activity tracking wearable

By Dave Muoio November 16, 2017
San Francisco-based Spire is looking to take the work out of wearables. Instead of a device that needs to be regularly removed, recharged, or otherwise adjusted, the company’s newly announced sensor can remain unobtrusively attached to any article of clothing with no need to worry about battery life or the laundry machine. “In our view, the fundamental user experience problem that wearables face...
By Dave Muoio September 27, 2017
Garmin’s upcoming effort to woo younger customers will have the support of some big brands, as the company announced today that its vivofit jr. 2 wearable activity tracker will prominently feature Minnie Mouse, Captain America, and other Disney licensed characters. “Disney is committed to creating healthier generations, and we’ve worked with Garmin to make healthy living fun with a wearable...
By Heather Mack May 11, 2017
Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearables may be a common features of many corporate wellness programs – their products are currently in use by over 1,300 companies – but all those step challenges and healthy lifestyle motivators aimed at lowering healthcare costs still only make up about 10 percent of the company’s revenue. So, in order to best position their enterprise strategy, Fitbit is merging...
By Heather Mack January 6, 2017
While digital health doesn't have as big of a presence at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as other industries, there were a fair number of wearables, apps and sensor-enabled tools showcased. There were also several partnerships announced, which you can read about here. Some have already been covered in MobiHealthNews yet didn't make their official debuts til this week, but most were...
By Heather Mack January 3, 2017
UnitedHealthcare’s wellness program Motion will soon offer participants the ability to use Fitbit’s Charge 2 to track activity metrics via a customized integration with Motion’s Frequency, Intensity and Tenacity (F.I.T.) program. Using the device, participants can track progress on their daily goals and earn financial incentives that can be applied towards their healthcare plan. United Healthcare...
By Heather Mack December 19, 2016
While NBA players aren’t currently allowed to wear biometric devices during games, a new committee is in the works to reassess the value of and role wearables may eventually play in the sport. Athletes regularly use digital health tools like wearables to track heart rate and exertion during workouts, and the NBA has increased its focus on the health of its players. As ESPN reported, more and more...
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 December 1, 2016
Monitoring the everyday activity of people who have had a stroke is a challenge for doctors. So a team of researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands is working on a wearable tracker that can keep close tabs on patients as they recover – 41 tabs, to be exact. Doctoral student Bart Klaasen worked with an international team of healthcare professionals and engineers to develop a...
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 August 29, 2016
Designer brand Kate Spade announced its first line of connected activity-tracking wearables last week. The three-item collection –a  jewelry-inspired bangle, smartwatch and silicone tracker – are the product of Kate Spade’s partnership with Fossil Group, which recently announced its primary focus on connected wearables as a way to get back into fighting shape against competitors like Fitbit and...