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The battle of the connected bracelets – the data battle

4 Jan

During 2 week, I wore both bracelets (the UP3 and the Shine) at the same arm and compared the results.
The aim of my little game is to find the one which will give be the most accurate data.

Let’s analyse the data.
I decided to get my lunch and walked to the take-away for some Japanese and Korean food.
I took me 39 minutes (I had to queue), and I walked 1,54km (so says Runtastic, free app, a GPS-app).

The Shine says 1,3km for 1.870 steps and 97 burn calories.
The Up3 says (thanks to the Runtastic GPS-app), 1,54km for 1.631 steps and 190 burn calories.

Runtastic gives the right information regarding the distance and the path I followed. There’s a discrepancy of steps between both devices: 14,65% more steps with the Shine vs the Up3, for 15,59% less distance between the Up3 and Shine.

Walking activity is the easiest to track, then when you start practicing sport it will depend on the algorithm (an algorithm is a self-contained step-by-step set of operations to be performed. Algorithms exist that perform calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning) used by your connected device and how it will crunch the data.

The sleeping datas are the ones that interest me the most.

Here’s last night in data,
The Up3 says

  • I went to bed at 11:30pm, played on my iPhone and fell asleep at 12:22pm
  • my night was split between Deep Sleep (2h52m), Light Sleep (3h48m), REM Sleep 1h43m), Awake for 1h41m
  • I woke up 4 times
  • cherry on the cake, the Up3 give me the heart beat during my Zz (72bpm)

For the Shine,

  • I went to bed at 11:42pm
  • and my night is split between Restfull Sleep (4h36m) and Light Sleep (3h46m)
  • the Shine didn’t see that I woke up 4 times in the night, nor that I was playing with my phone before sleeping …

To sum up, it’s like the recipe of the Coca-Cola, you guess what’s inside but can’t make the same.

For the connected devices it’s the same, every one creates its very own algorithm and produces its own data. Whatever brand you use should give you the same trend though and that’s what I see with my Up3 and Shine.

Actually, now, the battle is somewhere else: moving away from the recreational connected devices as we know them to the Medical Grade Devices because at the end of the day, you want to perform better during the day and improve your health … story to be continued.


the Up3 by Jawbone vs the Shine from Misfit

Don’t forget to read “The Battle of the Connected Bracelets


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