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ERIC Number: EJ926081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
The Accuracy of Talking Pedometers when Used during Free-Living: A Comparison of Four Devices
Albright, Carolyn; Jerome, Gerald J.
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v105 n5 p299-304 May 2011
The purpose of this study was to determine the accuracy of four commercially available talking pedometers in measuring accumulated daily steps of adult participants while they moved independently. Ten young sighted adults (with an average age of 24.1 [plus or minus] 4.6 years), 10 older sighted adults (with an average age of 73 [plus or minus] 5.5 years), and 10 adults with visual impairments (with an average age of 38.7 [plus or minus] 12.4 years) completed the testing protocol. Four commercially available talking pedometers were selected for validation: the Oregon Scientific PE829, Sportline 343, Brookstone Talking Pedometer, and Accusplit Alliance AL300. In conclusion, the development of accurate devices for monitoring physical activity can play an important role in monitoring and increasing physical activity. This study found that the Accusplit Alliance AL300 was the most accurate talking pedometer for measuring the daily accumulation of steps, and that it is appropriate for use in both research on and the promotion of physical activity. Any individual who has difficulty reading the small readouts on traditional pedometers may benefit from using one of these talking pedometers. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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