iHealth Lab commercially launches fitness device

By Aditi Pai

wireless sleep and activity trackerMountain View, California-based iHealth Lab, a subsidiary of Chinese medical device company Andon Health, announced a new device this week, the Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker. As part of the announcement, iHealth also formed partnerships with two fitness tracking companies, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper.

iHealth's new fitness device comes as a wristband or belt clip, and unlike most other fitness tracking devices today, you don't have to charge it. According to the company it has a three-year battery life. It syncs to an app that allows the user to set goals, measure activity in steps, calories or distance, and keep track of diet and sleep efficiency. It costs $60 and is commercially available in the US and Europe.

iHealth also announced another product that its billing as a health and fitness device, the Wireless Pulse Oximeter January. The device measures blood oxygen saturation and tracks pulse rate data. The device then transmits the information to a corresponding app that shows trends and stores information.

Other iHealth devices include blood pressure monitors designed to help those at risk of heart disease and digital weight scales that track body fat percentage and BMI in addition to weight. In December, iHealth partnered with EHR-maker Practice fusion and productivity app, Evernote.

Although there are many health-related tracking devices on the market, Withings matches iHealth Lab almost device for device. Unlike iHealth, Withings doesn't have a Pule Oximeter and unlike Withings, iHealth doesn't have a baby monitor. In January Withings announced an activity tracker, but has not yet put it on the market.

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