I’ve been using a Fitbix Flex for years. I somehow managed to lose the wristband while the Flex (which fits inside the wristband) was charging, the other day. I suspect the more lunatic of our cats stole it. I was annoyed for a few minutes, after having spent ten minutes looking for the damned thing. And then I realised I didn’t care, beyond the irritation of losing a thing that cost me a few quid which thereby rendered an ageing device useless to me.
Quantification was a thing I was interested in. I wanted to discover the exact shape of my sedentary lifestyle and sort my sleep patterns out. I achieved that a long time ago, and kept wearing the thing out of habit and to capture outlier situations. I enjoyed the haptic alert of passing my daily step goal. I could at least get data out of it.
I wear a Pebble Time Steel. It has a step counter. But I can’t get the data out of it and on to a web service. Just like I can’t get my data out of Bandcamp through an RSS feed I can turn to any use. Connection services like IFTTT are focussing on the Internet Of Things, because, apparently, the internet is less valuable as an aide-memoire than it is as a way to force lightbulbs to work properly. I’m trying to find an iPhone email app that is half as good as Mailbox, which just shut down for reasons I don’t comprehend. Here’s a quant fact: the online space is measurably dumber than it was two years ago.