Yep, step counter is WAY off. I was sitting at my computer typing for about an hour, somehow I registered about 200 steps. Ironically, When I got up and walked around, I only registered another 20 steps. I counted about 50 myself and my iphone picked up 57.
There should be a calibration option which asks users to walk a certain number of steps. Since everyone is different, Wyze should have some kind of algorithm to “train” the sensors in the band to recognize what kind of motion is actually a step.
If someone tends to move their hands around a lot without actually moving, the band should recognize that and decrease the sensitivity for a period of time. My idea is the band would record different types of motion for the first week or two, and ask the user if he/she thinks its accurate.
A simpler alternative would be, comparing the number of steps the band registers with the number of steps a user’s smartphone picks up (if it supports step counting of course.) For an hour or so, the band would do a calibration. The user would be instructed to walk around as normal with their phone in their pocket, and the band would compare the measurements taken by the phone to its own measurements.
I understand this could be difficult to do with the Wyze band’s hardware but, this data could be anonymously sent back to Wyze, which would help in creating a more accurate step tracker. Similar to how person detection works.