Accelerometer/Activity Monitor question

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by hologram, Oct 20, 2018.

  1. hologram macrumors 6502

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    How does the accelerometer work? if I’m carrying a box with both hands and my arms aren’t moving like they would when walking normally, does that affect how the watch tracks activity? Or walking a dog when holding the leash in the watch hand and keeping that arm stationary?

    It’s my first AW, and I was just wondering if it makes any difference.
     
  2. Julien macrumors G4

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    Accelerometers work by measuring acceleration forces from a change in direction to another direction. Like an arm swing from front to back.
     
  3. hologram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So in other words, it doesn’t measure movement if you walk a mile carrying anything that keeps your watch arm from moving? Maybe I should strap it to my ankle ;)
     
  4. millerj123 macrumors 65816

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    You'll still get GPS and heart rate for movement, but it won't be able to measure steps. My wife and I no longer hold hands when exercise walking, and only hold our dog's leash in our dominant hands for this very reason. We could put our watches on our other hand, but I never have.
     
  5. hologram thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, that’s what I wanted to know. :)
     

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