According to analyst Mintel, health-focused wearables are soaring in the UK – with over three million wrist-mounted devices sold in 2015 alone, 63% of which were fitness bands. The company estimates that as many as one in seven Brits currently owns some form of wearable technology.
In many ways, wearable tech is a logical evolution of the smartphone – why carry a device that's with you at all times when you can just wear it? Handsets are expected to be with us for a while yet, but it seems likely that the future will see devices blend seamlessly with our clothing.
As the technology is still fairly new, there's not much research on how effective these devices are in the long term. But there is anecdotal evidence to suggest people who wear them tend to feel more motivated to stay on top of their fitness goals.