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My partner brought this for me Christmas 2009 and I absolutley love it.
In the box you get 2 pedometers and the ds game. The pedometers come so you can either just put them in your pocket or can attach a clip to the pack and wear them on your trousers. You wear your pedometer each day and it counts your steps taken. It comes with 2 so you are able to play with friends or family and you can buy extra pedometers and have up to four players at one time. You also have the option of attaching it to your dog though i am not sure how effective this would be lol.
You set your pedometer up for your target amount of steps for the next day and away you go. The pedometer light will flash red until your your step target is reached and it will then turn to green. The pedometer holds our data for up to a month so you do not have to update eveyday though i fnd it best to if you want to stay motivated. When you update your steps you link to pedometer to your ds through infared once your steps are on the console you have the choice of extra features to do with them these include walk the world where your steps go to 'walking the world' and unlocking different pictures from various countrys. Or illuminate where your steps go to lighting up a little village they are just small features for added entertainment.
Every day you are also set a challenge for the next day such as have time for you or move more and then you answer whether you have completed that task the next day. You are then asked to answer how that day has been for you in different faces. Your data is then saved and you can look back and see whether you have met your target on each day green face mean met red face means not met.
It is simple yet i find it motivating myself and my boyfriend have competitions to see who can walk the most in aday (sadly he usually wins as his job is more physical than mine but this has only pushed me to move more) The only downside is that you have to link it to ds to see how close to your target you are.
I set my target at 9000 steps per day and since December have managed to loose 1stone just through walking extra I wear mine everyday as it's discreet enough no one else has to know your wearing it not like some hearty pedometers I have seen before. It's simple yet brilliant.
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Walk with me is a pedometer "game" for the ds. The pack contains the game cartridge, instructions, 2 peodmeters - one white, one black and 2 peodmeter belt clip holders.
The pedometers are a similar size to a memory card and have a slot where you can attach them to an lanyard (advisable if you lose things as easily as I do!)
In the game you use a mii you can either download it from the wii (very cool to watch it landing) or create your own on the ds. Your mii does your walking for you when the data is transfered.
The idea of the "game" is to carry the pedometer around all day and at the end of the day see how many steps you've taken. To transfer the info you just press a button on the pedometer and point it at the ds. The information lets you plot your waling rhytmn - see when you're most active and when you're lesat active. This info can be displayed in graphs. When the info has gone into the ds you can play a few "games" with it. In you Walk the World you make pictures with your steps relating to random things around the globe. Some pictures take a few thousand steps whilst others take tens of thousands. You can also see how much electricity you have made with your steps. If you're sharing the game with someone (there are 2 pedometers and you can buy extras) and your both active at the same time of day it says "synchro" which is probably the highlight of this "game".
It is possible to upload your steps and download others' steps. Walkers are currently collecting steps to walk to Mars and have previously walked to the moon! You also get your place in the world ranking although I can't honestly see how some of the steps are acheived by the people who rank in the top three.
I bought this about 5 months ago and to be honest it has only started gathering dust in the last few weeks. Although I am thinking of resurecting it when I go on holiday next week, think it would be interesting to see how much walking I actually do when I'm supposed to relaxing!
Also think it makes it more interesting to have 2 people (or 1 person and a dog as suggested in the instructions) as it makes it a bit competitive, especially as there are only 100 picture to create in Walk the World and I know I want to have won more of them than Him-indoors!
this high piece of tech called walk with me is the perfect piece of kit for any walker, as you can probably see on the picture you get two pedometers that you attach to yourself and just walk like normal you can then connect them up with your nintendo DS and it tells you exactly how many steps youve done.
it also tells you how much youve lost in calories, so its good for any dieter so get yourself to your nearest store that sells it and if you can get your hands on this piece of gold dust then i advise you to buy buy buy.
in my opinion this game is one of the best games there is for the DS so go and get one, please i dont want anyone to miss out on these beauties.
plus the good things are the weight of them is, as little as 12 grams (wow)
and they are only £29.99 so they are exceptional value for money.
I love the Wii Fit, but since moving back with parents to save money, my partner took ownership of the Wii and I miss it. I've solved the Mario Kart withdrawal but getting to DS version which is amazing, and now I have Walk with Me for the DS. So is this the DS trying to get to the Wii Fit market?
Walk with me, is exactly that. All you do is walk, and the DS monitors this. It's really a high tech pedometer and the DS records the stats.
In the Walk with me pack, you get two activity meters, one white one black, the DS cartridge and a hefty instruction manual, which contains instructions in a million different languages.
The bit I like about Walk with me the most is that you have your own mii. I've not seen a game on the DS where you can have a mii yet. There are all the facilities you would have on the wii to make one- changing the eyes, hair, eyebrows, mouth, shape of the face, favourite colour etc. Sad, I know but I miss my little mii as I don't see her as much as I used to. There is the facility to import your mii from your wii to your DS, but I had changed my hair since my last mii was made so I made a new one, plus I just love building miis. We've got miis of people on the wii that have never even used it but I just like building them, a game in itself! There are probably already more, but this is the first time I've had a game that interacts with the wii like this, and I'm sure in time Nintendo will use this a lot more to cross the DS and wii (which will of course encourage everyone to own both of their best selling consoles.)
After you've made you mii, it's time to set up your profile. It's important to make sure the clock on your DS is right, as this is what the activity meters set the time by. There is a prompt to change it if it's wrong. To transfer information from the DS to the activity meter or vice versa, the game card is infra red so you just need to hold them about 10cm apart and press the button on the meter for just a second. You need to do this every time you change settings on the DS, or when you want to transfer the step count from the meter to be saved on the DS.
To record your step data simply carry the tiny meter around with you all day, either in a pocket or bag, or there is a clip supplied for each meter that you can attach and clip onto your trousers for example.
At the end of the day, go into 'check my rhythm' on the Walk with me menu and use the button on the meter to transfer the data. There is a little cartoon version of the activity meter who talks you through the results and give you mini targets for each day. I think these are a bit pointless, such as 'try to walk as much as possible' and 'enjoy your meals.' In addition to this there is a step target to achieve which to begin with is set at 3,000. I found I was blitzing 3,000 every day, and found there was the ability it change it yourself. My average for the week was 11,000 so I set it at that. You can change this up or down as much as you like, meaning it's quite easy to manipulate. I would have thought it would be a lot better to have a more structured way as to when the target increases and by how much.
The data collected form the activity meter can be viewed in a number of different ways under. 'Records' on the Walk with me menu. The most helpful of these, I found, is rhythm graphs. This is like a little walking timeline for the day, which is colour coded in blocks, white for little or no movement, blue for steady walking around and red for active, non stop walking. It's very easy to see at which part of the day you are most active and for how long, you can compare this to other days too to see your walking rhythm. I work shifts and it's clear form mine I have no routine whatsoever.
Other graphs can show your walking rhythm in more detail, on which you can write notes to explain anomalies, or reminders for example. You can also view the number of steps taken on calendar. For each day to complete with Walk with me, you have a stamp on your calender, another detail borrowed from the wii fit. You can also check how the amount of steps taken differs every day in a simple 'steps against date' line graph.
As well as simply recording the data, you can 'Play with Records.'This I feel is the weakest section of the 'game.' There are two 'games' on here that use the amount of steps sone that day. The first is a world map on which there are 100 items to unlock based on the amount of steps you've done. This is interesting for the first couple of times, but I soon tired of this. Even less inventive is the 'Illuminate' feature which shows how much power you are generating based on your walking. You mii runs on a treadmill until the steps are used up and gives a results from table lamp to city at night. I got to city at night by the third day and it doesn't go any higher, so that soon lost it's novelty factor too.
The other way to play with your records is to use the DS wifi connection and see how high you rank with user all over the world. Also, you can combine the steps with others to see how far into space you've travelled. Clever ideas, but again I'm sure the novelty wears off after a while.
I've been using the Walk with me programme for a few weeks now and I must admit, I'm now contemplating leaving it alone now. It has been interesting to see my walking patterns and how they differ from day to day but there is not enough substance to the programme to keep interest. I thought this would encourage me to walk more by setting challenges for example but it doesn't, and the ability to change the step target whenever you feel like it makes it seem pointless having one at all.
The 'Play with records' section may as well not be there at all for all that it adds, and I do think Nintendo are missing a trick. The ability of the activity meter and DS to record data could be used to great effect, with many different games and keep fit regimes, but Walk with me just doesn't have enough substance. This could have been the Wii Fit phenomenon for the DS, but it seems to be destined for the bargain bin of game along with along of other poorly conceived titles.
I mentioned that there are two activity meters supplied, I've only used one but you can record two peoples data or even that of a dog. This would add a certain competitive side to the game, but only in that you can see who's done the most steps by looking at the records. Nintendo could have embellished on this competition side of it too.
Maybe this is just the warm up game to test the technology and there will be another game out to rival the Wii Fit, so we can all spend a little bit more money.
I spent £37.87 on this product from Tesco, which is fairly typical of the price you'll pay for this in most places. For this amount of money I was expecting a lot more from Walk with Me, it had the potential to be so much better.
I had this on my list of things I'd like for my birthday and my lovely other half went out and bought it for me. I've had a quick internet search so I can tell you the retail price and it can be found for about £35.
It's now 10 months since having our second child and there's a bit of baby weight yet to go away so that is why I was after this product. One of my weight loss plans is to do more walking and I'd hoped this would help. In basic terms it's a pedometer that you link to you Nintendo DS at the end of the day to see how many steps you've taken and how active you were throughout the day. Your steps and activity is broken down into the hours of the day and you are compared to an animal in terms of activity ... I am currently a daytime active, galloping horse! Better then the busy ant I was at the start!
My son seems to want everything that I have at the moment so it was good that this came with two activity meters (one white & one black). We set them up together and he puts his on his shoes. Needless to say he is a lot more active then I am. When you set up the activity meters you can flick through a bunch of cartoon characters to represent you. I picked one that looked like me and dressed it in my favourite colour (green) and even gave it my wonky eyebrows, whilst my son decided he wanted his to be a girl with dreadlocks! As you all may have noticed from past reviews my son is rather odd but oh well ... he's happy! Apparently you can hook an activity meter to a pet to find out their walking rhythm but to be honest with our lazy animals I'm not going to bother.
The activity meter gives an adult a starting goal of 3,000 steps. If you reach this target every day for seven days it will then be moved up by another 1,000 steps and so on. The little light on the front of the meter will flash red until you reach your target and then it will flash green. Mine's flashing red at the moment and I won't be happy until
It's green! Grrr!
You can look at previous days, weeks, months, year's data when you fancy seeing if there are different times when you are more or less active. I had at first been a bit afraid that putting the data into the DS was going to be complicated but it's inferred and easy peasy so problem solved! I saw in my DS yesterday that the day switches from one to the next at 3am. Not sure why not midnight but maybe it's for those night owls out there. You have a choice of stamping the day with happy faces or frown faces although it would probably represent me better if I could stamp a stressed out crazy woman face! By looking at the records saved onto the DS you can look at your own stats or compare yourself with others registered (like my son). I went into view records this morning to put a few notes on so remind myself what was going on in my life at the time such as the day last week when it seemed I was hiking all over the country. In reality my little one had swine flu and I was walking him around the whole day to keep him calm.
Walk the World!
There is a setting where you can mark on a picture of the earth how much walking you've done which I still think is rather fun and it makes my sons' jaw drop! Apparently there are a number of activities you can do by visiting the pictures on the map and my son says they are cool but I have not yet done them myself (I'll update when I have).
I try to hide this from my other half as he'd surely make fun of me but I'm not overly hip to the Wi-Fi connection stuff. And this coming from a computer programmer! I got hold of my DS last night and decided I was going to give it a go! My son had seen on an advert for this product that you could compare your daily steps and activity with other around the world. The instruction booklet gave a step by step guide to connecting so there was no hassle. He combined his step totals with others to see how far into space they could walk which he thought was super cool!
I read a review before getting this that if you wear both meters at once they will give different data and thus aren't accurate. I've done my own testing and they did give different data but only by about 10 steps and to be honest I'm not bothered about it being perfectly accurate. I do agree with some that have said Nintendo could have done a bit more with it such as games and stuff but I'm still happy with it as is.
Thinking about it if I hadn't gotten it as a present I would have most likely waited for the price to come down. For what it is I think it's better off priced at £25
UPDATE! Just seen and advert of tele for a DS system just like this one but it's called active health and looking at it I kinda wish I'd gotten that one. It gives you exercise ideas, cooking ideas and activities to do! oh well I'm still happy with mine!
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Includes Two Activity Meters