SmartWatch

By Heather Mack August 2, 2016
San Francisco-based iBeat, makers of a heart-monitoring wearable positioned to compete with PERS devices, closed approximately $1.5 million in a seed funding round led by Maveron, Subtraction Capital and Correlation Ventures. Other investors include Ali and Hardi Partovi, former NFL player Russell Okung, KKR partner Henry Kravis, Band of Angels and industrial design firm Ammunition Group. Notably...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2016
As of March, 12 percent of US consumers own a fitness band or a smartwatch of some kind, according to a Kantar Wearable Technology report. The majority of them, about 75 percent, own a fitness band. Kantar's market data is pulled from a combination of consumer purchase tracking and ongoing surveys. “For both smartwatch and fitness band buyers – brand, ease of use, and functionality are the top...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2016
The Apple Watch commercially launched just over a year ago, and in that time there's one question that's been asked a number of times: Is it a Fitbit competitor? Will multipurpose smartwatches ultimately kill single-purpose fitness trackers? And recently a different line of questions has emerged, about whether consumers need a general purpose smartwatch at all. Fitbit CEO James Park told the New...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon. “At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
By Aditi Pai February 5, 2016
Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watches last year, according to Canalys. The research firm estimated that Apple Watch shipments made up about two thirds of all shipments in 2015. Samsung had the second largest number of shipments followed by Pebble and Huawei.  Canalys also reported that shipments for what it calls "basic bands" reached 37 million last year. Fitbit led the category followed by...
By Jonah Comstock January 14, 2016
The wearable space is evolving to the point where the difference between smartwatches and fitness trackers will be one of branding and aesthetics, rather than functionality, according to a new report from Juniper Research. "The Gear Fit and several other more recent models of fitness wearable like the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge, as well as the Razer Nabu, offer notification services for calls and...
By Aditi Pai December 10, 2015
Some 74 percent of adults said they plan to purchase health and fitness device within the next year. And of this group, 35 percent said they plan to buy a smartwatch, according to a survey of 1,001 online US adults conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly the Consumer Electronics Association. The survey was fielded between August 20 and September 2. Following smartwatches...
By Jonah Comstock October 22, 2015
Runkeeper has launched a new Apple Watch app with a functionality that the company's core users -- runners -- have been requesting for a long time: It lets them track their run while leaving their smartphone at home. There are pros and cons to the new app, which takes advantage of Apple's recently launched Watch OS 2 operating system. It will allow users to track heart rate with the Watch's...
By Aditi Pai October 13, 2015
A new survey of 1,500 consumers from Apple Watch research service Wristly has found that 83 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed said the device at least somewhat contributes to their overall health and fitness. Just under 60 percent of respondents said the watch contributes to some change in their health and fitness and 24 percent said the device contributed to a lot of change. The survey...
By Aditi Pai September 1, 2015
Google has announced that it now offers an iOS app, called Android Wear, that allows users to connect certain Android Wear smartwatches with iPhones. The iOS Android Wear app will allow users to check smartphone information, like phone calls, receive messages, and get notified about app updates. Users will be able to track their fitness, set fitness goals, and view daily as well as weekly...