Two studies found that piezo-electric mechanisms were more accurate for counting steps in both children and overweight adults. The old-style spring mechanisms are affected by tilt, while newer designs of dual-axis and tri-axis accelerometers are not affected by tilt and can be worn in a wider variety of positions.
Accuracy Study of 13 PedometersResearchers at the University of Tennessee put thirteen pedometers to the test to see which were the most accurate for counting steps when worn all day. The study was published in 2004.
Previous research had shown the Yamax 200 to be the most accurate in lab conditions for counting steps and estimating distance. The test subjects wore the Yamax 200 on one hip and the test pedometers on the other hip to compare step totals. The test subjects logged an average of 9244 steps a day, nearly the goal of 10,000 steps promoted by several pedometer walking programs.
Most Accurate Pedometers For Daily Step CountingThese models matched the standard pedometer
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Underestimated StepsIf you use one of these pedometers, you may be walking more steps than it counts.
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