Wear Stand Up Alert

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Summary

(from the Play Store description)

INITIAL SETUP
Enable “Inactivity tracking”, and do your sitting work for an hour or so. The activity chart will show you how many steps were – falsely – detected when you just worked at your desk. Set movement goal slightly higher than the number of false detected steps in the sample hour.

IN PRACTICE
If you don’t get up for a period of time, the watch will remind you: Do not dismiss the notification if you are not in a situation when you can stand up. It will not alert you until you do get to get up

SET AND FORGET
In day to day practice this is a fully automatic app. You set the active hours of the day, reminder frequency and the limit based on your watch, then it will politely do its thing. No more fiddling necessary.

NEVER DISTURBS
It will not frustrate you with unwanted, repeated alerts: if you are not in a situation when you can get up, just keep the notification. It will go away automatically as soon as you get to get up. No repeat alerts.

FALSE STEP DETECTS
Our watches do a good job of differentiating steps from other movements, but there will always be mistakes. Experience:
►Moto 360 (1st gen) 20-30 false detects / hour
►Huawei Watch 60-80 / hour

ACTIVITY CHART
Shows your steps in the last 8 x 15 minutes (2 hours). Watches may differ in step detection. You will see what your particular watch detects. Note: the activity chart will only appear after 15-30 minutes following installation (and only if there was at least one step detected).

Details

If obey “do not disturb” is unchecked, you will get notifications even when the Do-no-disturb mode is enabled on your watch

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Notification

Make sure to check the option “Notification card” so you get notifications like this on your wrist:

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(Given that you enable the peek-card notifications in the Bubble Cloud watch face – otherwise you just get the usual “notification dot” (how to hide it) on the watch face and you can swipe up to see Standup alert being the top item)
  • If you cannot stand up, do not dismiss the Standup Alert notification, because if you do, it will notify you again in an hour. As long as the notification is active, the app will not notify you again.
  • On the other hand if you do stand up and complete the hourly steps goal (set to 100 for me) the card will auto-dismiss as soon as you reach the hourly goal.

Example: I set the watch to vibrate 3 times when I need to stand up, and I even set it to vibrate once when I complete the steps goal, some people don’t like the completion vibration, you can control both to your liking:

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100/60min means: my goal is to take 100 steps every 60 minutes between 8AM and midnight. If I don’t I get a notification.

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With the Huawei Watch 2 for example you might need to set a high steps goal, because the watch tends to register a lot of “phantom steps”, (hand movements identified as steps). The chart helps you to see how many steps were detected in each 15 minutes in the past 2 hours. Work at your desk / watch a tv show for an hour, and see how many steps are shown in the chart for the last 4 slots. Set that as the base. For me it’s between 70-80, so I set my hourly steps goal slightly above that
Watch face complication
You can also use the Standupalert watch face complication (it is intended mostly for those who don’t use Bubble Cloud as their watch face, but works well either way).
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The watch face complication works the same way in every watch face, it does not require Bubble Cloud:
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The progress around the circle can mean either of 2 things:
  1. Always show steps: yes it shows you have achieved 75% of your hourly steps goal. Please note this percentage will go down as you sit longer than an hour (or your programmed alert period).
  2. Timeout then steps: while you are sitting, the progress meter will correspond to the percentage of your alert period (if your alert period is the default 1 hour, the 75% could mean about 75% of the hour (60-17 minutes) is still remaining before you should stand up). In this mode the after you do stand up the circle will show you how close you are to meeting the hourly steps goal and this way clearing the alarm.
In short: the progress bar always shows you your steps progress when the watch tells you to stand up. But mode #2 lets you change this to kind of an hourglass where the time counts backwards before you have to stand up.
Color codes in Bubble Cloud watch face complications
Bubble Cloud shows progress type watch face complications slightly differently, instead of the circle completing, the bubble (or the text in the bubble) will change its color from green to red (when it’s red, it’s time to get up!)
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Watch face complication icons
Here are the explanations of the icons: (they are also in the Play Store description)
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You will see the standing man with the raised hands when the app encourages you to stand up. The 43 minutes means you have not met your hourly goal in the last 43 minutes!  It will switch back to the walking man as soon as enough steps are detected. And when you sit down, after a while it will show the sitting man with the timer. When you pass the inactivity time you set (1 hour by default) you will again see the standing man with the raised hands.
If you connect a charger, turn off inactivity tracking or outside of configured office hours the no-alarm (crossed bell) icon will show.
The sitting man with 21m means the watch detected you have been sitting for about 21 minutes.
Chart

The chart mentioned above can be viewed both in the watch app and in the “Stand up alert” section of the Bubble Cloud app:

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The chart shows you how many steps were detected in the last 2 hours (in 15 minute resolution). “:51” is minutes of the hour, the value on top is the step count. You can touch the columns in the chart, and it will give you a little bit more explanation.

Bubble Cloud integration

As a bonus to Bubble Cloud users, they can configure Wear StandUp Alert using the Bubble Cloud app on their phones. The following settings work well on a Huawei Watch 2 for example (other watches might have different step count sensitivity):
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Notes:
  • Many options, including the “Stand up Alert” section works without any limitation in the free version of Bubble Clouds. No Premium/Pro purchase necessary.
  • You can also disable every other function of Bubble Clouds, and simply use the app to give you easy access to the settings of Wear Stand Up Alert using your phone (instead of the tiny screen of the watch)
  • Moreover, since Wear Stand Up Alert is a “set and forget” type of app, after the initial configuration you might never even need to alter the settings, the app will just work in the background and alert you when it finds you sitting for too long.
  • Every setting is available on the watch itself. Using the settings on the phone only differs in convenience.
Get it on Google PlayWear Stand Up Alert is a small utility, the main idea is that it will buzz your wrist if you sit too long, and you can quickly glance on the watch to see how long you have been sitting and whether you should take a break or not yet.

Author: greg

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