Are activity trackers telling us the truth about our physical activity level?

Over the past few years there has been an explosion in commercially available physical activity trackers, e.g., Fitbit, Jawbone, which allow people to track and receive feedback on their activity level. In the UK, 6 million people now own an activity tracker but, despite the popularity of these there is very little research on their accuracy.

We aim to test the accuracy of six popular activity trackers devices (both cheap and expensive) when worn on both the dominant and non-dominant hand. Which will be the most accurate? Will they over estimate the number of steps people do? Will the cheap ones be as accurate as the expensive ones? These are just some of the questions we want to answer.

Dr Laura Gray and Dr Charlotte Edwardson. Health Sciences

 

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