With these smartphone 'swinging cradles,' people are cheating to get to 10K steps


Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/04/30/with-these-smartphone-swingi.html


Fool them while you still can…

‘Smith!’ screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. ‘6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! That’s better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.’


idk, seems like alot of work to put the phone in the cradle. Can I get someone to hire someone else to do that for me?


Maybe upscale bars have valet cradling…


Hmm. People did these kind of cheats for Pokemon Go. Niantic responded by catching the cheats, shadow banning and slashing their Pokemon.

I don’t what they’ll do in China, but it’ll probably hurt their Sesame Credit. No train for you!


The lazy will inherit the Earth.


The lazy will inherit the Earth.

I prefer “Time efficient”.


I kind of like this typically Chinese way to practice civil disobedience.


“Work less, not harder”


As a condition of purchasing family health insurance via my spouse’s employer, both of us are required to have separate accounts with and “earn points” on the data-gathering website Healthier Together, managed by the company Virgin Pulse. Otherwise we’ll be charged a penalty - cough “price differential” - of $30 / month. Double that, if we both fail to comply.

Because I refuse to link my gps watch to my mandatory HT account or “check in” to the site on a daily basis, I’m nowhere near halfway toward my yearly points quota. It takes a ridiculous amount of time and attention to meet their points requirement via non-automated processes like filling out questionnaires or pretending to tell them the dates of my last preventative exams.

It doesn’t inspire me to purchase this product but it does inspire me to avoid purchasing anything related to Virgin, Inc.


Unless your job actually entails walking, it is really difficult to get in 10 k steps per day, every single day. That’s roughly two miles per day.


I feel like there’s some discrepancy in the lengths of your strides…


I have short legs and tiny feet, okay? Hey wait up!


Unless your job actually entails walking, it is really difficult to get in 10 k steps per day, every single day. That’s roughly two miles per day.

Teacher of young children, easily 10,000 steps on a full work day, and by 2pm at the latest. I only know because my watch tells me without my asking.


Well, maybe not if you drive to work, but I easily get 8,000 steps a day with no extra effort just by walking from my apartment to a metro station and from the metro station to my lab (and the reverse in the evening).


Totally foreseeable outcome.


Same here, my employer does same this with Virgin Pulse. I have no intention of subscribing but for the longest time I though emails from an address ‘virgin pulse’, was some kind of porn spam !

This is SF Bay Area


Here’s your cubicle job. We expect you here 7am to 7pm or later. Oh, and don’t forget to get your ten thousand steps in!


That’s nice. By car, my commute is 45 minutes, each way. By transit, it would be ~2hrs.

For some of us, transit really is not a tenable option, nor is living closer to work. So, yes, it is hard some days to get those steps in.


So I did look this up: http://www.thewalkingsite.com/10000steps.html