fitness

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 Jeff Lagasse July 27, 2017
Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, is launching two new features for the Apple Watch that aim to help people stay more active this summer: Leaderboards and Workout Zones. Leaderboards is geared toward those who want to inject some friendly competition into their active lifestyles. Friends can compete with one another and...
By Jeff Lagasse July 18, 2017
K4Connect, a technology company focused on seniors and those with disabilities, has partnered up with Garmin International on wearable devices geared toward residents of senior living communities, as well as staff and operators.   The devices will be part of K4Community, K4Connect’s “connected-life” platform. The idea is to give senior living residents a means of tracking their wellness and...
By Jonah Comstock July 17, 2017
It's been a rough year for wrist-worn wearable activity trackers. As we noted in a column last December, what was once a vibrant and competitive field is now a graveyard of failed devices like the Pebble, the Basis Band, the Nike FuelBand, and many more. Just this month news broke about Jawbone's liquidation after a long, slow decline. You can place the blame for these failures in a number of...
By Jonah Comstock July 5, 2017
Pact, the startup that incentivized users to healthy behaviors by getting them to essentially bet money on their own adherence, has shut down, according to an email the company sent out to its users on Friday.  The company will pay out its final rewards to users on July 11th and will continue supporting users until the end of August. “Thanks for choosing Pact - we hope it has helped you live a...
By Heather Mack July 14, 2016
At the Wearable Technologies conference in San Francisco this week, companies presented several devices they said were primed for widespread distribution across healthcare and fitness industries, but were also in search of additional investors as well as partnerships with payers and providers to make it happen.   Here’s a round-up of some of the devices that took the stage:  BioRibbon Perhaps the...
By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2015
What do dating apps have to do with health and fitness? Last month, that would have been a hard question to answer, but two news bites this week suggest there are few different ways two should get together. Today, a new app called Sweatt launched in the iOS app store. The app is Tinder for fitness junkies. Users fill out a profile that includes photos and basic information, but also asks “their...
By Aditi Pai April 22, 2014
Instructional video fitness app maker Fitnet raised $1.4 million from Valleys’ Ventures and CIT Gap Funds for its fitness app, Fitnet. Before this funding round, Fitnet was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and with some startup capital from the founder, the company's total funding to date is just under $2 million. Fitnet's iOS apps offers users guided workouts that...
By Jonah Comstock November 8, 2012
A common media narrative has it that screen time in front of TV and video games is a big contributor to inaction and obesity. But people following mobile health know that video games have the potential to impact fitness in a positive direction as well. In 2010, MobiHealthNews wrote about the potential for virtual avatars to improve fitness feedback. Now, a recent study from the University of...
By Brian Dolan December 17, 2009
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which develops technical specs and evangelizes Bluetooth technology, announced today the formal launch of Bluetooth Low Energy, a part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification. Bluetooth Low Energy has already garnered the support of the Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 220 companies working on interoperability for personal medical devices and...