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Mobility - The Coming Wave of Tablets and the Fitness Industry

There is a wave of new tablet devices hitting the market. Now RIM will be announcing their latest addition. As a recent WSJ article reported, "The tablet, which some inside RIM are calling the BlackPad, is scheduled for release in the fourth quarter of this year...... It will feature a seven-inch touch screen and one or two built-in cameras. It will have Bluetooth and broadband connections but will only be able to connect to cellular networks through a BlackBerry smartphone, these people said. Since the tablet won't be sold with a cellular service, it's not clear which carriers or retailers will sell the device."

Still, RIM's tablet will face stiff competition in an increasingly crowded market. The launch of Apple's iPad in April sparked a rush to build similar devices by a raft of firms from Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. to Taiwan's Acer Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. and Dell Inc. of the U.S. Many of those competing tablets will run Android, meaning RIM's new operating system will go head-to-head with Apple and Google offerings in tablets as well.

How will Tablet Devices influence the fitness industry ? A new wave of technologies will enable devices to be on the fitness floor in a more interactive and functional way. Think of the possibilities for personal trainers, group fitness instructors and fitness managers, for example, who dont have to be glued to a monitor to see realtime information or to provide information to members. If you're not dialed into how tablets can make a difference in the fitness industry contact me and I'll tell you more.



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Bryan O’Rourke is a health club industry expert, technologist, financier, shareholder and executive in several fitness companies. He consults with global brands, serves as a member of the GGFA Think Tank, is President of the Fitness Industry Technology Council and a partner in FitmarcIntegerusFitsomo and the Flywheel Group. To learn more contact Bryan here today .