With these smartphone ‘swinging cradles,’ people are cheating to get to 10K steps
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Apparently in China people can get discounts on their health insurance (and avoid punishment) if their phone hits 10K steps a day. That’s nearly five miles of exercise they’re expected to get every day.
Well, if there’s a way to cheat something, someone will figure it out. And someone did.
Canadian-born Mark Rowswell, aka Chinese comedian Dashan, tweeted that a restaurant in China is offering a “swinging cradle” for its patrons to hit their daily steps quota while dining, drinking, and smoking.
Seen at a Harbin restaurant: swinging cradle for your phone, I'm told to cheat the "10k steps/day" test & qualify for health insurance discounts, presumably while you relax, eat & drink more, or have another cigarette. pic.twitter.com/LV0leTduAU
— 大山 Dashan (@akaDashan) April 28, 2018
I dug around a bit. It seems these clever devices (called “???“) have been around since at least 2016, as evidenced by this video: