History of Activity Trackers (From Pedometers to Fitbit)

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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 Infographic Irwinsmegastore.ie