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Sensors track steps, pulse, diet and much more

Sensors track steps, pulse, diet and much more

SAN FRANCISCO: Sensors track steps, pulse, diet and more marking it a wearable computing fashion style as they advance. Smart bracelets, watches, and pendants increasingly adorned the techno-chic, and for some even their dogs sported medallions tracking whether they nap too much and run too little.
Data gathered by sensors is fed to smartphones or tablets, where applications figure out how people or their pets are doing when it comes to fit lifestyles.
A nascent “quantified self” movement that picked up pace this year is expected to bolt ahead in 2015, with a boost from the launch of an Apple Watch tuned for fitness and much more.
“We do tend to get a little more excited about stuff that is all about us,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley.
Sensors in things we wear allow automated observations about daily activities to be scrutinized by computers in online datacenters, which may one day be able to anticipate people’s needs.
Industry trackers note that many people who bought fitness bands tended to abandon them, perhaps because the pure novelty of comparing step-counts with friends wears off.