Don't trust your life to smartwatches quite yet

Subject: General Tech | June 30, 2014 - 11:17 AM |
Tagged: wearables

On a charity walk that went from one end of the Outer Hebrides to the other a variety of fitness trackers could not decide on  just how far a distance was travelled.  Indeed it quickly became quite obvious that there were discrepancies as at the two hour point in the walk the distance ranged from 5.5 to 9 miles.  There were spots with no cell signal during the trek but more often than not there was a decent signal but yet the errors were not properly corrected.  The Inquirer's experience illustrates that at this time you should not consider your smartwatch part of your emergency gear to be used with dead reckoning and a compass as you could be literally mislead.  For now these devices are fitness trackers for the city and even then you might want to double check those distances if you are on a mission to cover a certain amount of ground.

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"An example of some of the wearables present on the trek were the Galaxy Gear Fit, Fitbit Flex, Nike Fuelband, Jawbone Up24, Galaxy Gear 2 Neo and the Pebble watch."

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Source: The Inquirer
July 1, 2014 | 05:55 AM - Posted by zoehneto

The link points to an articel on the inquirer, not the register

July 2, 2014 | 12:06 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

D'oh, fixed that.  Thanks

July 1, 2014 | 12:56 PM - Posted by Trotline (not verified)

The Outer Hebrides?

Really?

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In the fast-paced bustle of life in the Outer Hebrides, a companion device is absolutely essential. According to Bob Lewis, longtime barnacle scraper from Brue, "It's very important that I have a smartwatch, because my hands are constantly occupied. Even if I put down my scraper to get out my phone, I'd just get slime all over it. Why, just three weeks ago, I got a notification during work. If I hadn't had my watch, I'd have had to wait over two hours to find out that mum wanted me to go over to the Lampson's place and get some cheese before coming home."
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