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How to Make a Practical Pedometer #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #Arduino #DIY #tech
If you are one of those people that refuses to get a Fitbit, you are going to enjoy this Arduino pedometer project. Maker Asif Shaikh of Robotica DIY has created a hobby version using a Lilypad Arduino, accelerometer and Bluetooth module. You can check out his post for the hook-up (which is easy). The real fun comes in calculating your calorie burn for the code, which will have you measuring your average step. Even if you do own a fitness tracker it’s nice to see the math. Asif uses a Bluetooth app for Android, so it’s not clear if you can translate this easily to an Iphone, but a quick check in the Apple store reveals quite a few Bluetooth apps. Looking at this build makes me think an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express with a Bluefruit module might also make a great step tracker. I think it all depends whether you want a round shape or something more rectangular. However, all those Neopixels on the Circuit Playground could be fun for celebrating step milestones. What is your dream pedometer?
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