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Wearable Tech Muscles Into Consumer Fitness Market

Wearable fitness devices intrigue more people, says CEA study. Smartphones and wireless connectivity play a big supporting role.

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MedicalQuack
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1/2/2014 | 8:13:40 PM
Go for the companies that don't sell your data...
I wrote about Sensoria when they came out, former Microsoft Healthvault employee started it and David has been emphatic about no data selling wonderful when you looke at the bucks the fitbits, jawbone and Nikes and others get.

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-computer-is-in-your-sockssensors_1.html


Scanadu is good too, they don't sell data. 

Angel open sensor device where you can pick your own software, also good as you can look forward to not being stuck with data selling apps too.

http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/2013/12/open-sensor-company-angel-raises-over.html

 
JohnC318
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12/19/2013 | 2:53:39 PM
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David F. Carr
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12/18/2013 | 9:59:55 PM
Re: Right On
What's the dividing line between experiment and product in Google land?
Thomas Claburn
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12/18/2013 | 6:55:08 PM
Re: Right On
I'd characterize Glass as an experiment rather than a novelty. I think Google is serious about the market, it just isn't sure what there's demand for. Glass will be huge with software like Word Lens, which translates writing in foreign languages, as soon as the form factor stops calling attention to the device.
Kristin Burnham
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12/18/2013 | 6:44:50 PM
Re: Right On
I agree, Michael. Google Glass is a novelty right now, whereas wearable tech in the fitness market could have better staying power. We're seeing it already with gadgets like the FitBit, and I think those are just scratching the surface: As image-obsessed as Americans are, there's no doubt there will be plenty of people waiting in line for the latest and greatest in fitness.
Michael Endler
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12/18/2013 | 3:40:01 PM
Right On
I know some people are skeptical that wearables will be a big deal, but I believe in the potential of these fitness applications. No one has really cracked the right UI and funcitonality yet-- but when/if someone does, we could have devices that not only track exercises but also help you to monitor your health in more meaningful ways (e.g. catching problems or irregularities before they escalate). In coming years, I won't be surprised if we have wearable products that produce measurable health benefits, such as owners who live longer, or who are less likely to develop condition X or Y. Like I said, we're not there yet, and there won't be a healthcare revolution if these devices just track steps, count calaries and sync to phones. But the potential is there. I am much more intrigued by this sort of thing that stuff like Google Glass.
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