Fitbit

By Heather Mack September 9, 2016
This year is shaping up to be a big one for acquisitions, if not for the money (many are for undisclosed amounts) but for sheer volume. We’ve seen 30 so far, and with a little over three months to go, 2016 may well end up eclipsing 2015’s total of 37 deals. Rather than just list the companies, we've broken them down into different categories based on who the acquirer is, to try to outline some...
By Heather Mack September 8, 2016
Favor is once again on Fitbit’s side in the ongoing legal battle between the leading wearable company and its increasingly beleagured competitor Jawbone. The US International Trade Commission ruled that a judge erred in deciding that two Fitbit patents weren’t eligible for legal protection.  Now, Fitbit can pursue an effort to block Jawbone’s products from the US market, but Jawbone doesn’t think...
By Heather Mack September 6, 2016
In a surprising move, Ramzi Haidamus stepped down from his post as president of Nokia Technologies, the Silicon Valley division of Finland-based Nokia Group. Nokia Technologies does not yet have someone to replace Haidamus, and the company says he will stick around until the end of September. In the meantime, Brad Rodrigues, who is currently head of strategy and business at the company, will...
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 Heather Mack August 31, 2016
Fitbit announced the opening of its new office in Dublin, Ireland and also appointed a new managing director for that location, Des Power. The company stated Ireland’s reputation as a technology hub was the primary reason for the location opening, as well as a strategic jumping off point to leverage their global growth strategy. “We’ve seen Dublin become a strategic hub for the technology...
By Jonah Comstock August 30, 2016
Though rumors have been circulating for some time, Fitbit officially announced its new versions of the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge devices yesterday. At the same time, the company announced new Fitbit app features and a new line of designer devices.  The biggest difference between the Fitbit Flex 2 and the Fitbit Flex is that the new device is sufficiently water-resistant to be worn while...
By MobiHealthNews August 26, 2016
In 2012, MobiHealthNews ran an article — contributed by patent lawyer Orion Armon of Cooley LLP — asking the question “Is mobile health about to enter a patent thicket?” Armon had noticed a stark rise in the number of patents being issued in the mobile health space. He predicted that this would likely lead to an increase in mobile health patent litigation. Four years later, we haven’t seen nearly...
By Jonah Comstock August 24, 2016
The International Trade Commission will officially not be blocking Fitbit's imports. Rival Jawbone asked the ITC to do just that a little over a year ago, filing parallel cases with the ITC to two cases they had filed against Fitbit in federal or state court: one pertaining to allegedly violated patents and the other pertaining to allegedly stolen trade secrets. The patent case was dismissed in...
By Heather Mack August 24, 2016
Fitbit may have the data-collecting devices, but it’s the wearable company’s partnership with research platform Fitabase that turns that data into something beyond personal activity tracking. Over the last four years, Fitabase has collected over 2 billion minutes of Fitbit data on behalf of their research customers, amassed partnerships with the likes of Johns Hopkins University and MD Anderson...
By Heather Mack August 23, 2016
Smart eyeglasses maker Vuzix, which makes glasses that use augmented and virtual reality for both consumer and enterprise markets, has teamed up with wearable software platform company Pristine. As part of Vuzix’s Industrial Partner program, Pristine received one of the first early access of Vuzix’s latest hardweare (the M300 Smart Glasses). Pristine’s Eyesight platform will create a hands-free...