Fitbits and other trackers are just the latest iteration of the fitness industry's relationship with technology.
Sales of Apple smartwatches are increasing, while Fitbit sales are on the decline.
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Research shows that people's social networks, employment conditions and life stages all impact their use of wearable devices. Understanding these factors can help you achieve your fitness goals.
Digital fitness trackers may look cool, but many teenagers don't want them in PE lessons.
A log of your preexisting conditions?
Soon, wearable fitness devices will be able to diagnose diseases. Could that lead insurers to deny coverage to people based on their data alone?
Can technology keep you moving?
Do fitness trackers work? For how long? And are they more than just a passing fad? We explore what you need to know about fitness trackers.
Apple Watch: Sport over style?
Forget high-end design and cutting-edge communication. The new Watch is a fitness device and heralds a shift for the company – from enabling self-expression to nudging users toward self-mastery.
New technologies provide limitless opportunities for getting kids active.
We need children to get hold of their fitness levels - literally.
Wearable technology can help motivate children to exercise.
Fitbit and other wearable technology are good for keeping track of your personal fitness. But should they be used by school children?
The quantified self.
To tackle obesity, the NHS is experimenting with financial incentives, dieting clubs and free exercise classes. But what about prescribing digital fitness trackers?
The UK government's move to electronically track criminals on parole shows how wearable technology can become a virtual prison.
Walking challenges attract people who are already active.
While walking is a great way to get people moving, evidence has found the program doesn't target people who need it the most, and people swap high intensity exercise for more steps.
Fitness trackers make activity into a contest.
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The human psyche loves a challenge as well as a pat on the back for achievement. Pervasive computing taps into these drives to 'gamify' aspects of life that are typically not games or even much fun.
Hype before evidence.
They're flying off the shelves but here's what you need to know about whether fitness tracking devices work.
Wearable technology could help us manage our own health but separate us from our doctors as they drown in data.