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TomTom’s GPS


watches allow users to track distance, swim metrics and cadence on bikes


Google’s GlassFit creates a virtual game, using the power of competition as motivation


of the future will become even easier to use, with consumers able to launch apps through their glasses or watches without having to make adjustments on a mobile device while training. For example, judging by Google’s trial


videos for the Glass, users will be able to use speech commands to select an app while wearing the device: the app will then open in the viewer’s visual fi eld. One fi tness app in development is GlassFit, which creates a virtual game for the user. The app displays a virtual opponent in the user’s fi eld of vision, who they then race against to beat personal bests. GlassFit is being designed to cater for both runners and cyclists, using the power of


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competition as motivation. The app will also feature hundreds of fi tness-related features, ranging from basic stretching routines through to full-scale fi tness entertainment games. Not only will the new devices make life


easier for consumers, but they will also lead to even more fi tness applications being developed, giving consumers an increasingly advanced and comprehensive choice of what to use when they work out. Indeed, health and fi tness businesses will be able to develop their own applications or personalise and sponsor others, creating a more individual and brand-related fi tness experience for those who use their services.


GPS watches GPS watches are becoming increasingly popular as more models enter the marketplace, in turn driving down unit cost and making the devices available to a wider variety of people. Most GPS watches allow users to


track more specifi c data than standard tracking devices, with many harnessing pulse reading technology. High-end GPS watches also allow users to monitor altitude. This means users can manage and assess their regimes and look at ways of making them more effective at certain points in their workout. There’s also the added benefi t of being able to track time-sensitive progress and tell the


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