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Growing health awareness, functionality help boost popularity

An app for a smartphone can count a wearer's steps and hours of sleep.

SHANGHAI -- As Chinese consumers look to drop a few pounds, they are increasingly strapping on high-tech devices to monitor their caloric intake, fitness level and other health-related stats. Research company Enfodesk projects the market for such gadgets will be worth 13.5 billion yuan ($2.15 billion) in 2015, a sixfold increase on the year.

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