Apple Watch

By Heather Mack September 27, 2016
Beginning this fall, Aetna will combine Apple’s consumer tech offerings with its analytics-based wellness and care management programs by integrating several iOS-exclusive health initiatives. First off, the company will make the Apple Watch available to some of its large employers and individual members during open enrollment season, and will be subsidizing part of the cost. Aetna will also be...
By Jonah Comstock September 16, 2016
This week saw the long-awaited launch of iOS10 and WatchOS3 for Apple users, and with those a number of new health and fitness-related features. We've captured a number of those as they were announced, but now that they're out here's a roundup of all the new tricks your Apple device can now do around your health. HL7 comes to Health. Apple has added support for the Health Level 7 Continuity of...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
Apple's announcement day today focused a lot on the new iPhone 7, but the most exciting news for health and fitness fans was related to the Apple Watch series 2, which ups the ante for fitness tracking in several ways. The device is swimproof, has a built-in GPS, and a special version will be created in partnership with Nike. "We call it Apple Watch series 2 and it has been completely re-...
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 Heather Mack July 18, 2016
The days of counting your own hops, skips and jumps are over with Smart Rope, an LED-embedded jump rope that tracks rope rotations with a mid-air digital display. While jump ropes have long been known as among the most lightweight and portable of all workout equipment, this offering from Seoul-based Tangram Factory turns it into a digital health tracker with the Smart Gym app. The $90 rope comes...
By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2016
At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe. Breathe is an app that walks users through short deep-breathing exercises. Users can...
By Aditi Pai May 16, 2016
Wearable tracking device shipments reached 19.7 million units in the first quarter of 2016, up 67 percent year over year from 11.8 million units. Two areas where the market showed continued growth are smart watches and basic wearables, which are devices that don’t run third party applications. "The good news is that the wearables market continues to mature and expand," IDC Wearables Research...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2016
The Apple Watch commercially launched just over a year ago, and in that time there's one question that's been asked a number of times: Is it a Fitbit competitor? Will multipurpose smartwatches ultimately kill single-purpose fitness trackers? And recently a different line of questions has emerged, about whether consumers need a general purpose smartwatch at all. Fitbit CEO James Park told the New...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon. “At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2016
A former Apple executive has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Cor, his two-year-old consumer blood tracking startup formerly known as Neuon. Bob Messerschmidt worked on optics and spectrometry for the Apple Watch for three years after his previous startup, Rare Light, was quietly acquired by Apple. The company already has $1 million in seed funding, according to a report in TechCrunch, but is...

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