Is the Naked Fitness Tracker Worth the Wait?

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Last Updated on July 2, 2016 by Michael Brockbank

Would you like to have a 3D scan of your body to help you lose weight? How about if this scan could help you focus on key areas for working out each week? That’s what the Naked fitness tracker promotes. I came across the product purely by chance, and it seems like a nice tool to have. That is, until I saw the price tag and the delivery date.

What is the Naked Fitness Tracker?

This unit is a scale and mirror combination that not only measures your weight but your body as well. As it processes your dimensions while standing in front of this mirror, it inputs the data into your smartphone. At this point, you can see a large number of metrics about the areas you should focus on. You can also watch your progress over a time-lapse recording.

I’m a strong advocate of using measurements as well as scales. This is because muscle weighs more than fat, and you could be discouraged if your scale says your not losing much. Measurements will tell a different story. Fat will dissolve quickly from the arms, legs and waistline, which is why you should take regular measurements of various body points. Anyway, if this product is as accurate as the manufacturer claims, it may be a nice investment.

A Bit of Computing Power

The Naked fitness tracker utilizes the Intel quad-core Atom X5 to process its data. Loaded with 2GB of memory and an 8GB flash storage unit, it should operate smoothly. Although it’s not as impressive as most tablets, it’s the sensors in the mirror that give it the most allure.

The scale is a turntable that rotates the user in front of the mirror. When its battery gets low, you slide the base up against the mirror. This is a wireless charging device that keeps the entire unit ready for each use.

Not for the Cheap of Heart

One of the things that discourages me from buying into the Naked fitness tracker is the overall price tag. Original price is $999 with a $50 shipping fee. Now, I know there are a lot of people that can afford more than $1,000 for a piece of fitness equipment. Unfortunately, I can’t. However, I can see how it could be a valuable tool for getting into better shape. I’m not disputing that fact.

The most expensive piece of fitness equipment I’ve ever purchased is my XBox 360. For the most part, I don’t believe in spending hundreds of dollars for something that’s only going to be used for a couple of months. I know myself too well, and I am fairly sure this unit would collect more dust than data.

Ships in 2017!?!

The primary concern I have is that this bad boy won’t be shipped until March of 2017. Seeing how it’s July 2, 2016, that’s just a bit long to be waiting for a piece of fitness equipment. If all goes well, I’ll be at my goal weight long before March. A lot can happen in eight months, and I’d rather not have a thousand dollars tied up into something I probably won’t need.

Although it’s true that the bulk of what you owe won’t be due until it’s shipped, it’s still a chunk of change that I’m not sure I’ll have readily available next year. For me, this is just too long to wait for something that I might just forget about.

Practicality of Using the Naked Fitness Tracker

As someone who is working on reshaping his body, I can see the overall value of having something like the Naked fitness tracker in the house. It would be nice to have an idea of what areas I could work on and my progress over time. I am all about the data. If I had the money, and it was immediately available, I might consider buying one. I suppose for someone who makes more than $25,000 a year this would be a good purchase.

If the Naked fitness tracker was available in stores today, I would probably still scoff at the price. This is only because I am poor folk and can think of far better things to do with a thousand extra dollars. For instance, I’d buy the XBox One Kinect and most of it’s motion-sensing games. But that’s me.

What do you think? Would something like this fit in your household or is a smart-scale, which you can pick up for one-tenth the price, everything you need for fitness? I doubt I would own one of these Naked units in the future, but they are pretty cool.

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