BodyMedia Fit CORE Armband Review

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Weight loss is a demanding uphill battle. Those that have made the journey once, twice, or more times can tell you that a strict regimen of physical activity is not everything. Actively monitoring your calorie intake and burn in addition to daily activity and sleep habits will go a long way to increasing your chances of success. Most fitness monitors don't offer a complete enough picture of one's progress towards their goal of fitting into an old pair of jeans or preparing for a grueling triathalon. Enter the BodyMedia Fit CORE Armband.

Overview

Your body talks. We listen.

The BodyMedia FIT system gives you highly accurate information on activity, calories and sleep patterns – the most accurate in the market. Clinical study results show it can improve weight loss up to 3x!

BodyMedia FIT is an on-body monitoring system that consists of the BodyMedia FIT Armband monitor, online Activity Manager*, an optional Display and free downloadable apps for mobile device users. BodyMedia FIT Armbands automatically track the calories burned during your daily activities — from pumping iron to using an iron — and monitor the quality of your sleep, an important factor in weight loss. The information tracked can easily be managed with BodyMedia's online Activity Manager. Add in the easy-to-use food log and you have the right information to improve your weight loss.

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Size and Weight

  • Length: 65mm (2.6")
  • Width: 40mm (1.57")
  • Height: 17.2mm (0.67")
  • Weight: 16g (0.6oz)

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Materials

Armband

  • ABS
  • Polycarbonate
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • 304 grade stainless steel

Adjustable strap/wing assembly

  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Lycra (no latex content) or polyisoprene
  • Polycarbonate
  • Thermoplastic polyurethane
  • Silicone

 

Battery and Memory

  • Battery type: Internal lithium polymer cell battery
  • Battery power: about 4-6 days based upon individual use
  • Charge time: approximately 3 hours
  • Memory capacity: about 14 days under steady use

 

Accuracy

System

  • Total calories/METs for free living activities: mean error < 10%
  • Total minutes of physical activity: mean error < 5%
  • Total step count: mean error < 9% British Journal of Sports Medicine, July 2010

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Accelerometer (3-axis)

  • Calibrated range is +/- 1.0g
  • The minimum resolution is 0.01g
  • Two-standard-deviation error of +/- 0.08g on all axes

Heat Flux

  • Calibrated range is 0.0 W/m2 to 300.0W/m2
  • A minimum resolution of 1.0W/m2
  • Two-standard-deviation error of +/- 10.0W/m2 to 30W/m2
  • Two-standard-deviation error of +/- 35.0% otherwise

Galvanic Skin Response

  • Calibrated range is 56k Ohms to 20M Ohms (50.0 nSiemens – 17.0 µSiemens)
  • Two-standard-deviation error of +/- 9.0 nSiemen. 50 to 255 nSiemens
  • Two-standard-deviation error of +/- 4.0% otherwise

Skin Temperature

  • Calibrated range is 20.0°C to 40.0°C
  • A minimum resolution of 0.05°C
  • Two standard deviation error of +/- 0.8°C

 

Environmental Requirements

  • Water resistance: IPx4 classified
  • Operating temperature/humidity: 5°C to +40°C (40°F to 104°F) / 5 - 95% RH non-condensing
  • Storage temperature/humidity: -20°C to +60°C (-4°F to 140°F) / 5 - 95% RH noncondensing

 

Package Includes

  • BodyMedia FIT CORE Armband
  • BodyMedia Armband Strap
  • USB Cable
  • Manual & QuickStart

 

System Requirements

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PC Requirements

  • PC with USB Port
  • Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit)
  • 256 MB RAM or higher
  • Internet access (high-speed strongly recommended)
  • User with administrative rights to computer
  • Internet Explorer version 7.0, 8.0, or 9.0 Google Chrome versions 11.x or 12.x, or Firefox version 3.6 or 4.0
  • Internet Settings: allow cookies, pop-ups and JavaScript
  • Required Plug Ins: FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader and FREE Adobe Flash Player

Mac Requirements

  • Mac with USB Port
  • Mac OS X v10.5 or Mac OS X v10.6 on the Intel platform
  • 256 MB RAM or higher
  • Internet access (high-speed strongly recommended)
  • User with administrative rights to computer
  • Safari 4.0 or 5.x
  • Internet Settings: allow cookies, pop-ups and JavaScript
  • Required Plug Ins: FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader and FREE Adobe Flash Player

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# Tatum 2012-05-09 12:09
What's great about the BodyMedia FIT armband is that it does provide you nearly complete picture of what you need in order to reach your fitness and health goals.

Once you plug in your BodyMedia into your computer, their display is impressive. You get a complete visual of your progress, your goals and what you need to do to reach them.