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Posted:
Oct 28, 2016

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New virtual reality fitness apps aim to make exercise less tedious

This year, high-end virtual reality headsets such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have finally hit the market, putting immersive multimedia in the hands of consumers. While the industry has focused primarily on gaming and entertainment, a handful of start-ups are choosing a different route: fitness and...

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Jul 12, 2016

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How ‘Pokémon Go’ Became Your Favorite New Fitness App

When Jillian Ploetz first tried Pokémon Go this past Saturday, she decided it was lame and handed it off to her kids.

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This University Is Making its Students Wear Fitbits

Oral Roberts University has made it mandatory for all incoming students to wear Fitbits.The college has a fitness requirement as part of what it calls a “Whole Person Education.” Wearable technology is an update to its previous tracking method of recording activity in a fitness journal, according a...

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Fitness Trackers Move to Earphones, Socks and Basketballs

Devices collect more kinds of data from more places, and one stores the energy from your movements for use to power your device.

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Can This New App Use Fitbits to Transform Care for the Elderly?

Inevitably, those responsible for elderly or infirm relatives outside the home must live with a degree of uncertainty, not always confident about how and when they need to intervene. Now Care|Mind, a new smartphone app that allows its users to remotely track the vitals of their loved ones,...

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The Rise of Consumer Health Wearables: Promises and Barriers

Will consumer wearable technology ever be adopted or accepted by the medical community? Patients and practitioners regularly use digital technology (e.g., thermometers and glucose monitors) to identify and discuss symptoms.

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Health apps top 165,000 in U.S.

Smartphone users have more than 165,000 apps available to help them stay healthy or monitor a medical condition, but only three dozen account for nearly half of all downloads, according to a new report.

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The Ennui of the Fitbit

Some people wear their fitness trackers regularly, relying on them to get, and stay, in shape. Many others, however, abandon them, consigning them to junk drawers, obliging relatives, and the junk drawers of obliging relatives.

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Giving Out Private Data for Discount in Insurance

Andrew Thomas’s life insurer knows exactly when he arrives at his local gym. The company is notified when he swipes his membership card, and 30 minutes later, it checks that he is still there, tracking his location through his smartphone.

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