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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...
By Heather Mack June 21, 2017
As we’ve reported regularly for the past several months, Fitbit has made increasingly targeted moves to wedge itself deeper into the healthcare ecosystem. No longer able to rely on the consumer market alone to stay financially healthy, the company has continually upped the ante to prime itself as a digital health company in its own right. There have been many efforts as of late, including...
By Jonah Comstock June 20, 2017
Apple is allegedly working with health startup Health Gorilla to bring patient medical records to the smartphone. According to a CNBC report, the Sunnyvale, California-based company is helping Apple bring diagnostic data like blood work into the iPhone. Apple’s rumored efforts to create a personal health record, if true, are going to have to overcome the same challenges that Google Health faced...
By Heather Mack May 31, 2017
Cure Forward shuts down. Cure Forward, a clinical trial matching platform aimed at cancer patients, has shut down its operations. The Cambridge, Massachusetts startup launched in 2015 with $15 million in venture backing, but was unable to generate new revenue going forward. In a message on its website, Cure Forward referred visitors to its site to the Cancer Support Community in their quest to...
By Heather Mack May 25, 2017
The proliferation and ever-increasing sophistication of wearable activity trackers makes clear that we have come a long way from analog pedometers and clunky heart rate monitors, but new research suggests those metrics may be the only ones modern wearables can accurately track. Stanford researchers took a hard look at seven different consumer wearables with a group of 60 volunteers, who wore the...

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