By Larry Magid

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Health apps and devices are a prominent feature at the Consumer Electronics Show currently underway in Las Vegas. I tried out one app, Fitbug, and 5,000 steps later, I’ll tell you exactly how it works.

Others can access the website that displays exactly how many steps I’ve taken, because there’s a digital pedometer with a Bluetooth connection with my iPhone. My iPhone runs the app that not only reports to me (apparently I’ve walked about a mile and a half since I’ve picked up this device) but it also can be accessed from a website for tracking.

This was just one of many examples of a connected fitness device seen here at the show in Vegas. They’re all over the place and include; glucose monitors, blood-pressure monitors and watches that measure your heart rate. Of course these can all be transmitted through Android devices in addition to the iPhone version.

It’s all about connecting people to their own health and storing that information in the cloud. The fitness part of CES has grown by about 25 percent this year.

The Fitbug should not be confused with the Fitbit, which is another type of electronic health device.

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