Fitbit

By Jonah Comstock September 28, 2017
Health app scammer fined $320,000. Belle Gibson, an Australian health blogger who faked brain cancer to promote her cookbook and app The Whole Pantry, has been fined $320,000 ($410,000 in Australian dollars) by her government. In addition to lying about having brain cancer — and about curing it with the diet she was selling — Gibson also promised to make a number of charitable donations with the...
By Jonah Comstock September 26, 2017
Just two months after announcing the applications for its pre-certification program pilot, the FDA has announced the nine companies that will be participating. The list includes major tech companies Apple and Samsung; health tech companies Verily, Pear Therapeutics, Tidepool, and Phosphorus; pharmaceutical companies Roche and Johnson & Johnson; and Fitbit — an interesting inclusion insofaras...
By Dave Muoio September 21, 2017
Fitbit’s wearable devices and services will soon be included in Japanese tech company Fujitsu’s corporate wellness program. The program will offer 10,000 employees of Mitsubishi Motors Health Insurance Society a chance to earn redeemable fitness points using the Fitbit Charge 2 and a cloud-based data system, thereby making it one of Fitbit’s largest corporate wellness agreements in Japan....
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2017
Good news for anyone who thought Fitbit's move toward the smartwatch market would be a move away from health: The wearable maker has just announced a partnership with Dexcom that will bring data from the company's continuous glucose monitor directly to the display of Fitbit's upcoming Ionic smartwatch. Athough Fitbit's have been used in the management of chronic diseases in a number of hospital...
By Jonah Comstock August 31, 2017
IFA, a consumer electronics trade show that rivals CES for scope, begins this week in Berlin, and a number of wearables companies are taking the opportunity to announce next generation devices. At the same time, IDC has come out with its quarterly wearables tracking numbers. IDC reports that wearables shipments grew 10.3 percent year over year, reaching 26.3 million during the second quarter of...
By Jeff Lagasse August 28, 2017
Wearables brand Fitbit is introducing a new slate of tools and technologies focused on health and wellness, including a new smartwatch, a smart scale, fitness-centric headphones and a premium guidance and coaching offering.   The Fitbit Ionic represents the company’s first foray into smartwatches, and features a new relative SpO2 sensor, making it possible to track certain health insights like...
By Mike Miliard August 21, 2017
Fruit Street Health, a New York City-based telemedicine company, says it's the first organization to be recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to deliver its National Diabetes Prevention Program through classes delivered by live video feed. The DPP is based on research that found people at risk for diabetes can prevent or delay the its onset by losing a modest amount of...
By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2017
According to a new report by analyst firm Strategy Analytics, Chinese tech upstart Xiaomi has, for the first time, surpassed Apple and Fitbit as the world's top wearable maker in terms of shipments. Xiaomi, which competes on price, selling wrist-worn trackers for as little as $15, became the market leader with 17 percent market share to Fitbit's 16 and Apple's 13. "Xiaomi’s Mi Band fitness...
By Jeff Lagasse August 3, 2017
Fitbit plans on making waves this holiday season. That’s when the company's long-awaited smartwatch, which has faced production issues and delays, will finally be released, CEO James Park said in a second-quarter earnings call.   The smartwatch will offer features such as health and fitness tracking, GPS capability, water resistance up to 50 meters and compatibility across platforms, as well as a...
By Jonah Comstock July 11, 2017
Fitbit is once again facing a patent lawsuit, this time over the haptic feedback technology present in its last two generations of trackers. San Jose-based Immersion filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California over three patents, and is also pursuing legal action in China to get Fitbit's Chinese distributor Runtong to stop making and selling Fitbit devices as...