The Potential Behind Wearable Gadgets

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The idea of using a sensor to track one of your bodily functions (say, your heart rate) used to be the domain of the medical industry or professional athletes. Today, it’s something anyone can buy at the Apple Store.

Walk by the accessories section in any store that sells smartphones and you’ll see names like Fitbit, Nike+, Jawbone, Striiv, BodyMedia and others, all selling small devices that listen to your body in one way or another. They often don’t look like much — just a curious tiny thing that often clips to your jeans, straps to your arm or wraps around your wrist — and even their collective name, “wearables,” doesn’t quite capture what they represent. Read more…

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