activity tracking app

By Jonah Comstock January 10, 2017
Greenville, South Carolina-based Proactive MD, which offers onsite health management services to employers (including full direct primary care services) has acquired Charlotte, North Carolina-based Verimoov, an employee wellness and patient engagement company offering a mobile app to track employees' movement and activity. The terms of the acquisition were undisclosed. "It is our vision to...
By Heather Mack December 7, 2016
Medical device maker Medtronic has teamed up with Fitbit to integrate physical activity data with blood glucose levels into one streamlined application.  People living with type 2 diabetes who use Medtronic's iPro2 continuous glucose monitoring system and its companion app, iPro2 myLog, will now be able to have their Fitbit data automatically synced to the app, enabling them to easily see the...
By Heather Mack November 11, 2016
A selection of Garmin’s fitness trackers just got a little safer with the integration of Beacon – the safety feature from fitness app maker Strava. Beacon, which was launched earlier this summer, offers a handful of features designed to keep runners, cyclists, hikers or anyone else out for exercise safe during their activities. Users can share their real-time data location with a select group of...
By Heather Mack October 17, 2016
Toronto-based Newtopia, a personalized health and wellness company, has raised  $10 million in Series A funding to expand its offering of health management and coaching plans based on genetic testing and behavioral science. A syndicate of both US and Canadian investors took part in the round, as well as Bloom Burton & Co., which specializes in the health sector through its affiliate Bloom...
By Heather Mack September 23, 2016
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine have launched a clinical study using Apple’s ResearchKit to monitor the daily activity of people with peripheral artery disease (PAD). The app, VascTrac, will be using data from the participant’s iPhone to measure how far and long they can walk, which is a key indicator of the level of pain they are experiencing from the circulatory condition...
By Jonah Comstock August 29, 2016
When Nike CEO Mark Parker announced on the company's earnings call in June that they were working on a major update to the Nike+ app, he said it was in beta testing and "so far we've received very positive feedback on its simplicity and tailored features." There may have been a flaw in the company's testing process: since the app's release last week, it's suffered an onslaught of complaints from...
By Aditi Pai March 17, 2016
Nike has unveiled a new version of its activity tracking app, called Nike+, which now offers a coaching feature for people at various fitness levels as well as an online, personalized store that consumers that tailors the shopping experience for Nike products to the user. “Today showcases a breadth of innovation that only Nike can deliver,” Nike President and CEO Mark Parker said in a statement...
By Aditi Pai February 16, 2016
People are most incentivized to walk regularly when they are told they would lose something for failing to do so, as opposed to being told they would gain something, according to a randomized controlled trial of 281 adults recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  The 26-week trial was conducted between March and September 2014. This study was funded by the National Institute on...
By Aditi Pai February 1, 2016
Google announced that after April 30th, one of its activity tracking apps, called My Tracks, will no longer be available. The company explained that it was a tough decision to shutter the app, but Google wants to invest time in “other, more wide-reaching, mapping projects”. Unlike many other fitness tracking apps available today, Google's My Tracks was squarely focused on the mapping side of...
By Aditi Pai January 5, 2016
Fitbit has launched its newest and arguably most stylish fitness tracking device, called Blaze, which offers similar functionality to a smartwatch. Blaze has a color display and offers on-screen workouts, powered by FitStar, a company Fitbit acquired last year. Similar to Surge, the device also provides users with workout summaries, call and text notification, and music control. Blaze has a five...