As I mentioned in my previous column, my new Fitbit Zip is proving to be an amazing motivator when it comes to exercising. I now find myself going out of my way to walk a few more steps, just to see them reflected on my personal online dashboard. Having said this, there are a few considerations of which users should be aware...
First let us remind ourselves that there are three members of the Fitbit Family, as follows:
- Fitbit Flex: Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband
- Fitbit One: Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker
- Fitbit Zip: Wireless Activity Tracker
Each is worn and used in a different way. I have the Fitbit Zip as shown below. This comes with a clip (not shown in this image) that allows you to attach your Fitbit just about anywhere on your person.
As an aside, I would like to note that the Fitbit's clip is a wonder of modern materials technology and engineering. It really grips your clothing, making it practically impossible for you to lose your Fitbit, even if you are running at high speed.
Now, before we proceed to the main thrust of this blog, I must say that I was a little surprised to see the following comment from an EE Times member with the screen name "Truthfinder":
You were walking on the treadmill while writing your post and the Fitbit on your wrist. So your arm was not moving/swinging with every step you were taking? And you expect the Fitbit to record your step without your arm swinging? What nonsense is that? The Fitbit and every other similar arm/wrist band pedometer that pretends to count your step while sitting on your arm is making fools of consumers like you. And once the step count is wrong, every other information such an instrument gives out is wrong. Did this never occur to you?
Well, someone certainly got out of the wrong site of the bed this morning, didn’t they? Having said this, after re-reading the above comment a few times, I'm beginning to wonder if Truthfinder's antagonistic and resentful tone is based on the fact that he or she spent some time walking on a treadmill while wearing an armband activity recorder without swinging his or her arm, and that he or she is still disgruntled by the fact that those steps weren't counted toward that day's total (LOL).
In a follow-up comment, I replied to Truthfinder saying: "Did I say the Fitbit was on my wrist? (No) Do I look like an idiot? (Don't answer that :-)"
The thing is that "I R an engineer," so the potential for these problems had -- of course -- occurred to me. This is why I had already investigated the situation as described on the following page...
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