wearable activity tracker

By Jonah Comstock July 18, 2017
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By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2017
TuringSense, which is developing interactive wearables for sports and physical therapy, has raised $3 million in a new round of funding. The company also raised $3 million in its first round two years ago. The newest round was led by VC firm and returning investor Ideosource, with participation from new investors The Core Group and Fenox Venture Capital.  The company calls its category "...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2017
Wearables are at something of a crossroads right now. While companies might have previously differentiated new generations of wearables with new sensors and sleeker designs, now consumers are looking for something more: wearables that don’t just track their life, but help them improve it. Garmin’s newest device, the vívosmart 3 activity tracker announced today, boasts a number of new features...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2017
It may not be the smartwatch competitor promised on a recent earnings call, but Fitbit did announce a new device today that combines the advantages of two of its existing trackers. With the Fitbit Alta HR, the wearables company has added the PurePulse heart rate tracking technology from devices like the Fitbit Charge HR to the slimmer fashion-forward Fitbit Alta. The new version of Alta also adds...
By Heather Mack December 29, 2016
Fitbit has dropped one of its several lawsuits against Jawbone. The patent case, which had been on track for trial in the International Trade Commission in March, was attempting to block the importation of existing and still-in-development Jawbone products on the basis that Jawbone had violated its patents. The motion to terminate wasn’t a concession that Jawbone hadn’t violated anything after...
By Heather Mack October 6, 2016
London-based BioBeats, which is developing a wellness solution for consumers using artificial intelligence, smartphones and wearable sensors, has completed a study on corporate stress and health with employees from financial services company BNP Paribas. A group of 560 BNP Paribas employees wore the (recently discontinued) Microsoft Band 2 to continuously measure various biometric measurements...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2016
Dig another grave in the fitness tracker cemetery, next to the Bodymedia Core, the Nike FuelBand, and the Basis Band, because it looks like the Microsoft Band is dead. ZDnet, which broke the news last month that Microsoft had disbanded the Band team and had no plans for a Band 3, reported yesterday that the company has removed the device from its online store, taken down the Band SDK, and has no...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
At CES in January, Samsung showed off a concept for a smart belt called Welt (a portmanteau of wellness and belt). At the beginning of the summer, the company announced that the Welt team had spun off into its own startup. Now Welt has brought its device to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where it proved an overnight success, raising $64,485 over the long weekend.  Welt comes from Samsung...
By Jonah Comstock June 29, 2016
Basis Science, the high-end fitness wearable company that was acquired by Intel in March 2014, has halted sales of its newest device, the Basis Peak, because of concerns about overheating. The company won't sell any more devices -- and has requested that its users not wear those they currently own -- until it completes a software update that will shut down the device when it begins to overheat. "...
By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2016
Xiaomi, the Chinese company that, in 2014, launched a $13 activity tracker -- in stark contrast to the $50 to $200 price point devices typically common in the US -- has done it again. Today the company announced that it would launch the $23 MiBand 2 later this month. Like its predecessors, the MiBand and the MiBand Pulse, it will not be available in the US. The MiBand 2 shares a number of...