You can view your Dashboard and see real-time data to evaluate how they are tracking against daily goals. Using the app, you can also create customized workouts. The LINK Armband puts valuable health information at your fingertips for added motivation to stay on-track.
Wireless Upload of Data
The LINK Armband now offers wireless upload. Wireless upload allows you to cut the cord with the computer by enabling the BodyMedia FIT app on your smartphone to upload all of the Armband data to our server. Upload from anywhere in the world with an internet connection--no computer needed. You'll like it so much, you might just forget to charge your Armband, so keep an eye on the battery indicator (most people charge it every 4-5 days).
Apps that work with the Armband
- Withings - Never log your weight manually again by connecting your Withings Scale account to your BodyMedia Activity Manager to have your weight entries sent automatically.
- MyFitnessPal - Database of 2 million foods to make logging meals a snap. MyFitnessPal also offers a free barcode scanner and an online community to diet with your friends.
- Runkeeper - Turns your smartphone into a personal trainer in your pocket.
Mobile devices tested to work with the LINK Armband and mobile apps include the iPad 3; iPad 2; iPad; iPhone (4S, 4 and 3GS); iPod touch (3rd and 4th generation); LG Ally; LG Optimus S; Motorola Droid (original, 2, and X); Samsung Epic; Samsung Intercept; Samsung Transform; and Sanyo ZIO.
Best when used with iOS 5.1 or later. Mobile devices running Android 2.3 or higher normally work, but have not all been tested and thus cannot be guaranteed by BodyMedia.
What's in the Box
BodyMedia LINK Armband, medium size strap, USB cable, manual and quick start guide.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 2 x 0.5 x 2 inches; 1.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 100792
- Batteries : 1 Lithium Ion batteries required.
- Date First Available : October 28, 2010
- Manufacturer : BodyMedia
- ASIN : B0049POHK6
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Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2014
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I am a Software engineer/architect who happens to be a partner and CEO of a Rich Interactive Adobe Content software company that creates Flash web applications for enterprise customers. (Flash is not dead, do you hear me Steve?!!). Without going into the driving philosophy behind our own company, let me say that if I purchase anything for myself that involves software, I am very careful and test the customer service as well as compare the software diligently before buying.
There are three main competitors in this market. Two of them are manufacturers or have manufacturer supplied devices, one is the Body Bug, and as I understand it, is a product supplied by 24 hour fitness. The other is the BodyMedia armband who procures their own, or manufactures it. [...] also uses the BodyMedia manufactured device for their fitness website. Looking at each of the devices closely reveals that they all look very similar and have probably been procured from a single device maker under different brands. That's just an opinion based on the way I know the electronics industry to work. The point behind all of this is that [...] must rely on body media to supply their devices with a compatible interface to their software system.
At the end of the day, it's not about the device, it's about the software that you choose to interact with over the web. My company designs software for use on the Web and for Android and iPhone applications. I can tell you that there are certain things you just don't want to do from your Smartphone at this time. Administering a complete fitness program is one of those things. Not unless you like to be frustrated. As some of the reviews point out, you need a robust Web application that allows you to integrate your meals, your activities, and any other information that helps you to pursue your goals in weight loss and fitness. That was my goal when researching which device to purchase. The simple question was who had the best Web application for me to use online?
I went out to the body bug site, and what did I find there? At body [...] I found a minimalist webpage with two buttons, one to buy from 24-hour fitness, and the other to buy from MyApex (a commodity name at best [masquerading through personalization]) which send you to the [...]. The Apex site has you looking all over the place for information on their software package. In the end I was unable to find anything of value on the User Interface, the features or the ease of use and reporting that was available.
Next, I switched to the 24 Hour fitness site. They have a couple of informative videos and you actually get to see someone demonstrate the web application for the device. However, one thing I noticed was that the marketing focus for the web app was on counting caloric burn in total. Of course it goes without saying that the main focus of these devices is to measure and report caloric burn. But I want to know more about what happens during my day and maybe how I can look at the parts of my day and the burn rate and see if there's something that I should change or improve on. The website did not give me the information I needed to make an informed decision for or against the Body Bug.
Searching the BodyMedia site resulted in an experience close to the other two sites above. Quite a bit of marketing on what the device does for you how it improves your life, and so on and so forth. In reading the company history, and doing a little extra research on the web, it appears that BodyMedia also makes the Body Bug. As all the claims for 90% accuracy are the same, the packaging the design the same, everything except for the color and branding are the same. Also 24-hour fitness and Apex are definitely not in the manufacturing business and BodyMedia is. But I again came across the same problems associated with the other two websites. I could not find any definitive examples explaining the Web application features that the BodyMedia device interfaces with.
Allow me to reiterate, the device is just a sensor. Sophisticated as it is, it's the data you're after, and the data presentation can make a difference in how you organize your lifestyle. Therefore, my interest is focused on, "How do I get to manipulate and mash up the data to suit my particular lifestyle and needs?" Granted I'm a bigger geek than most, but I'm also practical when it comes to cool stuff. It may be cool but am I really going to use it? Before I can answer that question I need more information than what was provided in any of the sites above.
The Dotfit website is definitely designed for more interactive marketing and presentation of the company's products. With very little effort you can find the Web application that you will be using, and you can sign up for a two week free period. After perusing the site for a time, I thought, okay, let's give it a test drive. I e-mailed support and expressed my most important evaluation factors, fantastic usability and flexibility in software development, and great customer service. Within 30 minutes I had an e-mail from Chad, who just happens to be the director of IT.
This was really nice, kind of like calling up the hotline and getting the President of a company to complain to... However, what it really says is that this is a lean company with a young staff who wears many hats. Having been around the block a few times, I can claim that this is a good thing and means that the company will step up and do everything it can to capture and convert customers (my apologies to those who might classify my terminology adversarial or divisive, capture and conversion rates are a common metric in online sales).
I replied in the affirmative, and since I had an idea floating around in my head I presented it, and asked him to pass it along to his marketing department, and by the next day I was signed up without having to do anything. Great customer service, and with that I could even forgive a not so good Web application! Thankfully though, I don't have to forgive a bad implementation of a web app. Because they have one of the best web apps I've seen. I say this because the technology they use allows them to build highly interactive features. Great choice of technology and it will take them well into the future.
So back to the original reason that I wrote this tome on these devices, when I'm really very busy and don't have the time. That is, I don't want anyone else to buy one of these Bluetooth devices thinking that they can use it for the [...] Web application. The Bluetooth version will not connect to any web application except BodyMedia.
Without boring you to death on the technical details, let me give you my opinion on why this is so. Manufacturers of hardware normally stick to just that, building good hardware. However, BodyMedia has decided to enter into the fitness market by supplying their own software in their own system, while selling to "partners" the devices in a branded or non-branded agreement. Again this is conjecture, but the fact that Body Bug has almost the exact same system as BodyMedia leads me to believe that they are willing to pay what we call a "white label" fee so that Body Bug can brand the same system that body media uses. If this is the case, maybe Dotfit isn't willing to pay the fee or doesn't follow lockstep with the direction BodyMedia wants to move in. Maybe it's a little of both.
Well, because of this mix-up, I called the Dotfit service because I couldn't get my device to hook up to my account. The first person I connected with was Chad and after a hearty greeting, we begin troubleshooting. After a few moments he asked me where I obtain the device and whether it was Bluetooth or not. That's where I learned my mistake. I am a loyal Amazon customer, and I will always come to Amazon before I purchase anything in a brick-and-mortar or on the web outside of Amazon. It's reviews that reveal the real world details the products and services. I wanted to buy from Amazon because of the customer service and prime shipping.
In closing, I'll summarize by saying it doesn't matter to me what device I'm buying, for in truth all of them are manufactured to the same specifications by the same company. It's the Web application that makes the difference. Being able to view my results on my smart phone is a low priority in comparison to get those results into a web app seamlessly and with little interaction on my part. The fact that both Body Bug and BodyMedia Smartphone apps do not talk to the Web application through the Smartphone, but act primarily as a display, tells me that they are in an interim stage at this point. In development, we normally build for the web, then build a subset of functionality for Android or iPhone use. In this case, what they have done is converted the digital readouts into a Bluetooth interface for your Smartphone. Just like a digital readout which does not connect to the Web application, neither does your Smartphone application. To me that's the fatal flaw for this app, and it's my opinion that they will replace it entirely as time moves forward.
I have boxed my purchase back up and am getting ready to return it, even though I have to pay some shipping to do so. There wasn't anything on the Amazon site or Dotfit site that indicated the incompatibility of the Bluetooth device with clarity. This is a great product, you just have to decide what software package you want to use to change your life with. I'm going with Dotfit for now. Thanks for reading.
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Turns out that the Windows-based USB sync tool works competently under VirtualBox on Linux. I'm using a bare Windows 7 guest, and the software provided by BodyMedia. I had to specifically bless the "BodyMedia Inc., Bodymedia Armband " device in the VM configuration, to smooth the detection of the device.
Web-based access to the Activity Manager website works fine from Linux+Chrome, even though the site claimed my browser was "unsupported" while I was creating my account. I can access the reports and enter foods manually, but this does not allow syncing.
The Bluetooth-based sync app works on my CyanogenMod-enabled Motorola Atrix 4G. It took a little bit of finicking around to make it work, since you have to push the button on the device to transmit (but only some of the time), and since the Android app doesn't provide any user-facing feedback about failed syncing attempts. (When it works, the Android app will show a green light and the word "Linked" in the lower right hand corner.) There doesn't seem to be anything different about using a CyanogenMod-enabled phone to sync with the device. But the Android app does not do a full sync of the data -- it just is a kind-of semi-realtime preview.
I'm still eagerly awaiting a Linux solution for syncing this device, but the VirtualBox-based USB sync (with the Android app to preview the data throughout the day) seems like it will be usable solution, and I'll be able to accomplish what I want to with this device. A more Linux-friendly solution would be much smoother, though.
I was using Loseit.com previously, and I'm already missing two features in the nutrition logging: 1) the ability to scan a bar-code using my cell phone camera and have the nutrition information from the label automatically loaded and 2) loseit's somewhat more extensive database of restaurant foods. If this were a free service, the advantages of using the data logger would easily outweigh these hassles, but since I'm going to be paying $7/mo for the service, I feel obligated to complain about this so that I get my money's worth.
All in all, I'm feeling that the device is as-advertised and will work for my purposes.
UPDATE: The Bluetooth sync isn't a real sync -- it doesn't actually upload the data to the Bodymedia Activity Manager. It just provides a kind of real-time preview, which is great for motivation throughout the day. You still need to plug the armband-sensor in to USB to be able to see the graphs in the Activity Manager, though, to get any graphs or any information that the Bodymedia device has logged about sleep. This is perfectly usable, and is probably the result of some sensible engineering decisions about battery life -- but it *is* a little clunky to have to sync it through USB to get the full story out of the device. A more complete version of the Fit Link firmware and Android app should do a full sync over Bluetooth when I push the button on the armband.
Here is my list of desired enhancements. Since I'm paying $7/mo for the ongoing website service, I feel like I'm entitled to ask for enhancements:
* Barcode scanning of food items in the smartphone app, similar to loseit.com's barcode sanner.
* Full syncing through Bluetooth and the smartphone app, including sleep. I should also be able to view the graphs in the smartphone app. It should do a full update when I press the button on the device.
* Linux sync support. Most of the application is web-based anyway, so the effort should be minimal -- just a python app that will download the data from the device and upload it to the RESTful API that Biomedia advertises on its website. I'll likely have the time to try my hand at writing an open source client about this time next year. There are a lot of Linux geeks and "quantified self" folks out there who love data, so this device could easily gain a devoted following outside of the traditional fitness community, if they played nice with the open source community. Also, Linux users tend to advocate for technology they like.
* Stress monitoring. Surely the galvanic skin sensor can measure stress too, somehow? As an office worker, the two biggest occupational hazards I face are lack of exercise and sustained long term stress. Being able to keep tabs on both in real time (and letting the machine keep score when I don't have the option to pay attention) would be another big building block in presenting a completely quantified real-time health picture back to me.
* Social features. The activity manager lets you post stuff to Facebook or whatever, but I only use Facebook for sharing baby pictures with my relatives, and I rarely log in voluntarily. Since some of my family members have been interested in the device, though, being able to compare success with a few carefully-chosen people in real time from inside the snartogibe app would be valuable. Loseit.com's smartphone app has a feature that provides some respectable competition here.
* A more realtime-like display "Dashboard" section of the Android app. I like to watch this when I'm doing something active-ish that isn't really a formal workout (as if I had time for a formal workout). I'll happily sacrifice some battery life for more realtime feedback. At the moment, the device seems to update no more than every 60 seconds. I'd prefer the device to send an update to my phone when events happen (say every 5 steps), every 10 minutes, or when I push the refresh button in the app (which should perform a full USB-equivalent sync). This should save the battery, while giving me the information that I really want when I need it.
* It's unclear in the Android's app GUI if the numbers were downloaded from your last sync, or directly from the armband. Since I typically sync via USB once a day, the numbers can be quite different.
* Integrated heart rate monitor. The quantities displayed by the Bodymedia Device are great proxies for activity/cardio -- and they are what I personally need the most. But I like data, and 23-hour-a-day heart rate data seems like it would be very interesting!
* My wife has the iPhone version of the app, which has features that Android version is missing. In particular, the iPhone version of the app can display the graphs. The Android app is perfectly useful -- but, if you're an Android user, you should know that Bodymedia considers you to be a second-class customer. I'm eagerly awaiting the next release of the Android app -- and for the same $7/mo subscription fee that the iPhone users pay, I feel like I'm entitled to the same smartphone app features that iPhone users get.
UPDATE2: I just purchased a second one of the Bodymedia FIT Link devices for my wife. I'm a computerman, and she's a researcher. We both like data, and if collecting data doesn't get us moving, nothing will. We also both grew up with video games, so we're used to seeing numbers changing on a screen as a "reward" for some sort of tedious activity -- like dieting and exercising.
UPDATE3: I've purchased a 3rd one for my mother, who likes the idea of having a ton of data and also an activity dashboard on her iPhone. Being able to make a formal exercise program out of gardening and walking to her favorite shops and social activities in the pedestrian-friendly town where she lives may be a big win for her.
UPDATE4: So far, the information provided by this device has kept me consistent and persistent in my attempts to loose weight. 6lbs in 3 weeks, so far, and I've arrived at my old plateau. Since the information from the Bodymedia tools have made it easy for me to run a calorie deficit and exercise consistently, I expect to push through that old plateau in the next few weeks. I'll update this review when that happens.
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