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As with many a wearable that tracks movement, running and the such, the Apple Watch comes with… Badges. Wait, no, they’re called Trophies. No, crap, sorry, they’re called Achievements. You could just call them gamification incentives. Either way, they’re nice, they’re modern, and to me they’re a little bit more meaningful than some of the others that I’ve seen out there. As with the Fitbit, there aren’t a ton of Achievements to be had (for example, as compared to the Fuelband, which has dozens and dozens of them). There is a unique twist with the Apple Watch Achievements in that many are deferred until you’ve used the device for a few days, a few workouts or a few weeks. This way, you get a little bit of a baseline before you start breaking your own records. One of the smarter innovations, albeit a minor one – shows how much thought was put into minor details on these devices. Another interesting twist is that it primarily uses active calories, rather than just looking at all calories expended. Another twist I like a lot. So here’s how they work. Use the Activity app on the watch to track your progress. IMG_3576 When you hit an achievement, the watch tells you. IMG_3604 Use the Activity app on your iPhone to see the status of your achievements. Pretty simple. IMG_3630 Here’s a list of all of them, straight out of the Activity app:
  • First Running Workout: Awarded on your first run using the Workout app on your Apple Watch.
  • Workout Record: Awarded after the 5th calorie-based sessions with the Workout app when you hit a new record.
  • 7-Workout Week: Earned after doing at least 7 fifteen minute workouts in a single week.
  • New Record: Set a new personal record for most calories burned in a day after your first 10 days using the Apple Watch.
  • New Award: Set a new personal record for most exercise in a day after your first 10 days using the Apple Watch.
  • Move Goal 200%: If you double your daily move goal, you get this cool achievement. (awarded once)
  • Move Goal 300%: If you triple your daily move goal, you get this swanky badge, er, I mean achievement. (awarded once)
  • Move Goal 400%: If you quadruple your daily move goal, you get this award and simultaneously prove that your move goal is way too low!
  • New Move Goal: Earn your Move Goal for the first time. The easiest achievement to hit. Just hit your goal once!
  • Perfect Week (Exercise): Hit your exercise goal concurrently, every day from Monday to Sunday.
  • Perfect Week (Stand): By default, your stand goal is to stand for 10 minutes an hour for 12 hours in a day.
  • Perfect Week (Move): Hit that move goal every day from Monday to Sunday.
  • Perfect Week (All Activity): Hit all three goals from Monday to Sunday. And keep in mind. These four goals are not 7 days concurrently, but those 7.
  •  Perfect Month: Hit your goal every day from the 1st through the end of a month. Not 30 concurrent, but every day in a month.
  • Longest Move Streak: Make a new streak for concurrently hitting your move goal.
  • 100 Move Goals: Pretty cool to hit your move goal 100 times!
  • 365 Move Goals: This is similar to the Every Damn Day Trophy with a FuelBand. Except that you don’t have to hit your goal concurrently, just a total of 365 times. But you should totally go for concurrency.
  • 500 Move Goals: You get this bad boy when you hit your move goal total 500 times.
  • 1000 Move Goals: We probably won’t see anyone with this achievement for a long time. But this one means that you have hit your move goal 1000 times. Not concurrently, just total.
I’ll make this into a page accessible in a nav bar, available at here. I also have lists of FitBit and Nike badges, if you’d like to see how the three platforms stack up.

May 10th, 2015

Posted In: Apple Watch, Wearable Technology

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You waited. And you tapped your fingers on the desk. And you sat and waited some more, for the UPS person. You stared at your mailbox. And then, after all of that, UPS showed up. And you signed. And then you had that box in your hands. The cardboard box, when opened, gave way to a sweet white box. You opened it by pulling the little tag off, and then you pulled the watch out of the box. You tried on the two bands. And you picked the one that fit you the best. So now what? Turn on the watch by hitting the button on the side and watch that beautiful Apple logo light up the screen. But now you need to pair the watch with your phone for it to be useable. So what to do? Well, first of all, make sure your phone is updated to the latest and greatest version of iOS. From there, open the Apple Watch app on the iPhone. IMG_3471 The app will prompt you to start pairing a watch with the phone. You can only pair one watch with an iPhone. Tap the Start Pairing button. When prompted, line up the screen on the watch with the image and the outline. IMG_3472 Wait for the watch to complete pairing and then tap the Set Up Apple Watch button. IMG_3473 You’ll then be prompted for which wrist to put the watch on. I used my dominant wrist, so right. IMG_3474 You’ll then be prompted to accept the Terms and Conditions (aka license agreement) from Apple. Tap Agree. IMG_3475 Tap Agree again. IMG_3476 Next, when prompted for the Apple ID to use, if you’d like to use an Apple ID with the watch, provide the password for that Apple ID using the Enter Password button, or use the Skip This Step option to skip the Apple ID. IMG_3477 At the Location Services screen, tap OK. This is really just informational to let you know that Location Services will be used. It’s kinda’ necessary to use the watch properly. IMG_3478 At the Siri screen, again, you’re informed that Siri will be used. Tap OK. IMG_3479 At the Diagnostics screen, same thing. You’re informed that diagnostics will be supplied to Apple. Tap OK. IMG_3480 At the Apple Watch Passcode screen, choose whether you’d like to use a passcode on the watch. I’m not a fan of using a passcode on the watch; however, you will have to use one if you want to use Apple Pay on the watch. Tap Create a Passcode to set one up now and then provide the passcode you’d like to use. IMG_3481 The Apple Watch will sync apps and show glances from apps that are on the phone. Tap Install All to go ahead and install any Apple Watch apps on the device. You can always turn them off later. Or you can tap Choose Later to go ahead and complete setup and wait until later to set up the watch and finish apps setup later. I’d recommend using Install All and then turn off the ones you don’t want later. IMG_3482 Then the watch will start syncing with your devices. At the Apple Watch Is Syncing screen, wait. Don’t do anything else or get the watch too far from the phone or you’ll have to start over from scratch. IMG_3483 The watch looks like this while it’s syncing. IMG_3484 Once the watch is finished syncing, use the My Watch app to sync apps, show glances, setup Apple Pay and configure which built-in apps are shown on the device. IMG_3508 The next and most important aspect of your new Apple Watch is to use it and love it. Go for a run, sync some apps, enjoy the hell out of your new watch. It’s great. Now, get to it!

May 9th, 2015

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