activity tracking wearables

By Dave Muoio October 5, 2017
Mobile textile company Sensoria Fitness and Genesis Rehab Services, a subsidiary of Genesis HealthCare have entered into a strategic partnership to form a new company called Sensoria Health, the companies announced on stage at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara. Sensoria Health will be using digitally-enhanced footwear — such as the updated Sensoria smart sock and new Sensoria smart shoes — to monitor the...
By Heather Mack March 2, 2017
Tandem Diabetes Care, maker of a touchscreen insulin pump, has launched their first remote software update. Users of the t:slim Insulin Pump (purchased before 2015) will be able to use their personal computer to update their device. The Tandem Device Updater will eventually facilitate updates as there are approved by the FDA, such as those that allow integration between devices. … Age is more...
By Heather Mack February 2, 2017
How data gleaned from elite athletes’ wearables devices can be made profitable is still a largely unanswered question. But in the NBA, it's now been made clear one way that won't happen. As SportTechie reports, the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement specifically bans teams from using wearable data in contract negotiations or player transactions. While teams can use the data to monitor player...
By Heather Mack January 12, 2017
When monitoring heart rate, skin temperatures, activity and other physiological data, biometric-sensing wearables are also tracking important indications of abnormality associated with infection, inflammation or even insulin. By extension, wearables may know the user is getting sick before they even do, according to new research from Stanford University published today in PLOS Biology. “A new...
By Jack McCarthy December 21, 2016
New research shows that automated health tracking using connected devices and apps can improve long-term engagement in health activities, compared with manual tracking. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc), a self-monitoring program that allows members to track health...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
The global wearables market is continuing to grow, with 22.5 million devices shipped in the second quarter of 2016 alone, according to a new tracking report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). Top companies in the sector are Fitbit, Garmin, Apple and the Chinese company Xiaomi. In the past year, the overall market has grown 26.1 percent, but the different categories of the industry are...
By Jonah Comstock August 16, 2016
When it was announced in 2014, the Apple Watch included only a limited array of health sensors -- heart rate and activity tracking capabilities mainly -- despite Apple hires and rumors that suggested more. A Wall Street journal article last year gave some insight into the disconnect, saying that accuracy concerns plagued the project. Now a Fast Company interview with Bob Messerschmidt, a former...
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2016
Last month saw the last vestige of BodyMedia, the FDA-cleared consumer-facing wearable device company acquired by Jawbone in 2013, slip away. On January 31st the company officially stopped making BodyMedia Fit device data available to users and shut down the BodyMedia website (it now redirects to Jawbone’s site), essentially rendering the devices useless. “On Jan 31, 2016 support for BodyMedia...
By Aditi Pai September 30, 2015
Some 21 percent of US adults use a wearable device right now, and of those, 36 percent use a Fitbit device, according to a Forrester Research survey of 952 online US adults. After Fitbit, 16 percent use a Nike+ FuelBand, 16 percent use an Apple Watch, 13 percent use Samsung Galaxy Gear, 11 percent use a Microsoft Band, and 10 percent use a Jawbone device. Forrester also broke out the age...
By Brian Dolan September 29, 2014
In February Fitbit announced a voluntary recall of its newest activity tracking device, the Fitbit Force, after a number of users complained of skin irritation from the wristworn device. According to a report in The New York Times, in a few weeks time a government agency, The Consumer Product Safety Commission is set to send its findings from an investigation into rashes stemming from another...