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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

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The new Health app from Apple provides a conduit to run all of your health data through on an iOS device in order to then provide you with a single pane of glass to see all of your health related data. This can include diet, workouts, weight, blood pressure, etc, provided that the vendors of such devices or apps you may use support those features. The Nike Running app (not yet for the Fuelband) is one such app. And if you track runs with Nike Running then you’ll want to setup the integration asap, as the Health app only looks at runs that are configured after you setup the integration. To integrate the app into Health (and therefore showcase what Health can do) we’ll simply upgrade it and do so real quick. The first step is to upgrade the Nike+ Running app. To do so, open the App Store, tap on Updates and find the Nike+ Running app. Here, tap Update and provide your password. IMG_1717 When the app is finished updating, open it. You should be prompted on the first open after the update to setup Health Access. Here, use the sliders for each of the items you’d like to sync to Health. These include your NikeFuel (the fuel points obtained per run), the Workouts and, if you have a device that tracks Heart Rate, whether or not the Running app can access that Heart Rate data. Tap Done when you’re satisfied with your settings. IMG_1713 From within the Health app, you can then see what Health reads from and writes to the NikeFuel app. Open the Health app, tap on Fitness and then NikeFuel. Here, you can change the settings that were previously configured. IMG_1714 The NikeFuel entry will then start to sync with your Nike account. Tapping on NikeFuel in the Health app provides you the option to Show on Dashboard, which is the first screen of your Health app. Toggle this to enable the option. IMG_1715 Once enabled, you can see stats from your Nike Running app on the dashboard in Health. The data is then useable by other apps that can also integrate with Health, provided you allow it. IMG_1716 When the next run is synchronized, you should see data from the run populate the NikeFuel entry on the dashboard. The FuelBand, Nike Basketball and Nike Training Club apps have not been integrated into Health. But when they are, I’ll try and remember to come back and update this article.  

November 1st, 2014

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The FuelBand SE has way more Nike+ Trophies than the original FuelBand had. Since I keep having to hover over things in the nikeplus.nike.com
  • Water – Beat your daily goal by 50%
  • Ice – Double your daily goal
  • Fire – Beat your daily goal by 150%
  • Rainbow – Triple your daily goal
  • Supernova – Quadruple your daily goal
  • Alpine – Earn 8,000 Nike Fuel in a day
  • Arctic – Earn 10,000 Nike Fuel in a day
  • Volcanic – Earn 15,000 Nike Fuel in a day
  • Galactic – Earn 20,000 Nike Fuel in a day
  • Streak Week – Hit your daily goal 7 days in a row
  • Fortnight – Hit your daily goal 14 days in a row
  • 30/30 Club – Hit your daily goal 30 days in a row
  • Half Century – Hit your daily goal 50 days in a row
  • Century Streak – Hit your daily goal 100 days in a row
  • Every Damn Day – Hit your daily goal for a full year
  • Perfect Day – Earn 2700 Nike Fuel in a day and win 16 hours
  • Great 8 – Win 8 hours in a day
  • Supersonic – Earn 18 Nike Fuel per minute for 30 minutes straight
  • New You – Hit your daily goal on New Year’s Day
  • Noisemaker – Hit your daily goal on New Year’s Eve
  • Birthday Treat – Hit your daily goal on your birthday
  • Year of the NikeFuel – Hit your daily goal on Chinese New Year
  • Cupid’s Arrow – Hit your daily goal on Valentine’s Day
  • Time Machine – Hit your daily goal on 3/9/14
  • Cinco de Fuelo – Hit your daily goal on Cinco de Mayo
  • Star Spangled – Hit your daily goal on July 4th
  • Trick or Treat – Hit your daily goal on Halloween
  • Gobble Gobble – Hit your daily goal on Thanksgiving
Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 9.36.25 AMScreen Shot 2014-02-04 at 9.36.46 AM Awards unlocked at point levels (number of Nike Fuel required to unlock in parenthesis):
  • Wake Up Call (10,000) – Earn 1,500 Nike Fuel from 3am to 7am
  • Top 10 (10,000) – Win 10 hours in a day
  • Afternoon Burst (25,000) – Earn 1,500 from 2pm to 5pm
  • Hypersonic (25,000) – Earn 18 Nike Fuel per minute for 30 minutes 5 times from Monday through Sunday
  • Double Threat (50,000) – Complete 2 Nike sessions during a weekend
  • Late Shift (50,000) – Earn 1,500 Nike Fuel from 10pm to 1am
  • Hydro Speed (75,000) – Earn 28 Nike Fuel per minute for 40 straight minutes
  • Lunch Break (75,000) – Earn 1,500 Nike Fuel from 11am to 1pm
  • Player of the Week (100,000) – Win 8 hours per day for 7 straight days
  • Green Machine (100,000) – Earn 5,000 Nike Fuel per day for 7 days straight
  • Five-Timer (150,000) – Complete 5 Nike+ sessions
  • Red Eye (150,000) – Earn 2,000 Nike Fuel from 3am to 7am
  • Party Animal (200,000) – Earn 2,000 Nike Fuel from 10pm to 1am
  • Sonic Boom (200,000) – Earn 18 Nike Fuel per minute for 30 minutes from Monday through Sunday
  • Power Lunch (300,000) – Earn 2,000 Nike Fuel from 11am to 1pm
  • Heavy Hitter (300,000) – Earn 6,000 Nike Fuel per day from Monday through Sunday
  • Race Speed (400,000) – Earn 28 Nike Fuel per minute for 50 minutes
  • Mighty Monday (400,000) – Earn more Nike Fuel on a Monday than ever before
  • Full on 14 (500,000) – Win 14 hours in a day
  • Sharp Shooter (500,000) – Earn 7,000 Nike Fuel a day for 7 straight days
  • All Star of the Week (600,000) – Win 10 hours a day for 7 straight days
  • Light Speed (600,000) – Earn 28 Nike Fuel every minute for 60 straight minutes
  • Super Seven (700,000) – Complete 7 Nike+ Sessions in a week
  • Afternoon Rush (700,000) – Earn 2,000 Nike Fuel between 2pm and 5pm
  • Power Hour (800,000) – Earn 2,000 Nike Fuel in an hour
  • Tremendous 12 (800,000) -Win 12 hours in a day
  • Super Power Hour (900,000) – Earn 2,500 Nike Fuel in an hour
  • MVP of the week (900,000) – Win 12 hours a day for 7 straight days
  • Champion of the Week (1,000,000) – Win 14 hours a day for 7 straight days
  • Hot Shot (1,000,000) – Earn 8,000 Nike Fuel per day from Monday through Sunday

February 7th, 2014

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I’ve been using a FuelBand on and off for about a year. I upgraded to the newer FuelBand SE as soon as it became available, and immediately noticed that Nike built a bunch of new badges in for users of the newer devices. As you obtained more Fuel, you can unlock the ability to earn these ever increasingly difficult to earn badges. But, I noticed something kinda’ strange. Not all of the badges were available to me that should be. In fact, only a few badges were available. But, as I continued to obtain more Fuel, all the new badges unlocked. All of the badges from the Nike Running app were available. Upon further inspection it turned out that the only ones of the new FuelBand SE badges available were those that required the number of Fuel that I’d had when I got my first FuelBand. Basically, a loop where you need 1,000,000 plus the total that a badge is supposed to be unlocked at in order to unlock the badge. Screen Shot 2013-12-08 at 4.12.18 PM Seeing a bug and a phone number for support on my Nike+ account, I called Nike. They were very nice and didn’t make fun of me for bothering to call them about something so trivial as badges from their app. The guy who answered the phone was very nice. I have to admit, I was totally surprised that there was someone on the other end of the phone to help me deal with an app issue. Then, today (about a week later) I received this email, restating the problem I explained to them:
Hi Charles, We have researched this issue a little further and I believe we have determined what is going on here. I appreciate your patience while we looked into this! Any trophies or milestones earned before the update on November 1st, such as the 500k NikeFuel milestone, are not awarded retroactively. This means that though you are nearly to 1 million NikeFuel, you have only earned 700k and above. Fortunately, you can start earning these earlier milestones again after you hit 1 million NikeFuel. It looks to me like those should be unlocked for you very soon. This is definitely expected behavior, and I am glad to determine that things are working correctly for you. Please let me know if there is anything else that I can help you with, Charles.
Holy crap, they actually bothered to research my utterly trivial issue. So I guess if you ask Nike phone support, this is a feature. But, I still kinda’ think it’s a bug. Reason I think that is because Fuel added to my account by the Nike+ Running app since I started using my FuelBand actually contributes towards my ability to unlock new badges. And it’s not like absolutely none of the Fuel from before works, just not a lot of it. I’m sure there’s a field in SQL that’s not in use until you use a FuelBand and it keeps a running total. Makes sense from a database standpoint. It’s not a big deal, and the whole point of this stuff is to be more healthy, so it’s not like I’m going to stop when I hit a million Fuel at some point this week anyway. The whole purpose behind this post is to actually express my gratitude that there was someone at Nike on the other end of the phone to support of all things an app they make available for free (granted, you need a FuelBand to basically take any use out of it but there’s a whole ecosystem of apps and you don’t actually need any of their products to use them). I am constantly impressed by the folks at Nike for the little things just like this. Thanks ya’ll!

December 10th, 2013

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