The global demand for wearables is reported to be worth more than $15 billion worldwide and these apps are ubiquitous on everyone's wrists from ultra marathon athletes to casual gym goers. Since the humble pedometer, fitness trackers have come a long way but many will be shocked that the history of such tools dates back to the 1700's.
Horologist and inventor Abraham-Louis Perrelet is credited with developing the first, though primitive, pedometer, although it was proposed that American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson would later create his own mechanical pedometer, improving the original version of Perrelet.
Although we know them today, fitness trackers first appeared with the Manpo-kei in 1965, which translates to '10,000 steps meter' and was invented by Dr Yoshiro Hatano. Dr Hatano, a Japanese professor at the University of Health and Welfare in Kyushu, was at the time researching how to combat obesity.
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