Apple May Be Developing Fitness-tracking Headphones

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Health and fitness tracking could be one of the primary new focuses for Apples next mobile software update. Apple news site 9to5Mac claimed that Apple was developing a new Healthbook app to collect and store data on fitness activities, including steps taken, calories burned, and distance walked. The Healthbook app was said to target medical and health data, tracking a persons heart rate and blood pressure, as well as other blood-related statistics like glucose levels, something a pair of sensor-packed earphones could link into as well as a smartwatch. Apple already holds patents for the collection of sensory information, including blood-pressure monitoring , but it is unclear whether that technology is mature enough to build into a smartwatch or earphone-like device. The whole sensor field is going to explode, said Tim Cook in an interview in 2013 .
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The New Fitness Gear I Can’t Wait to Try

That is, until I started to break into hives on my wrist. The times I was most curious about my fitness was during exercise, but the sweat made my wrist itchy underneath the tracker. So much for that idea. Overall I still love the concept of these new trackers, for people who are regularly active and for motivating those who should be moving more for better health. In the future these devices should also be able to help those with medical conditions and even the elderly.
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Planet Fitness Announces Strong Growth In 2013

Garmin said on Wednesday it expects revenue to grow 10-15 percent from businesses other than its personal navigation device unit, where revenue is expected to fall 10-15 percent. The forecast implies that sales from personal navigation devices will account for less than half of the company’s revenue this year. Sales from the personal navigation devices unit fell 12 percent to $382.5 million in the fourth quarter, while sales from all other units combined rose 14 percent to account for nearly half of the company’s total sales of $759.7 million. Much of that was driven by strong sales in the company’s aviation and fitness businesses. Aviation unit sales jumped 25 percent to $87.4 million in the quarter.
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Aviation, p90X3 fitness sales drive Garmin profit; shares jump

and today announced strong growth results for 2013. The company opened 149 new Planet Fitness clubs and signed more than 200 new franchise agreements. With more than 750 locations nationwide, Planet Fitness has more than tripled in size in the last five years alone, from 242 clubs in 2008 to 749 at the end of 2013. (Logo: ) “2013 was a record year for Planet Fitness’ growth,” said Brian Belmont, executive vice president of development and operations. “Not only did we open the most locations in the company’s history, more than 90% of new clubs were opened by existing franchisees which reinforces their confidence and commitment to growing the brand.
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