The growing number of sensors in devices and the symbiotic relationship between the latest hardware and the apps that enrich them were picked out as 2011 CES trends to watch by analysts from the Consumer Electronics Association on Tuesday. Fitness, health and sporting activities are new areas being exploited – among the gadgets highlighted at the CEA’s opening press conference were Zeal Optics’ Transcend ski goggles, which feature a heads-up display as you race down the mountain, showing speed, distance covered, temperature and altitude – the latter statistic measured using a pressure sensor. Read more

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get fit and healthier, there’s a guide to some effective gadgets and apps to monitor your progress in this week’s Personal Technology column in the FT’s Business Life section. I looked at the BodyMedia Fit armband, Fitbit gadget, Withings Wi-Fi scale and the Runkeeper app (its Pro version has just been made free for January). Read more