Health and Fitness Wearables

Health and Fitness Wearables

Mike S. Butler (Emporia State University, USA) and Paul E. Luebbers (Emporia State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0069-8.ch004
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Abstract

Health and fitness wearable technology has been around for about 45 years. The most common wearables initially included heart rate monitors, pedometers, and GPS systems. While most of these were initially available as stand-alone devices, many are now available in combination devices such as fitness trackers and smart watches. Health and fitness wearables are used in a wide variety of situations including sports, athletics, personal health, fitness, education, and medical settings. A brief history of each wearable is provided, basic functions are explained, selected research is presented, and potential future developments are discussed. Some information is provided regarding current models and features.
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The objectives of this chapter are to provide an overview of the most common health and fitness wearable technologies including research findings as well as perspectives on the past, present, and future of these technologies and discussions of their applications. Issues, controversies, and problems, as identified in the research, are presented for each technology.

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