Milestone Pod keeps tracks of your running and shoe mileage.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to try out several different types of wearable fitness bands. While they track motion well, the problem you find yourself having is that the fitness bands are worn on your wrist. So, they aren’t really tracking ‘steps’ per se, but rather the movement of your arm/body. I have a friend who works in a hospital and is constantly on her feet. She probably walks about 10 miles a day. She actually started wearing her FItBit on her shoe so that she was getting a more accurate step count. Fortunately, there is a better way.
The Milestone Pod is specifically designed to be worn on your shoe. To use it, you simply attached it to your shoe by routing your shoelaces through the back of it, and then connect it to the Milestone Pod app on your smartphone. The ‘pod’ looks like the main body of a small, ladies sports watch and it’s designed to have two main functions – keep track of the mileage on your shoes and keep track of your runs. I want to say that I am not a runner, but I definitely see the merit in this little device and I am getting use out of it in the mileage department.
- Insert the battery. I actually appreciated this step because not only did it activate the Milestone Pod, but it meant that the battery wasn’t being wasted on a shelf somewhere.
- Download the mobile application. It is available for both iOS and Android devices.
- Create an account. It’s free and only requires the basic name, email address, passwor information to get started.
- Pair your phone to your pod. The Milestone Pod connects via Bluetooth to your phone and once it’s connected, you can just follow the directions on the screen to sync the pod with the app. The first sync does take a few minutes because it has to download the most updated firmware.
- Lastly, you connect the pod to your shoe and start moving!
When I first started testing the Milestone Pod, I thought it wasn’t working. There was no indication in the app or on the pod itself that showed it was collecting any data. I would soon find out that no matter what it looks like, the pod is always collecting data against your shoe’s mileage, which is important because it helps you know when is a good time to change out your shoes.
I also quickly found that you have to manually sync to your phone. It’s an easy enough process. You open the app and right on the dashboard is a syncing icon. As it syncs, it adds up your mileage and shows it on your dashboard. As I mentioned, I’m not a runner, so there isn’t any data for running.
The Milestone Pod is a great device for runners, but isn’t practical for regular, everyday users because of its limited data collection. My hope is that in future versions of the app, that wearers will be able to read a step count as well as running data. Another improvement I hope to see is the ability to change the shoe type. You aren’t supposed to switch the pod between shoes, but if you enter the wrong shoe model, like I did, you can’t change it out unless you reset the entire pod, thus losing its data.
The Milestone Pod is a unique little device that can really benefit runners.
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