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Wearable Sensors: It’s Not Just About Steps
Full Article Published in the Journal for Clinical Studies on June 12th, 2019
During the past decade, led by FitBit, Apple, Jawbone, Samsung and many others, the use of wearbale sensors has become widespread in the consumer market. Although the sensors in these wearables generate millions of data points every day, most of the focus has been on counting steps. Doing 10,000 steps a day has become a common benchmark for staying active and fit. For consumers, this is a reasonable approach. Research suggests that step counters encourage individuals to make better choices. In the healthcare community, physical activity, including walking, is related to positive health outcomes, while a sedentary lifestyle is associated with negative health outcomes.