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Using the new Spark Tracker. Its a bit off with miles but useful.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The new tracker is easy to install and uploads very easily. I like the convenience of putting it on my shoes or bra. It has motivated me to start walking more and that is a good thing. Just know that it isn't 100% accurate.

Figured out that the tracker is short on miles, at least for me. Today a walk I know for a fact is just about 1.10 of a mile showed up as only .80 with less than 2000 steps. That is over .25 mile difference and I think that is a bit too much to be off. Means both miles and possible calorie burns would be off somewhat. I am pretty tall at 5'8.5" and have a long stride. I am guessing they calibrated the Spark Tracker for average strides and that is why many of us are experiencing these differences??? Some of the first blogs on this subject said the same thing, so some are still wearing pedometers along with Spark Trackers. What to do??

Hey Spark Guy and Coach Nichole, will there be any updates to the Tracker?? Will you come out with a new and better tracker? If so, will we, the owners of the current Trackers be stuck or will you let us return our current Trackers for the newer ones for some sort of credit?

Just curious, is anybody else wondering the same things?

As the old saying from the 1960's goes (gives away my age here) "Keep on trucking"!
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    I thought about getting one, but that seems like alot to be off... Plus, it doesn't talk and I would rather it did. I have a talking pedometer, very cheap, not 100% accurate, but I know how off it is so can calculate the difference! What about how it measures other exercises and such? Thanks for posting about it! I'm seeing that bumper sticker with that moustachioed man stepping forward with the big foot out in front with Keep On Trucking written over his head! Perhaps a bumper sticker?
    1649 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I use a GPS watch not connected to Sparks, so I don't get steps, just mileage. Today I did my longest trail hike ever, 10 miles, but my knee and feet are sure paying the price :-P
    That is the problem with steppers, the cheaper ones are one size fits all which isn't right. I gave up on them after losing/trashing 5 of them :(
    Keep up the great work!
    1651 days ago
  • JAMER123
    I am tall but have a shorter stride. I haven't had a good working pedometer so don't know if my tracker is tracking right but I like it as it gives me some inspiration to push me a little harder than I have been. I agree that we have purchased in good faith and if changes come through we should be compensated in some manner. But for now, I like what we have!!
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    1651 days ago
    I don't have the tracker, already bought the fitbir, and I use my pedometer also, an Omron a goo0d one, and I do 2400 step mile, so must have shorter strides, but my fitbit, gives me a bit more credit than that, so really not sure but I am real happy, as long as I can get 15,000 steps a day, or that is what I aim for,
    1651 days ago
    I also enjoy using my tracker. It is off for some activities, which is no big deal since I also use a Fitbit flex which is also off for some activities. I am not bothered since trackers are just guides. I enjoy using the Spark.
    1651 days ago
    Teri, I am happy that you are finding your new tracker to be useful. emoticon emoticon
    1651 days ago
    Yea mine is a bit off. It doesn't recognize the exercises it's supposed to as well. Oh well.
    1651 days ago
    Sorry that the tracker is off for you! That is a lot of money to spend and not have something be accurate! I do hope that you will get a credit on your old ones, if a new, more accurate version comes out! emoticon
    1651 days ago
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