Nike today updated their long-standing FuelBand app to offer integration with Apple's Health app and services. In the process, the FuelBand app also dropped what has long been a requirement for the app to function: the Nike FuelBand itself. Accordingly, the app is now just "Nike+ Fuel".
As the industry tries to figure out what Apple has planned in the burgeoning wearables market, some pieces are falling into place. Apple recently hired Jay Blahnik, who worked on Nike's FuelBand wearable, and now the company has reportedly hired Ben Shaffer, who was Studio Director of Nike's Innovation Kitchen with strong ties to the FuelBand as well, according to 9to5Mac.
The Nike Fuelband is just one of a growing number of wearable activity trackers, and the idea behind them is really great. You put it on, and just forget about it, and it does its thing and tracks your daily physical activity. Better still, keep one on at night and some can detect sleep patterns. It's pretty impressive, and says a lot about wearable tech. But, as Michael Grothaus at Fast Company points out, it can detect and inform a lot more than that: