Tech Explained: Fitness Trackers

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Just a few years ago, fitness trackers were not much more than digital step counters. As fitness trackers have developed, manufacturers have packed more and more sensors into the devices. Today, they do everything from measuring heart rate to advising when you have had enough sun. So, how do they work, and what can we expect from the future of fitness trackers? Trackers today still use accelerometers to measure orientation and acceleration force. This enables trackers to determine the position of a user and the amount of steps taken. An altimeter measures altitude, which the software can translate into the…

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