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Wearable tech fitness trackers outpace other devices: What to look for

Track your mileage with new gadgets.
Track your mileage with new gadgets.
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In a race to finish first in the gadget world, wearable tech is posed to win. Shipments of high tech bands that monitor fitness have grown 700 percent in just one year, according to Entrepreneur. So what should weight loss and fitness enthusiasts look for when it comes to the perfect device to monitor their marathons, race-walking events or spin class sessions? The high tech world is buzzing about:

Where to find: Check sports stores or online, where we found both the Fitbit One Wireless Activity Plus Sleep Tracker (click for details) and the Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker.

And what of the future? Apple iWatch rumors are ticking. While Google reportedly is contemplating strapping itself into the wearable band field, Jawbone, maker of the UP fitness tracker bangle, also is adding to its market mileage.

The benefits: Fans of these products say that they boost their weight loss by encouraging them to move more and burn more calories.

Dr. Matthew Sims has lost 55 pounds since June, and he told Fox News in a recent interview that he owes his weight loss to Fitbit. It's motivated him to stay on track to meet his goals, and even compete with others.

"You can see your ups and downs. You can see it compared to other people. It shows you your burned calories," Sims says.

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Will we someday wear exercise attire that whispers "You need to run faster; you've only run one mile" in our ears?