GoBe Automatic Body Managerby Healbe

  • GoBe Automatic Body Manager
  • GoBe Automatic Body Manager
  • GoBe Automatic Body Manager
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PROS

  • The GoBe represents an ambitious effort to measure calories along with the statistics generally tracked by smartwatches.
  • The GoBe is water resistant with the ability to track activity levels while you swim.
  • The manufacturer has issued a hardware update in the GoBe 1.2 and firmware updates to improve performance.

CONS

  • Although some people are delighted with the accuracy of calorie counts, others report erroneous results.
  • The watch itself is big and chunky, so some people (particularly women) find it hard to wear. You might have trouble accessing the many functions on the watch through its single control button.
  • Battery life is advertised at three days, but the battery often fades in one day. In the initial release, the charging port was hard to set up due to a cumbersome design, a fault corrected in the 1.2 version.
Healbe's controversial GoBe Automatic Body Manager is the first smartwatch aimed at counting how many calories you consume. The watch also monitors sleep, heart rate, pulse, steps, fluid intake, and overall activity. The GoBe includes a piezoelectric pressure sensor, accelerometer, and impedance sensor. Healbe developed a software algorithm that converts readings from the impedance sensor into calorie counts. In January 2016, Healbe introduced the GoBe 1.2, replacing the metal chassis with plastic, making the charging port more accessible, and swapping out the original accelerometer for a new one.
NameGoBe Automatic Body ManagerForerunner 235Apple Watch Series 2Activité SteelBlaze
ManufacturerHealbeGarminAppleWithingsFitbit
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While wearing the Healbe GoBe for over three weeks it did help me easily calculate my overall calorie intake and activity levels. I was able…

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