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Most Consumers Don't Tote Wearables to the Gym—Yet

Internet users interested in wearable health devices to track fitness

Wearables are a hot topic at the moment. There’s been talk recently about the future of notifications on such devices, fashion brands such as Tory Burch and Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) have partnered with tech companies to make wearables more stylish, and GE is testing Google Glass to see how the technology could help boost efficiency in its car factories. In April 2014, International Data Corporation predicted that wearable device shipments worldwide would rise more than 488.9% between 2014 and 2018, from 19.0 million to 111.9 million.

Consumers have reported using mobile health and fitness apps to get in shape, and many industry sources believe that wearables are next. March 2014 polling by Makovsky Health and Kelton Research found high interest in wearable health and fitness devices: 81% of US internet users said they would use one. Tracking fitness was the top reason, cited by 48%. Keeping up with personal health issues landed in second place, while tracking diet and nutrition ranked third.

However, wearable health and fitness devices have a long way to go before they’re standard gym gear. In a June 2014 Opera Mediaworks study, just 2.5% of US smartphone users said they used wearable fitness and activity trackers while exercising. However, usage was relatively low for all devices except smartphones (57.7% of respondents). While the future may be bright for wearables, do-all smartphones are still No. 1 when exercisers need to pump it up.

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