I recently purchased a Multisport Fitness Watch, otherwise known as an activity tracker, a wearable device, a smartwatch, and/ or a biosensor.
The specific watch I purchased is the Garmin fenix 5 and I didn’t link to it because I hope that will communicate my earnestness in reviewing this and other wearable devices. This is my first feature (and my first wearable device experience) but to be clear: I am not getting paid for this or for any of the reviews or features I plan to cover in the future.
This Wearable Insights series is my exploration of the new Era we are approaching in which technology is merging with physiology and psychology.
The Garmin fenix 5
Side note: I doubt they would even want to pay me because I am highly critical by nature and while I am impressed by the watch in general (more on that later) you will find that I am happy to point out some of the watch’s flaws.
First things first, let’s review the Privacy and Data Control Policy.
I know what you’re about to do and my advice is: don’t do it.
Think, for a moment, about what you’re doing when you purchase a wearable device. Yes, they come in little cute watch and band forms and have innocent looking apps that let you share progress and compete with your friends- all of this is true and great. But, and this is a huge but, remember that the little watch you’re holding has a biosensor underneath it and once you place that sensor on your skin you’re giving your internal physiological data to a commercial company -for free I might…