Fitbit made some crucial acquisitions recently, buying out two competitors in the market – one being Pebble, followed almost immediately by Vector.
And keeping in mind that it's one of the leading wearable brands out there, it's no surprise that some app developers create content exclusively for Fitbit, the latest example being achu.
According to the press release, it's supposed to help you avoid getting sick, by tracking your physical condition and comparing it to your personal historical data.
“We realized that there was a significant need for an app that can use the data that we are actively feeding into our health trackers and wearables daily that would really make a difference in predicting our future health, not just seeing what we've done in the past,” said Tony Peticca, founder of Datapult. “achu uses data from past patterns in our activity that leads to a cold or flu, and enables us to take more control over recognizing those patterns going forward so that we can take the appropriate actions to fight the oncoming illness.”
The app can also provide you with daily health tips on how to prevent getting sick, even if you have no symptoms at all, and you're in perfect health. So, Datapult is really trying to take illness prevention to the very root of the problem.
“The more interactive you are with achu, the more accurate it will be in helping you to stay healthy,” said Michael Morra, CTO of Datapult. “When you feel tired, achy, feverish, stuffy – whatever the symptom, you calibrate the achu app, and it will then start to match data from past readings. It will then actively monitor your health to look for similar data patterns that suggest that you're getting sick, before you feel an ache or pain. And if you don't have a Fitbit, you can still download the app to get daily health tips to help you stay well, and lead a healthy life.”
With health and fitness tracking being the main reason consumers buy smart wearables, it's no surprise to see such an app. And considering that achu relies on data that was already being tracked, we fail to realize how no one else had thought of creating it before.