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Have you tracked your 10,000 steps today? Has anyone else tracked them?

Fitness trackers are big business, helping people get and stay fit, and helping them share their progress with friends – and sometimes with strangers.

Probably the most well-known of these devices (and apps) are the FitBit and apps paired with the Apple Watch, but also include the Moov Now, Samsung Gear Fit, Huawei Band, Tom Tom Spark, and about 350 others. The ability to map your movements is one of the more fun and attractive features about these devices.

FitBit data helps to catch a potential murderer.

Fitness trackers in less light-hearted circumstances can provide evidence in the most serious of cases. At the end of 2015, Richard Dabate told Connecticut law enforcement a tale of a break-in where the robber killed his wife while he was fighting the intruder off. The problem was that subpoenaed records of her FitBit showed her active an hour after the murder was said to have taken place, and that she walked ten times further then what would have taken her into the now-fictional perp’s view. Along with other computer, Facebook, and cellphone evidence, and the fact that Dabate had a pregnant girlfriend he was arrested for the crime. As of this writing, Mr. Dabate is still free on a million dollars bail.

FitBit data helps an innocent man go free

In May of 2016, Nicole Vander Heyder went out on the town in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but never came home. Her bloodied and naked body was found in a farm field nearby. Signs at first pointed to her boyfriend, Doug Detrie, who was arrested but nonetheless seemed shocked at the news and protested his innocence. Detrie was held on a million-dollar bond, but the apparent evidence (blood in the car, in the garage, and a suspicious spot on the sole of his shoe) didn’t hold up (blood in the car wasn’t the victim’s, blood in the garage wasn’t a human’s, and the suspicious spot wasn’t blood) so he was released. Data from Doug’s FitBit showed that he took only about a dozen steps during the time frame in which Nicole died.

DNA evidence from Nicole’s clothes pointed at another man altogether, George Burch. Burch’s Android phone had Google Dashboard data associated with his Gmail account that showed GPS location data leading right to Nicole’s house. Eventually, he was charged, found guilty of first degree murder, and sentenced to life in prison where he still insists he’s innocent.

FitBit data used to try to find a missing person

In July of 2018, Iowa student, Mollie Tibbett went for a jog and hasn’t been seen since. Police have received her FitBit data in an attempt to locate her but haven’t released what they found in that data to the public. It appears that the geolocation information therein wasn’t enough to find her. Additional data from her cell phone and social media accounts has been sifted for clues, but as of August 6, 2018, there are no reports of her being found, although there appear to be people of interest. Hopefully location data from her FitBit will eventually help lead investigators to her current location.

FitBit data banned by the military

You may have heard news stories of late that the Army has expressed concern about military movements and security being compromised by data from fitness trackers and devices like the Apple Watch. A military official was quoted as saying, “The moment a soldier puts on a device that can record high-definition audio and video, take photos, and process and transmit data, it’s very possible for him or her to be tracked or to reveal military secrets… The use of wearables with Internet access, location information, and voice-calling functions should be considered a violation of national security regulations when used by military personnel.” But did you know that this news was from May 2015? And did you know it was a Chinese military official in the Chinese Army newspaper, the Liberation Army Daily?

That’s right, some foreign governments have been banning such devices for years now.

FitBit geolocation data banned by the US Military

In 2013, the DOD distributed 2,500 FitBits to military …

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This new trend of buying smartwatches or fitbits is far from being over. While 2015 was the year of Apple Sports, Garmin Vivoactive and Samsung Gear S, 2016 will continue to be the year people will purchase smartwatches. However, instead of buying more expensive ones, they will go with Fitbits and with gadgets that cost less and have more features, such as Sony SmartBand or Samsung GearFit.

Buying Smartwatches – Why this Trend will Continue to Grow in 2016?

Trends are dictated by people and by the needs of the consumers. More and more people are in desperate need of a device that would keep them accountable and help them keep track of their fitness goals. That’s exactly why they choose to invest in fitbits and smartwatches.

While a FitBit is a tiny health & fitness tracker that clips to your pocket or bra, a smartwatch rests on your wrist. The difference between the two is that a FitBit’s only purpose is to encourage you to stay healthy and gets you moving towards reaching your fitness goals, while a smartwatch has a wide variety of features, including but not limited to receiving notifications, using the GPS, answering calls, taking photos or browsing online. Both devices connect to your smartphone.

People will continue to buy smartwatches because these gadgets will keep amazing them in the near future. Here are 5 big reasons why smartwatches will continue to be hot in 2016:

1. They are More Useful than Ever

For starters, smartwatches are not anymore goofy looking, clumsy and hard to use. The models released at the end of 2015 look much more appealing and have tons of great features. For instance, GALAXY Gear SM-V700 is equipped with a sideways camera that rests on the strap and can take quick photos. Moreover, both Android and iOs platforms have greatly improved and have become more user friendly, offering users a more stable experience with less bugs.

2. Smartwatches are Getting Cheaper by the Day

Another reason to invest in a smartwatch in 2016 is their amazing price. For instance, the first generation Motorola Moto 360 can be purchased with less than $150. The same can be said about Asus Zen Watch. This smartwatch is twice the price it was one year ago.

If you want to test the smartwatch waters, now it’s probably the best time to do so.

3. They Use Technology at a Whole New Level

Smartwatches have managed to nail the tech industry. Even though the arrival of these new gadgets came with a false start, now the manufacturers have been able to greatly refine the design and tweak the technologies used, creating masterpieces equipped with tons of features. For instance, Galaxy Gear S2 is equipped with beautiful rotating bezels that make it look gorgeous on your hand.

You can now use your smartwatch to keep you accountable, answer calls, type messages, record photos, record voice, navigate the internet, buy a new product online or even turn your dorm light off or turn the ignition on from afar.

4. Talking to your Wrist is Quite Fancy

Another reason the smartwatch industry is going to explode in 2016 is the simple message they convey – talking to your wrist is a futuristic action, something that makes you look great and feel in control.

5. A Whole new Market

Smartwatch apps are going to explode, and many developers will make millions of dollars. This industry is growing at an astounding pace, just like the app industry for smartphones. Investing in a new smartwatch helps other people to make a living out of what they love to do.

Buying Fitbits over Apple Smartwatches – A Whole new Trend

More and more people choose to invest in cheaper fitbits instead of spending $400 on an Apple Sports. Even though the Fitbits’ sales have dropped right after Apple smartwatch was launched in April 2015, they have gone up at the end of 2015. At the moment, Fitbit is again at the top of the fitness tracker industry, with over 13 million devices sold only in 2015.

In 2016, experts expect an increase of up to 20% in smartwatch and Fitbit sales, as the population …

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