Robert is having issues with his FitBit reading correctly. He hears that it may be due to his tattoos. Is that true? Leo says it is a known problem with people who have tattoos on their wrists. Tattoos can cause the red light used to read your blood flow and heart rate to be inaccurate. There's a ring, called the Aura, or the Motiv, that can not only do the same but also track your sleep. Not cheap at around $200, but it's an option.
With everyone pretty much owning a smartphone now, Rich says the next great mobile frontier is accessories for mobile devices. Google knows this and they have bought fitness tracker FitBit for $2.1 Billion. More than they paid for YouTube. Rich also says that Google needs this because its Google WearOS Devices haven't really taken off as they should. And while Google says that they will never share your personal health data, he believes that Google will erode that promise over time. Information is what Google is into.
Joe recently had a heart attack, and now he's looking for a fitness tracker that also has a phone case that can hold medication. Any ideas? He's in the Android universe. Leo says that there are smartphone cases that do hold pills. Leo also uses wallet cases for his. Doctor Mom says that nitro pills have to be kept in a darkened, airtight vial. Here are a few from the chatroom -
Greg trains athletes and he's not a fan of the heart rate monitor of the Apple Watch. Leo says that nothing is going to beat a breast strap that monitors heart rate. But in time, maybe. The Watch is close accuracy wise, but it's not going to replace a Garmin for more serious, higher performance activity. His best bet is patience at this point. It's early days still. Give it time and it'll not only be more accurate, but it will have more features. Polar straps are supported by the Apple watch via Health Kit, however.
Eric is having trouble syncing his wife's Fitbit with her phone. Leo says that the Fitbit will use Bluetooth to sync to the phone with the Fitbit app. Eric will have to pair it. Then she can use her cellular data to upload her Fitbit data to her account. The Fitbit doesn't need Wi-Fi to work -- it just needs Bluetooth to connect to the phone.
Tom likes that the M7 processor lets him track his steps. Leo says that's a great feature and all modern smartphones can now do it. These phones are as good and as bad as a Fitbit. There's limitations just like anything.
Is there anything decent for health tracking? Leo says that the dirty secret of fitness bands is that they're just pedometers. That's all. There's a lot of hype with them. But they do encourage people to take that extra step.