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Chrome and Activity Trackers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

A few months ago, I got a Chromebook laptop. I love using it because it boots up very quickly (in a matter of seconds) and is so fast at shutting dow. It also runs very quickly while I'm using it. Compared to a Windows-based laptop it is incredibly fast.

I've been thinking of getting eather a Fitbit or a SparkPeople activity tracker for some time. Unfortunately, neither the SparkPeople Activity tracker and the Fitbit tracker supporta a chrome-based operating system. I'd like to get a tracker, but I don't know of any that are currently compatible with Chrome.

It has occured to me that I could work around this issue by using my husband's laptop to get my tracker data onto the internet. He likes using a Window's based system and doesn't plan to change. I'm thinking that I would just have to set up the software on his laptop and put the dongle-thingy in one of his USB ports. Once the tracking info is in the cloud, I'd be able to see it on my Chromebook.

It's a little awkward, but it could work.

So then the question becomes, which one would be easier to synch using that workaround.

For people with a Fitbit or a Sparkpeople tracker, here is my question. Do you have to be logged into Fitbit or Spark to update the info once you have set up the software and dongle, or does update without actually having to manually log in?
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  • JAOTAO
    I love my FitBit... like others, my FB syncs up as long as the computer is on. Sometimes I force a sync after charging it or being away. If you have an iPhone 4 though, you can't use the data on your phone. You have to have a 4S and above. I'll probably update when iPhone 6 comes out. It keeps me more accountable.
    969 days ago
  • MOONGLOWSNANA
    I got SPAT for Christmas too and I like it, but it doesn't always sync up when I pass by. I don't know if it is the dongle or what. Instead I get a message on my screen that says it isn't syncing. I looked at some of the trouble shooting tips on the SPAT team, but haven't had time to double check my set up yet since I've been so busy trekking through Tasmania with the Chair Exercise Team. It eventually does track just not as quickly as what some of the other people here have said.
    969 days ago
  • BUNNYCATS
    I like my Spark activity tracker! I like the way you can reclassify exercises like, elliptical, exercise bike, lawn mowing. It's also nice because it differentiates between regular steps and fitness minutes. It's very inspiring.
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    984 days ago
  • RAESUN54
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    Hope you figure out what you will do, fitbit or spark tracker. I want to get something myself but don't have a computer that is only of my use so that causes a bit of a problem..

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    988 days ago
  • ASOBFALLS
    My hubby got me a Fitbit One off ebay for $60...it had been used 5 times in 5 weeks and that data just disappeared under my data!
    I love visiting the Team Huddle.. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
    groups_huddle.asp

    I go to SP Fitness page and there is a button for "sync fitbit for 1/14"
    Wishing you all the best now you are finished with chemo
    Joyce
    988 days ago
  • MISSG180
    I have the SPAT, and once it's started and plugged into a computer, it will upload your information every time you get within 50 feet of that computer, even if you aren't logged into SP on it. So you could just slide it into a port on hubby's and it will keep on uploading you.
    989 days ago
  • RAINEMARIE214
    I never log in to the fitbit website. I have the dongle plugged in to my laptop, and it syncs pretty much everytime I walk into my house! I have the app on my phone, so if I want to look at my stats I just the app. I've had the fitbit for over 2 years and I love it, though I am hoping to upgrade to a newer version sometime soon - they dont even make the one I have anymore!
    989 days ago
  • PJMOMMATO3
    I love my fitbit! It has been a great tool for me.


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    Comment edited on: 1/13/2014 8:09:40 AM
  • CATHYSFITLIFE
    I just got a fitbit one for Christmas and really love it! I love the flower that grows as you are active through the day and if you set it down or are inactive for a while and touch it, it gives you cute and funny little messages like "Woot" and then your name. My fitbit syncs up as long as the computer is on. I have a friend on one of my teams that has both a fitbit and a SP activity tracker and she prefers the fitbit over the SP activity tracker. The fitbit will sync up as long as you are within 20 feet of the dongle. I don't have a smartphone or iPhone so I wouldn't know how it works with them. Good luck in making your decision!
    990 days ago
  • BONNIEMARGAY
    My wife uses Map My Fitness on her smartphone. Not as exciting as some of the cute gadgets you can buy, but if you're looking for a GPS tracker instead of a pedometer, it is free.
    990 days ago
  • JANTHEBLONDE
    I'm sorry I can't help you.... I'm planning on ordering my sparks tracker soon! Sending you lots of hugs!
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    990 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    just got my Spark Tracker..... love it set up was a breeze and if I get within 5 feet of my turned on computer it grabs the info off my tracker...... amazing!
    990 days ago
  • FLORIDASUN
    I'm a Fitbit lover for sure, for sure. I've had mine for over a year and do need to replace the holder...right now it's duct taped! emoticon It's a little scratchy attached to my bra! emoticon But once you get the fitbit I think you will be hooked. I do have a few sparky friends that have the spark tracker...but I think the fitbit gives you more bang for your buck...sorry sparkpeople...just a fact. Mine loads up wirelessly on my Mac whenever I'm in close proximity..but then you know a LOT more about tech than I do. Just do your normal GREAT research and you'll make a wise decision.

    Glad to hear you are thinking about this Kay..it's a good sign that you are gaining back a little energy.

    I love you girlfriend! emoticon Your tenacity and strength just blow me away with inspiration!

    Woo~hoo....Kay.
    ..my s~hero girl! emoticon

    I've got your package all wrapped...now just to find the time to get it posted...the day WILL come! emoticon
    990 days ago
  • NATPLUMMER
    The Fitbit app for the iPhone can update the info via bluetooth. They way you don't need your computer for it.
    990 days ago
  • LOPEYP
    Fitbit automatically does it wirelessly as long as the computer is on. Mine is old so you might post/look around on the fitbit site or the team here on SP for info about the newer models. It also syncs with myfitnesspal.
    990 days ago
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