I think this data health tech, while not completely mature yet--I've had both the Fuelband for well over a year and now the Up band for several months and I concur that it isn't completely mind blowing--is improving pretty rapidly. My sense is that the correlation between fuel points (I.e. Data) and activity will get better as new sensors are added and the custom training part will get more intelligent as the learning algorithms improve and there's more data to work with. Personally, I'm stoked for a health coach to start getting my ass off the couch more. :-D
There are two traps in what I hear you saying Tom and Ron. One is that we can do it without technology, so why bother. Well, not everyone (clearly) can do an hour of yoga a day for 15 years. If the number of people who could was increased due to enabling technologies, why not? The other problem is with mistaking the early limitations of a technology with what that technology is becoming. People are constantly underestimating technologies potential based on early prototypes or versions--look at the haranguing Google Glass is getting now and how easily people are discounting wearables, even though they're in a completely nascent phase. Imagine judging the potential of smartphone technology based on the early palm pilots...
Anyway, just some additional thoughts at 3:36
am. I wonder if my Up Band is tracking this as sleep? ;)