To improve employee health, gadget tracks every move

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Does exercise have to mean jogging, sweat and tears? Not according to Philips, whose DirectLife personal fitness programme aims to help people adopt a more active lifestyle by monitoring and motivating them in their daily activities. Like Fitbit which we covered in October, DirectLife is based around a wearable device that uses a 3D digital accelerometer to track a person’s movements. The data is uploaded via USB to a personal web-page, where it’s matched against daily targets, long-term goals, and (optionally) other users.