I bought a fitness tracker — one that tracked my steps, measured my heart rate and calories burned — at the height of the Fitbit and Jawbone craze, but you know where it sits now? On my bathroom vanity.
I do still wear it for weeks at a time, but once I forget to put it on after a shower, then it snowballs into weeks, or even months, without knowing if I hit my step count or kept my cardio within the fat-burning zone.
Kind of a waste, but I’m hardly the only person who does it. In fact, a 2014 study found that only one in 10 people who own a fitness tracker actually wear it.
That’s why Jawbone CEO Hosain Rahman touted ingestibles, the new type of fitness tracker that you swallow, during a talk given at the Code/Mobile Conference in California. It’s good business, since these wearable technology companies need to sustain themselves, but these types of trackers have the potential to keep us in the loop with everything going on in our bodies. The concepts range from the simple — like measuring gut bacteria — to weird Big Brother-esque integrations with your home technology to adjust your thermostat when it senses your body is too hot or cold.
Of course, these ingestible trackers are still very much in the concept stages. It’s not really that far-fetched, though, given that the world now has a smart menstrual cup that will text you information about your period.
“The ultimate goal is to help people live longer, live healthier, have lower medical costs — and that’s the holy grail,” Rahman said.
And while it is a little unsettling to think about someone being able to hack into our bodies via these trackers, it might be worth it just to have a longer, healthier life.