You may remember last year I was trialling the Fitbug Air, a device that tracked my steps and set me daily targets to achieve. Fitbug recently got in touch again and asked if I would test out their new device, the Fitbug Orb.
There are quite a few differences between the two models, but that will be a post for another day to compare the two when I have given the Orb a rigorous testing.
The Orb is available in either pink, black or white, and costs £49.95. Unlike the Air model, this is a one off price, and no subscription is needed, which immediately makes it more attractive to me.
You can choose to wear your Orb either as a watch, on a lanyard or on a clip that attaches to your waist line, or other area of clothing. My most comfortable position has been wearing it as a watch, but I don’t have a watch that I wear every day. If you do then you wouldn’t choose this option without it feeling odd.
When I first opened the box and gathered everything together, I couldn’t for the life of me work out how to insert the battery. Thankfully a quick search on the website, and I worked out that you just need a coin to twist the back plastic disc every so slightly to open the cover. It deceives you as you twist as you would to tighten something, rather than loosen something, but there must be logic behind that somewhere.
I have since learned that I wasn’t the only person having trouble opening their Orb for the first time to insert the battery.
Set up and ready to go, I followed the instructions in the manual provided to sync my Orb with my mobile phone, and then to the website. You will need a compatible mobile phone to get full use from this product so check before purchasing. The majority of the up to date models are fine however.
Phone synced with bluetooth on, and I was ready to go. It’s worth remembering that when you start using the Orb, the website will not set you any daily targets. I imagine they are using the first few days to judge each person and their activity level.
Immediately, I could see on my Orb that I wasn’t able to see the number of steps like I could on the Air. I wasn’t sure if I liked this idea to start with, but actually, it’s nice not to keep looking every couple of seconds and just to get on with your day.
Button functions – press once = sync with app – press three times = sleep mode activated
This was a typical day at the office. A 9-5 shift sat at my desk a lot of the day. The grey colour shows that I didn’t achieve target the website set for me.
Green is good, it means that I have achieved the number of steps set by the website.
Pink means I’ve exceeded my target. If you also look on the left hand side of each picture, you’ll notice that the aerobic steps in the bottom picture is showing as blue. This means I have exceeded my target for aerobic steps. Aerobic activity is tracked on the Orb when you are moving for ten minutes or more at a time. My target above was achieved by walking to school.
When I was asked to review the Orb, the feature I was most intrigued by was the ability the Orb has to track your sleep activity. I couldn’t wait to test this feature out.
Wearing the Orb as a watch I find it the most comfortable way to wear at night. The clip can dig into your skin and the lanyard really isn’t a safe way to wear at all.
The first few nights, I didn’t manage to activate my Orb correctly for sleep pattern tracking, but once I got the hang of it, it tracks me each night. This happens when you press the one and only button on the Orb three times and it flashes back at you in recognition.
This function will automatically stop once the Orb has registered you moving 50 steps, so it will automatically “wake up” in the morning with you.
This is an over view from one night. It shows the time I went to sleep (the Orb stopped tracking), and the time I woke up and walked 50 steps to stop the sleep mode.
This shows the times I woke up and for how long I was awake before going back to sleep. To me waking all those times doesn’t tell me I had 97% quality sleep. I guess I toss and turn a lot at night!
This has been a brief insight to my first ten days with the Orb. It’s a regular part of my day without me thinking about it, but I am looking forward to testing out more of it’s qualities and functions over the next few weeks. It’s worth mentioning right now that if you do additional exercise such as cycling, or in the gym away from anything with a step by step motion, then it would appear these exercises need to be manually added on via your website account.
Disclosure – I received the Orb free of charge but all opinions are my own
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