If you got a fitness tracker to keep tabs on your diet and exercise to help you lose weight, and were disappointed by the results – you’re not alone. A new study suggests the devices don’t improve weight loss for many people. In fact, overweight young adults who did not use fitness trackers during a two-year weight loss study dropped more pounds than those who did use them, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, included 471 people – about three-quarters of them women – ages 18 to 35 who were all overweight. For the first six months of the study, they followed a low calorie diet, got regular exercise and attended weekly group counseling sessions to help support their efforts. At six months, everyone in the program started receiving telephone counseling sessions, text messages with … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Will a fitness tracker really help you lose weight?
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Wearable tech is dedicated to staying on your wrist, but its face is changing fast. Headed into 2015, the wearable market will soon be bidding a slow farewell to the dominance of screen- and app-less fitness wristbands and trackers, like the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone UP, and welcoming in the era of smartwatches, with the Apple Watch front and center. The global fitness wearable market, which includes fitness wristbands, sport watches and smart garments, is expected to shrink next year from 70 million units sold to 68 million, according to a November report from analyst firm Gartner. Smart wristband shipments are expected to fall by 15 percent to 17 million units, while smartwatches are expected to jump 17 percent to 21 million shipments, eclipsing the former as the most successful wearable design to date. The problem? Fitness wristbands, as popular as they have been so far, just don't do enough to excite consumers when compared with devices like the Apple Watch and Motorola's Moto 360 … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo The rise and fall of fitness trackers
Most fitness trackers can measure a lot: steps taken, heart beats, sleep quality and workout performance. That's a lot of data, but are they useful? It depends on what you're looking for. Those new to fitness might want something that's motivational, while those already active might want something sophisticated -- but not necessarily easy to use. Here's a look at fitness devices from four leading manufacturers. Microsoft's Band 2 and Motorola's Moto 360 Sport were excluded from consideration in part because battery life was poor -- tough for marathons of more than four hours. There's a risk your tracker will end up in a drawer after a few months, especially if you get it for free as a gift or as part of a corporate wellness program. Know what you're getting and how you might use it before buying or adding one to your gift list. The recommended devices all claim to be water resistant, so they can withstand sweat or rain. But only Garmin's are designed for swimming and … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How to choose the fitness tracker that’s right for you
Rancho Cordova-based VSP Global embedded a tiny new fitness tracker into the temple of a new line of eyeglasses known as Level smart glasses, and the company is launching sales in the Sacramento region. The devices keep track of information such as the number of steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, and it transmits all the data via Bluetooth technology to a mobile app on smartphones. VSP suggests a retail price of $270. That does not include lenses. “We're thrilled to … offer our members an opportunity to apply their vision care benefits toward the purchase of a meaningful wearable device," said Kate Renwick-Espinosa, president of VSP Vision Care, in a prepared statement. "Level combines expertise from the best of VSP Global's businesses, including health care, fashion, technology and philanthropy." Although the new glasses make it less difficult to forget to wear a fitness tracker, researchers at the University of Southern California found that they won’t … [Read more...] about New eyeglasses with tiny fitness tracker make debut in Sacramento
Alex Lockie, provided by Published 4:23 am, Monday, January 29, 2018 Strava An interactive heat map from the fitness-tracking app Strava appears to have exposed sensitive sites. Hackers or state actors could use the information to find military bases. Bases of multiple nations were exposed, but as the US has the biggest global presence, it stands the most to lose. updated an online map showing the routes of 1 billion workouts in 2017. But in doing so, it seems to have exposed secret US military bases in Turkey, Syria, and Yemen. Strava drew on data from devices like Fitbits or smartphones that people use to track workouts such as runs or bike rides. But fitness-tracker users skew Western, young, and active. In countries like Niger, the heat map appears to highlight the activity of US troops on military bases keeping fit. The result is potentially damning for the US military's operational security. Local Channel Now Playing: Now Playing Santa Ana Border … [Read more...] about A map of fitness-tracker data may have compromised top-secret US military bases around the world