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Tracking accuracy and reliability do matter

There is no doubt that a wrist tracker can change the user’s behavior. Tracking any metric that provides a sense of instant accomplishment is a very powerful motivational tool. The makers of fitness trackers have been known to say that it is not the figures that matter but the pattern. They consider actual step-count accuracy a secondary issue, the primary issue being behavior modification in an upward trend. In essence, they are saying the tracker around your wrist is not so much a “tracker” but an “encourager.” It is simply there to push you to take more steps tomorrow than you did today. But here is the secret for any fitness tracker – the metric must be ACCURATE.

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