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By Laura Lovett June 13, 2018
A little bit of cash paired with a wearable activity tracker could be key in motivating people with ischemic heart disease to stay active. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found that participants who were given a $14 cash incentive to meet physical activity goals, that were tracked by a wearable, had significantly more steps than their counterparts who...
By Heather Mack August 10, 2016
In an effort to turn around the consistent declining revenue and sales, watchmaker Fossil Group is shifting its focus to smartwatches and trackers, effectively trying to rebrand itself as the leader in the industry by embarking on what executives called an “unprecedented launch.” During a second quarter earnings call with investors and analysts, Fossil CEO Kosta Kartsotis said over the next three...
By Heather Mack August 9, 2016
Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center is now partnering with the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. By combining Nestle’s nutrition and biomedical science expertise with Samsung ARTIK IoT platform vision and deep semiconductor expertise, the collaboration aims to better understand the “voice” of the body, according to a statement from Samsung. Additionally, the collaboration aims to provide...
By Jonah Comstock June 21, 2016
Misfit (now a Fossil brand) and swimwear brand Speedo have launched the second generation of their Speedo Shine device, a tracker for swimmers Misfit originally launched last August. Just as Speedo Shine was a swimmer-focused version of the Misfit Shine with new firmware, Speedo Shine 2 is swimmer-focused version of the Shine 2. That means the device itself is thinner than its predecessor and...
By Jonah Comstock June 13, 2016
Two of the biggest IPOs in digital health lately have come out of the wearable and telehealth spaces. But those aren't the spaces at least two seasoned digital health investors are most excited about. At BIO 2016 in San Francisco last week, Casper de Clerq, a general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, and Dr. Lucian Iancovici, a general partner at dRx Capital, Qualcomm and Novartis' joint...
By Brian Dolan May 24, 2016
Cupertino, California-based Sensifree, which develops contact-free, electromagnetic sensors for continuously sensing heart rate and other biometrics, has raised $5 million in its first round of funding led by TransLink Capital. Other backers included UMC Capital, which is a subsidiary of United Microelectronics, and an undisclosed strategic investor. TransLink was one of the first firms to invest...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2016
Fossil announced a new activity and sleep tracking wearable at SXSW last week, the Q Motion. Though the design is slightly different, the wrist-worn device is almost a dead-ringer for the Misfit Ray, the most recent device unveiled by Misfit, the wearable company Fossil acquired in November.  Like the Misfit Ray, the Q Motion tracks activity and sleep and can vibrate with call or text...
By Jonah Comstock January 6, 2016
The event once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, is upon us once again, and once again we're ringing in the new year with a range of health and fitness device announcements from both established players and new upstarts. We've already reported this week on the latest from Fitbit and Withings, as well as Under Armour's new foray, with HTC, into connected fitness hardware. All that is...
By Aditi Pai January 5, 2016
Misfit has unveiled a new activity tracking device that is cylindrical in shape instead of round like Misfit’s other trackers. This is the first device the company has launched since Fossil acquired Misfit late last year. Similarly to Misfit 2, Ray has a three-axis accelerometer and a vibration feature that reminds users to get up and move throughout the day, notifies them of a call or text, and...
By Aditi Pai December 16, 2015
Although the activity tracking and consumer health market is growing more crowded every day, Casper de Clercq, an investor recently promoted to general partner at Norwest Venture Partners, said in the future it will be medical-focused, not consumer, wearable companies that offer the better return on investment. Clercq has invested in consumer health companies, including Misfit and Basis, which...

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