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3/13/13 5:13 P

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You are welcome vicki.

this is something that could affect us all in some way



Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/13/13 5:05 P

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Thanks for your diligence in getting an answer, Pam! I haven't had this issue in a car but when I was on a motorboat I did! Too much bouncing!

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3/13/13 4:37 P

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I emailed FB and this is the answer I got in regards to the original posting

Regarding your inquiry, the movement while you are driving, can cause vibrations that the tracker can take as steps. Also, if while traveling you change altitude, the device can also track some floors, as it tracks your elevation gains on hills and other slopes.

Our engineers have worked hard to make sure that our trackers do not pick up false steps or activity recordings while driving. Though there is no ability to pause tracking. Unless you are driving in a car with a very stiff transmission or on backcountry roads, your tracker should not give you any false readings.

If you'd like to better measure steps recorded while driving, you can put your tracker into Activity Recording mode prior to your trip. Once you're done measuring, deactivate Activity Recording mode. You can then view that specific activity on your Dashboard when you next sync your tracker.

If you experience this issue, and after attempting the previous troubleshoot, the steps or floors does not decrease, do not hesitate in contacting us back.

Thank you for your understanding and your time with this. Let us know if you have any additional questions.

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/12/13 8:20 P

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email sent to the techs but this was on their page about the zip and being in a car

Our engineers have worked diligently on Zip's tracking algorithms to make sure that the tracker does not pick up false steps or activity recordings while in a car. Unless you are driving in a car with a very stiff transmission or on backcountry roads, your Zip should not give you credit for any work that you don't do.

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/12/13 8:12 P

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perhaps this is a question that should be asked of the techs at fitbit. going to send them an email now and will pass on their response

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/12/13 8:02 P

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I haven't noticed my fitbit counting steps when I'm driving (haven't checked carefully) but the drive between my home and my husband's puts four extra flights of stairs. Dunno why it picks that number since the elevation gain during the trip is a lot more than 40 feet.

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3/8/13 1:53 P

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@TIMOTHYNOHE

When I was driving I tried something Looked at my start numbers and then my end numbers. Seems I tend to move my left foot a lot when driving, like to the beat of a song and that caused some steps to register.

Also asked a friend who is a trucker and since he shifts a lot both feet tend to move and that added steps to his

So I wonder.....

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/8/13 1:42 P

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Thanks for the help with my fit bit and my treadmill.

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3/8/13 12:56 P

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Concerning treadmills... another thing is that treadmill are often off! So I wouldn't be sure a mile on your treadmill is really a mile. Mine consistently lowballs the distance.. ones at the gym seem to highball it. My Fitbit gives me more distance than my treadmill, unless I am running fast. (Fitbit doesn't pick up speed differences very well.) I figure it is somewhere in between.
If you know what your usual mile walk is outside, it should be about the same on the treadmill.

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3/7/13 10:06 P

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LOL nothing better than getting older with all these wonderful syndromes

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/7/13 9:59 P

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Must be that RLS. (Restless Leg Syndrome.)
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Though I think I recall being comfortable the whole drive.
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Of course *that* could be because of CRS Syndrome (Can't Remember Sht). I suffer from that too.
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3/7/13 9:35 P

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that is weird we drove for 8 hours and my steps and stairs never changed.

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/7/13 9:32 P

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OK, now this is just nuts.

I drove from Baltimore MD to Newport NC. Six hours ten minutes on my butt.

We arrived in Newport at 7:15 PM. I had 6500 more step than when I left and 20 more floors. That is weird. And entering under activities "Automobile or light truck driving" only took off 1000 steps and four floors.

I suppose it's only fair. It cheats me out of steps it tell SparkPeople about when I don't take it running (13 miles = 24000+) and enter that activity manually.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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3/7/13 10:28 A

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This was on another thread but basically your steps on the treadmill are different thereby making the mileages off

the treadmill is measuring mileage but the FB is measuring it in terms of steps taken.

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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3/7/13 10:14 A

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Hi, I am new to using my fit but zip. I notice that my mileage is off. I walk a mile on the treadmill but my zip only says .70. Any advise?

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3/7/13 8:22 A

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Thanks for the insight on how it knows my stride length. Answer: it makes a best guess.

As for accuracy, I did that last night and I found the FitBit to be the more accurate. And still a little more liberal than my count but only a little.

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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3/6/13 11:59 P

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I have found my fitbit to be more accurate in it's step count than most of the pedometers I have used in the past. Have you tried counting 100 steps and then comparing it to your fitbit and pedometer?

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3/6/13 10:31 P

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Once you enter your height and weight it does an estimate on the average stride for a person of that weight and height



Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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I do not recall entering a stride length when I set this thing up. How does it calculate distance if it doesn't know my stride length.

And if I did enter it and just forgot, well, nevermind.

But I compare the fit bit to the Weight Watchers pedometer. Either the FitBit is real liberal in its count or WW Pedometer is real stingy. I compared the two and there was a huge difference between the two. The FitBit had 1000 steps for the WW 750 steps.



Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi

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