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Sprint and BodyMedia join hands to keep users in touch with their health

Android smartphones using Sprint's network can now monitor their fitness with apps from BodyMedia and armbands that constantly send data about their body to their Android smartphone.

Sprint is going to announce new fitness apps at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in Las Vegas from January 6, according to a press release. About fitness, all that matters is regularity and it is all too easy to start following unhealthy patterns. Not anymore though. Your Android smartphone will know if you exercised as much as you promised you would.

To develop these apps for Android, wireless carrier Sprint partnered with BodyMedia, a brand of fitness monitoring equipment. The apps will continuously send information to the phone about the calories you burn and similar exercise and fitness details.

BodyMedia provides an arm that is to be worn by users throughout the day. It collects data about users’ body activity and how efficiently they sleep. The apps will be free, but the BodyMedia armband will be available for a subscription fee. The armband is wirelessly connected to your Android smartphone and is able to send information to it remotely as well. It is believed that devices which continuously monitor health indicators would increasingly become the trend and doctors would depend on such data to base their diagnoses on.

The idea that body activities can be monitored with relentless precision has already won many followers. There are several ways already available for users inclined towards fitness to monitor their exercises. Some apps provide users with collections of exercises whereas others provide a diet plan. Many devices use and WiFi connectivity to transmit exercise data to the phone and the leading fitness app providers include Nike and Adidas.

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