SmartWatch

By Aditi Pai August 27, 2015
The demand for wearable devices, which include fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and other sensor-enabled devices, has decreased after reaching a high point in January, according to an Argus Insights report compiled from approximately 328,000 consumer reviews since January 2014. Argus explained that over the last 18 months, the wearable market has grown significantly. Demand was slow at...
By Jonah Comstock July 1, 2015
Novartis has released a new Apple Watch and Android Wear app geared at helping visually-impaired people navigate their environment. The app is one of two Via Opta apps that have been available on the iPhone since August 2014, but a new upgrade adds additional features and brings Via Opta Nav onto a wearable for more convenient navigation. “Novartis is committed to providing innovative solutions...
By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2015
The NPD Group is predicting that 9 percent of American adults will own a smartwatch by the fourth quarter of 2016. Around 21 million Americans will own smartwatches at that point, NPD predicts, while 32 million will own dedicated activity trackers. But the firm projects that activity tracker adoption will peak at 32 million, while smartwatch adoption will continue to grow, potentially eclipsing...
By Jonah Comstock April 23, 2015
A survey of more than 1,000 consumers from ON World showed that fitness is the most important application for wearable users. More than half of likely wearable device owners would use their devices, either activity tracking devices or smartwatches, for fitness. The mobile sensing sports and fitness part of the connected mobile sensor market will have $10.5 billion in annual revenues this year --...
By Aditi Pai April 14, 2015
WebMD's Apple Watch app The Apple Watch is set to launch in just a few days. And in the past few weeks, a number of health and wellness-focused companies have announced their soon-to-launch Apple Watch apps. At the end of March, MobiHealthNews counted at least 19 new health and fitness apps that were announced for the Apple Watch. Since then, there's been at least another 18. Here are 18 more...
By Aditi Pai February 26, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch Five percent of US broadband households use a smart watch that offers health and fitness tracking features, according to research firm Parks Associates. Parks also found that 8 percent of US broadband households use a digital pedometer or activity tracker. Parks Associates’ research analyst Tejas Mehta pointed out that unless smartwatch makers can convince consumers...
By Jonah Comstock February 18, 2015
Samsung's Gear Fit. With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for "smart wearable bands" -- any wristworn device that can run third-party applications -- is Samsung. Meanwhile, the "basic wearable band" market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can't run apps, is still led by Fitbit. The...
By Jonah Comstock February 2, 2015
The soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, a smartwatch with fitness tracking capabilities. Thirty-five percent of American adults are planning to purchase a wearable technology device, and more than half of those are interested in using their wearable for activity tracking, according to new data from ON World. The research group surveyed more than 1,000 US adults for a new report, completed last...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2015
When Apple announced its Apple Watch wearable last September, there was scarce mention of the device's battery life, leading to the natural conclusion that battery was posing a problem for the Apple Watch team. At MobiHealthNews, we speculated that a shorter battery life was holding the team back from introducing sleep tracking, increasingly considered a must-have feature on fitness wearables....
By Jonah Comstock November 25, 2014
About 19 million wearable fitness devices are in use worldwide this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2018. Juniper predicts that market will continue to be dominated by designated fitness devices, but that smartwatches with fitness capabilities will gradually begin to eat away at the market as time goes on. Most of those...