Fake Fitness Gadgets Hitting the Market
When things become popular, you know there will be a knockoff eventually.
I’ve been¬†wearing¬†the¬†Jawbone UP for about five weeks now. The wearable fitness gadget tracks my steps taken,¬†distance¬†traveled,¬†and my sleep. The best part is the sleep. It’s interesting to know how well I’m sleeping and sometimes, how not-so-well. I’m a competitive¬†person, so I like that the bracelet¬†lets me¬†compete¬†(against¬†myself)¬†to make sure I sleep better every night and take more steps¬†every day. I started¬†wearing¬†the¬†bracelet¬†because¬†of a story we did in the May issue of Boston¬†magazine¬†on the¬†wearable¬†fitness trend. Now, I’m just sort of obsessed with my daily numbers. You plug it into your smartphone and it magically¬†transfers¬†all of the data into an easy-to-read app.
But there are a few¬†problems. First, it’s not sexy. I don’t find it very stylish, and I am¬†sometimes¬†embarrassed¬†to be wearing it. Do¬†people¬†know what it is? Do they think I am on a diet?¬†Second, I wish it tracked heart rate and had a GPS. Third, I’m not losing any weight. In fact, I’ve gained weight during the time I’ve been wearing it. But that could be more about the fact that I moved just steps from a Flour Bakery¬†and have a serious¬†chocolate¬†brownie addiction.¬†So whether or not these¬†wearable¬†fitness¬†gadgets¬†actually work, only time will tell. But due to their growing popularity, it was only a matter of time before there’d be knockoffs. Like the fake handbags and¬†fake Apple stores¬†before it, wearable fitness gadgets now have their own clones. This month, TechCrunch reported on the Codoon, Jawbone UP’s Chinese knockoff. It looks the same, has all the same¬†features,¬†and even Codoon’s website looks the same as Jawbone’s. So what’s the¬†difference? The price. The Codoon costs a third of what the Jawbone UP costs.
You be the judge. Do they look¬†eerily¬†similar to you? Condoon on the left, Jawbone on the right.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/05/23/fake-fitness-gadgets/