Nike FuelBand

By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2014
When Nike reportedly laid off most of its Fuelband engineering team in April, it seemed like the end of Nike's independent association with wearables, despite an official statement saying they would support the device "for the foreseeable future." But many, including MobiHealthNews, predicted that Nike's next move in the wearable space would be an even stronger partnership with long-time ally...
By Aditi Pai October 9, 2014
When it comes to companion apps for connected devices, Fitbit's is the most downloaded in the health and fitness category and the second most downloaded overall. That's according to a newly released report focused on connected devices from mobile analytics company App Annie. App Annie's analysis wasn't just focused on health or fitness-related devices, the reports includes companion apps for ...
By Jonah Comstock July 31, 2014
Two years after its first foray into the hardware space, Austrian fitness company Runtastic is launching a new $119.99 wearable activity tracker, the Runtastic Orbit. The company aims to differentiate itself from the crowded activity tracker market by closely integrating the device with Runtastic's existing ecosystem of fitness apps, and also by targeting the European market, which is not yet as...
By Aditi Pai July 16, 2014
Samsung might partner with Under Armour to market Samsung's wearable health devices, according to a report from Yonhap News. The report also suggests Samsung and Under Armour are pursuing this partnership to counter Apple's relationship with Nike, which has been going strong for a few years now. Nike and Apple's relationship was highlighted recently when the smartphone maker announced that Nike+...
By Aditi Pai July 2, 2014
Microsoft's rumored smartwatch is said to look like a thinner Nike+ FuelBand Microsoft plans to release its own smartwatch with 11 sensors as soon as October, according to tech news site Tom's Hardware. Tom's Hardware received its information from an unidentified source. The report from Tom's Hardware explains that the Microsoft smartwatch is using chips from Texas Instruments and Atmel. The...
By Aditi Pai June 26, 2014
Image Source: Keller Sports' online store, which is showing the device as currently not for sale. Adidas could soon add a new activity tracker to its product line, a wristworn wearable called the miCoach Fit Smart, according to a report from Engadget. A letter Adidas wrote about the miCoach Fit Smart to the FCC in May 2014 explains that Adidas wants the device's external photographs, internal...
By Brian Dolan May 19, 2014
Worldwide revenues from sports, fitness, and activity tracking devices will grow by 46 percent between 2013 and 2019, according to a recent report from analyst group IHS Technology.  The firm attributes growth to the increasing number of health-conscious consumers willing to buy heart rate monitors and other wearable devices. IHS pegs global OEM revenue at $1.9 billion in 2013, which will rise to...
By Jonah Comstock April 22, 2014
Nike's FuelBand may be the first big failure of the wearable activity tracker market -- or the company may be pivoting into an emerging paradigm of software-based tracking, possibly related to the upcoming iWatch launch. Either way it seems a chapter is over in the life of a company that has been one of the longest running and most high profile companies in the mobile fitness and wellness space....
By Brian Dolan April 21, 2014
Over the past few days much has been written about Nike reportedly laying off a majority of its FuelBand engineering team -- a story that CNET exclusively broke late last week. According to the report, as many as 55 engineering employees of Nike's 70-person strong hardware team were let go or possibly recruited by other divisions within Nike. CNET also reported, citing anonymous sources, that...
By Brian Dolan February 10, 2014
For the past several weeks, mostly thanks to dogged reporting from the team over at 9to5Mac, we have learned that Apple has been on a hiring spree of digital health engineers and scientists, assumedly for its rumored wristworn device, commonly referred to as the iWatch. That publication also first reported the rumor that Apple was developing an app called Healthbook, which would help iPhone and...

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