Recently I've found myself having conversations, "banter" if you like, with colleagues over Fitbit; respective step counts, activity levels and the like. After a particularly good week for me in steps terms there were jokes abound that I'd let my dog wear my Fitbit and made it run around (I don't own a dog) or that I'd done other hand movement related activities to amplify my step count (if you see what I mean).
So that got me thinking, what could you do to artificially hike up your steps score? I give you what I like to call my Step Counter Cheating Machine:
- An A-frame connected to a base with a pivot point at the top for the arm.
- The snazzy 1980s Lego wheels. Useful for sieges and if you need to move your step count cheat machine around.
- The long arm on the right hand side. For the trebuchet the projectile was hung off the end of the arm.
- The weight on the left hand side (the yellow bit). This is comprised of an old Lego motor plus two Lego boxes full of small coins. The base is also weighted with coins to stop the model wandering about too much.
- The hanging arrangement for the device that does the counting (more on this later).
- The movement mechanism (more on this later too).
Here's a view from looking behind the weight.