It was just another week for Nic the Intern. He went skydiving, drove a superfancy sports car, ran a 5-kilometer race, danced with the Chippendales and donned a pink monkey suit to entertain the masses along Las Vegas Boulevard.
When he wasn’t busy doing something extreme or crazy, he was writing about it. Nic the Intern is Nic Wilson, a 23-year-old graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, W.Va. His mission was to bring attention to a piece of technology that tracks body activities to help with weight loss.
Wilson wore the Body Media FIT armband — actually two, one on each arm — during all of his activities at the International Consumer Electronics Show.
"I was told to go to Las Vegas and do something different," Wilson said. "It was pretty much ‘The Hangover’ meets ‘The Apprentice.’
The FIT monitor is worn on the upper arm and synchronizes with a smart phone or computer. It measures motion, steps, skin response (sweat), temperature and heat flux and records calories consumed and burned, physical activity, steps and sleep.
Using his FIT monitor, Wilson tracked how many calories each of his wild activities burned. Dancing with the Chippendales, he said, burned 130. The 5-kilometer race at Lake Mead and skydiving onto the ninth fairway of the Las Vegas Country Club on CES’ opening morning each burned 1,000 calories.
"I burned a ton of calories," Wilson said. "I was surprised to see that I wasn’t eating enough, and was having deficits of 3,000 to 4,000 calories a day. I was pushing it to the limits and not giving my body enough time to consume or replace the calories."
One of the monitors he wore was synced to his smart phone and the other to a Samsung Galaxy Tab.
"My week was insane," he said. "I got almost 14 hours of sleep all week."
His favorite activity was driving a Lamborghini Gallardo five laps at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He has no idea how fast he was going; he said his concentration on the track prevented him from glancing at the speedometer.
Wilson posted updates about his activities to Facebook and Twitter. You can see videos, a map of Wilson’s week in Las Vegas and the FIT records of his exploits on the Follow Nic’s Band site (www.follownicsband.com/). Learn more about the device at www.bodymedia.com.
Wilson completed his master’s of business administration degree in May and began what was supposed to be a three-month internship with the Pittsburgh-based company’s marketing department. The internship was extended through the end of CES.
Wilson must have pleased the right people at Body Media. He was hired full-time at the conclusion of CES.
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