Nike (NYS: NKE) finally has me by the wrist.

The Nike+ FuelBand hit the market yesterday, and I was fortunate enough to get in on one of the limited preorders that the athletic footwear and apparel giant held in anticipation of Wednesday's release.

A $149 bracelet may seem like a ludicrous indulgence, but the high-tech wristband does more than you probably think.

The mobile health gadget records daily physical activity through a three-axis accelerometer, measuring steps taken, calories burned, and a proprietary metric called Nike Fuel. The latch doubles as a USB port for easy charging, and the device syncs with Apple (NAS: AAPL) iPhones through Bluetooth for the detailed tracking that's also available through Nike's own website.

The goal is to encourage a more active lifestyle by encouraging vigorous activities. Why take the elevator when you're just two flights of stairs away? Join your neighbors in that elusive game of hoops. Drive to the multiplex that's five blocks away? Bah!

I'm bummed to learn that I burned just 47 calories in the past hour, but no one said that typing was a good cardio workout.

Only the Sony
The FuelBand isn't the only tech gadget vying for attention with yesterday's release. Sony (NYS: SNE) also hit the market with its PlayStation Vita, the long-overdue update to its handheld system.

Priced at $249 -- or $299 for the 3G model -- the device appears to have priced out all but hardcore gamers. That should be a big enough market to support the platform, though developers may see it differently. It's probably not a good sign that sales tanked in Japan after a strong initial week of sales.

I'm not the ideal market for the Vita, but even my two teenage boys don't seem to care. Times change. Even the 3DS purchased last year is usually collecting dust. The Sony PSP has been missing for ages, and nobody seems bent on finding it.

Apple hasn't helped Sony, obviously. Sure, there's a big difference between cheap apps and full-blown handheld video games. However, judging by Zynga's (NAS: ZNGA) success at a time when video game industry sales have been falling for three years, casual gamers matter.

There are now 240 million monthly active users through Zynga's network of social networking and mobile games. How many of those do you think will be springing $249 for a Vita?

Make it count
Is Nike one of the three American companies set to dominate the world? The answer is in a free report, so check it out now.

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DoubleAughtCode

I apologise for what seems like flaming in this article. I kept getting errors saying my post was not being submitted. If a moderator could delete all but the first one starting 'I wont be buying'... please fel free.

February 27 2012 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bigstillstanding

the person writing this is a complete tard. and obviously cant play video games to save there ass. they are also a horrible writer. so what do they do? nothing!

February 24 2012 at 12:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bigstillstanding

the person writing this is a complete tard. and obviously cant play video games to save there ass. they are also a horrible writer. so what do they do? nothing!

February 24 2012 at 12:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DoubleAughtCode

I wont be buying ANY more devices under current standards.

Look, people have to much of their lives on their networks to trust to devices, such as the Vita and the PS3 (there are more than just Sony), that have VERY limited protection(s). Not only that, when you lok at the site for support, they tell you to further un-protect your network by placing these devices in ones DMZ in their router.

Criminals are more with todays tech than most folk and thats the problem. They will exploit EVERY avenue that is not locked down. We cant rely on just having a *nux build either. 'Opensource' has been dis-creetly compromised by criminal elements as well. Just take a look at the servers that all had major breaches and violating exploits were all versions of Linux. From Sony's record breaking data breach to the FBI and other government agencies later last year.

Until the next-gen console comes with a firewall app AND malicous code blocking abilities, you can count on me buying things that aren't going to have me spending the next ten years just proving Im me! However, some of these developers are to stubborn to hear anything about this so dont count on many dealing with these truths.

Even Avast makes an app for Android systems now; to include a firewall and Android is basiaclly a *nux OE (Operating Enviroment). That tells us that its no longer about the known, YouTube'd exploits. Its not enough to have a kernel that does a kind of port monitoring. Its about the REAL need to have devices that have more protections that update regulaly, as many new exploits are released each and every day.

February 23 2012 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DoubleAughtCode

I wont be buying ANY more devices under current standards.

Look, people have to much of their lives on their networks to trust to devices, such as the Vita and the PS3 (there are more than just Sony), that have VERY limited protection(s). Not only that, when you lok at the site for support, they tell you to further un-protect your network by placing these devices in ones DMZ in their router.

Criminals are more with todays tech than most folk and thats the problem. They will exploit EVERY avenue that is not locked down. We cant rely on just having a *nux build either. 'Opensource' has been dis-creetly compromised by criminal elements as well. Just take a look at the servers that all had major breaches and violating exploits were all versions of Linux. From Sony's record breaking data breach to the FBI and other government agencies later last year.

Until the next-gen console comes with a firewall app AND malicous code blocking abilities, you can count on me buying things that aren't going to have me spending the next ten years just proving Im me! However, some of these developers are to stubborn to hear anything about this so dont count on many dealing with these truths.

Even Avast makes an app for Android systems now; to include a firewall and Android is basiaclly a *nux OE (Operating Enviroment). That tells us that its no longer about the known, YouTube'd exploits. Its not enough to have a kernel that does a kind of port monitoring. Its about the REAL need to have devices that have more protections that update regulaly, as many new exploits are released each and every day.

February 23 2012 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DoubleAughtCode

I wont be buying ANY more devices under current standards.

Look, people have to much of their lives on their networks to trust to devices, such as the Vita and the PS3 (there are more than just Sony), that have VERY limited protection(s). Not only that, when you lok at the site for support, they tell you to further un-protect your network by placing these devices in ones DMZ in their router.

Criminals are more with todays tech than most folk and thats the problem. They will exploit EVERY avenue that is not locked down. We cant rely on just having a *nux build either. 'Opensource' has been dis-creetly compromised by criminal elements as well. Just take a look at the servers that all had major breaches and violating exploits were all versions of Linux. From Sony's record breaking data breach to the FBI and other government agencies later last year.

Until the next-gen console comes with a firewall app AND malicous code blocking abilities, you can count on me buying things that aren't going to have me spending the next ten years just proving Im me! However, some of these developers are to stubborn to hear anything about this so dont count on many dealing with these truths.

Even Avast makes an app for Android systems now; to include a firewall and Android is basiaclly a *nux OE (Operating Enviroment). That tells us that its no longer about the known, YouTube'd exploits. Its not enough to have a kernel that does a kind of port monitoring. Its about the REAL need to have devices that have more protections that update regulaly, as many new exploits are released each and every day.

February 23 2012 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
DoubleAughtCode

I wont be buying ANY more devices under current standards.

Look, people have to much of their lives on their networks to trust to devices, such as the Vita and the PS3 (there are more than just Sony), that have VERY limited protection(s). Not only that, when you lok at the site for support, they tell you to further un-protect your network by placing these devices in ones DMZ in their router.

Criminals are more with todays tech than most folk and thats the problem. They will exploit EVERY avenue that is not locked down. We cant rely on just having a *nux build either. 'Opensource' has been dis-creetly compromised by criminal elements as well. Just take a look at the servers that all had major breaches and violating exploits were all versions of Linux. From Sony's record breaking data breach to the FBI and other government agencies later last year.

Until the next-gen console comes with a firewall app AND malicous code blocking abilities, you can count on me buying things that aren't going to have me spending the next ten years just proving Im me! However, some of these developers are to stubborn to hear anything about this so dont count on many dealing with these truths.

Even Avast makes an app for Android systems now; to include a firewall and Android is basiaclly a *nux OE (Operating Enviroment). That tells us that its no longer about the known, YouTube'd exploits. Its not enough to have a kernel that does a kind of port monitoring. Its about the REAL need to have devices that have more protections that update regulaly, as many new exploits are released each and every day.

February 23 2012 at 5:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply