FitBit hack cuts power to your gear if you don’t work out


For the extremely willpower-impaired (or the super-serious about exercise), this hack uses a FitBit activity tracker and a Belkin WeMo internet-controlled power outlet to make sure you exercise every day. If you don’t meet your daily activity goals, the system cuts the power to anything plugged into it, offering some serious incentive to get off the couch.

Charalampos, writing at Building Internet of Things came up with this idea as a way to combine the activity tracking capabilities of the FitBit with an severe punishment for not exercising. He chose his fridge as his “workout hostage,” so if he didn’t exercise, his food might spoil.

This is brilliant. We could hook it up to The Publisher’s Heineken fridge – he’d dropped 50lbs in 6 months.