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How Many Zamzee Pointz Do I Get For Walking the Dog?

New users often ask us how many Pointz they get for different types of activity. That’s an easy question to answer. It doesn’t matter how you move. As long as you are in the ZamZone, you earn about 3 Pointz per minute. If you are in the Bonus Zone (like if you are beating your average), you earn about 8 Pointz per minute. If you move on a surprise Double Pointz Day – you guessed it – you get double the Pointz.

So the next logical question is, how much do I have to move to get into the ZamZone? You’re in the ZamZone whenever your activity spikes into the light blue area of your By Minute Activity Graph. We like to say that’s when your heart starts thumping. Dancing or playing tag is a great way to get into the ZamZone.

Here’s some examples of different types of activities that do (or don’t!) get into the ZamZone.

Taking the dog for a walk at 9 PM. Some Pointz!

Taking the dog for a walk at 9 PM. Some Pointz!

Playing tennis on a Saturday morning, 11:30 AM - 1 PM. Lots of Pointz!

Playing tennis on a Saturday morning, 11:30 AM – 1 PM. Lots of Pointz!

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What’s the Difference Between a Pedometer, an Accelerometer, and Zamzee?

Good question! A lot of people wonder what the difference is between a pedometer and an accelerometer. You might also be curious to know the difference between an accelerometer and Zamzee. Here’s what you need to know.

Leonardo da Vinci self portrait, Chambord Castle, Loire Valley, France - The metallic stone effect is generated by computer

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What’s a pedometer?

Pedometers are a low-cost, basic device that measures how many steps you take. Pedometers have been around for a while, in fact, the technology was originally invented by Leonardo da Vinci! Signore da Vinci wanted a device that would more accurately measure distance so that he could make better maps. Hence, the birth of the pedometer. The pedometer hasn’t changed much since the Italian Renaissance. Folks today still use pedometers to count the number of steps they take.

So how does it work? Inside a pedometer is a tiny little mechanical arm that swings on one axis to detect a “step.” So when you move with the same force as a typical step, which scientists know is 1/3 G, that little arm swings once and counts one step. But because most of us don’t walk like robots, a pedometer needs to be very specifically oriented on your body in order to measure movement accurately. If you aren’t wearing your pedometer exactly on your hip in a straight upright position, don’t be surprised if your step-count is off by 30% or more. That’s why pedometers can be easily “tricked.”

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