Published On: Sat, May 1st, 2021

History of Activity Trackers (From Pedometers to Fitbit) Infographic

The birth of the following inventions such as the first lie detector test invented in 1921, the first modern pedometer used to track health and fitness in 1965, accelerometers in 1971, the list goes on. All these developments of the pedometer technology were aimed to make life better by tracking health and movement-related concerns of the people.

Activity Trackers

Before the birth of Fitbit in Cork, here are some other inventions before its publicity in 2007.

1996 GPS Tracking

First used as military equipment in 1996 was the GPS of the Global Positioning System. The latest invention was not available for the public to use until President Bill Clinton opened it up for civilian use, thanks to the 31-satellite constellation that the US government launched; and as of now, the GPS that we have in our fitness trackers are also used to map our exercise routines.

2006 Motion Sensor

During the worldwide era of Nokia phones, it was the Nokia 5500 that was first to have a built-in accelerometer that records movement on three different axes: front to back, up and down, and side to side. This feature allows its owner to monitor calories burned; distance covered, and steps taken during a walk or run.

The Fitbit

Who would have thought that a start-up tech birthed in 2007 would sell out 5,000 units when the first tracker was released at the end of 2009 with 20,000 more orders! It was Fitbit that James Park and Eric Friedman created as a small and wearable sensor that people can make a part of their lifestyle to help them in their need to check on their health and exercise routines. Until now, people look for more smartwatches in Waterford in trusted superstores in Ireland to help them towards a healthy lifestyle.

Learn more about activity trackers through this IRWINS MEGASTORE Infographic.

History of Activity Trackers (From Pedometers to Fitbit) Infographic

Before the present time where we enjoy the smartwatches in Waterford, many inventions were founded through pedometer technology such as polygraphs or lie detectors. The Manpo-Kei measures the 10,000-step program to avoid obesity, to name a few.

Here are more of the other inventions that led eventually led to Fitbit in Cork.

1971 Accelerometers

Accelerometers are devices that can detect the motion of a moving object, such as the sharp deceleration of a vehicle that causes airbags to be deployed during car accidents for the drivers to avoid fatal injuries. Accelerometers are also used in missile technologies to calculate the position, orientation, and velocity of the moving object without external references, and in our time, accelerators are used for step counting to see if a person has already reached the 10,000-step target.

1982 Polar 2000

The forefather of all activity trackers like the one that athletes use is the Polar Sports Tester PE2000. The technology is a combination of the ECG or electrocardiogram and a radio chest strap. After almost two years, PE3000 was released in 1984 as the first watch that has a biometric display that was later introduced as Target Zones as a device for an athlete’s heart rate-based training in 1987.

The Fitbit

What started as a hardware tech start-up in 2007 became a powerhouse tech in just ten years. James Park and Eric Friedman created small and wearable sensors to address the changing times without compromising people’s need to check on their health and exercise routines. Up until now, people look for Fitbit Cork in trusted superstores in Ireland to track their hours of sleep and calorie burn; some of these Fitbit products can be clipped on clothes to be worn or as watches connected to their smartphone devices.

Learn more about activity trackers through this IRWINS MEGASTORE Infographic.

History of Activity Trackers (From Pedometers to Fitbit) [Infographic]

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