Products & Reviews
Step Keeper Pedometer Module
Wed Jul 18, 2001 - 10:49 AM EDT - By
Table of Contents
Step Keeper Pedomete... » Software Conclusion
The Step Keeper software is held in Flash Memory, which is nice because the
module is plug and play, but it's unfortunate that you can't look at your
records if the module isn't present. The Step Keeper software was updated
while I was reviewing the module, and I was able to update it at the
The update was a breeze, and updated the software directly on the module, so the
update stays with the module. It also was a non-destructive update in that
it didn't touch any of my existing records.
When you insert the module for the first time you are prompted to enter your
height, weight, and the length of your stride. You also choice a goal of
how many steps you want to walk. It's not clear how long you have before
you reach this goal, or what happens if you do reach it (I didn't).
Presumably the goal is "per day," if you go by the graphs. It would be
nice if you could say you'd like to walk 1 mile a day, or something like that.
You also can pick a cartoon helper that will offer you personalized advice (like
that paperclip in Microsoft Office). It seems to have lots of things to
say depending on the time of day you start, how you are doing as it relates to
your goals, and how fat you're getting in my case.
The software is fairly full-featured while still remaining simple. It
tells you how many calories you've burned (although it's not clear how
they calculate this) and how close you are to reaching your steps goal in color
graphs. Conclusion >>