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What’s the difference between a wearable activity tracker and a pedometer?

David Buer
Fitness
While a pedometer is technically a wearable activity tracker, it's usually referred to separately from the popular "wearables." A pedometer simply tracks steps. A wearable activity tracker, which can be a wristband or clip-on device, sends information about your sleep habits, steps and other health behaviors to a companion app. When you open the app, you have a dashboard of your health-related data. This can include status updates (how many steps you've taken so far), healthy tips and tools to help you improve your health.
Wendy Batts
Fitness
The difference between a wearable activity tracker and a pedometer is the type of information that you gather from these gadgets. Most pedometers only measure the amount of steps you take daily, while many wearable activity trackers can gather much more information, such as daily steps, sleep and overall calorie expenditure. Some wearables also allow you team up and/or compete with others who have the same devices, to see who is working harder throughout the day.

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