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Apple’s New Pedometer: An iWatch In The Future?

As Apple continues to be the leader in innovative technology users are wondering when they will be able to purchase an Apple iWatch from their local retailer. With Apple’s latest patent they may be one step closer to making it happen.

The benefits of walking have been well documented. Walking can help with high blood pressure, controlling your weight and relieving stress. There are ways to calculate how many steps it takes an individual to complete a mile long walk, but using a pedometer is much easier. A pedometer is a device that is used to help with an individual’s fitness routine and in the past was worn on the trunk of the body. The trunk-worn device would track the movements of a person’s hips in order to count how many steps an individual would take on their walk. In the past the wrist pedometer has not been that successful in tracking a user’s movement due to the fact that when a person takes a walk their arms swing by their sides. This movement of the arm swing would interfere with the way a person’s acceleration is measured and would calculate false steps into the equation.

With Apple’s new patent, they have improved greatly the ability to track step detection while being worn on the wrist. This is not Apple’s first venture into this direction; the Apple iPod Nano has a built in accelerometer which measures acceleration. The accelerometer is available in both the 5th and 6th generation of the iPod Nano.

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