April 3, 2013
The Fitbit Flex is a Bluetooth 4.0- enabled activity tracker.
Bluetooth 4.0. or Bluetooth Smart, is emerging as the leading connectivity protocol for fitness devices, and the medical market is likely to follow soon, according to industry analysts in statements released by the Bluetooth SIG. Bluetooth SIG announced that since 2008 it has qualified 142 medical products and 56 fitness products.
December 10, 2012
The Nike+ Fuel Band
According to ABI research, nearly 30 million "wireless wearable health devices" were shipped in 2012, a 37 percent growth from 2011. Jonathan Collins, lead analyst on the study, told MobiHealthNews that the report only looked at devices worn on the body (nothing subdermal), with some form of wireless connectivity, and related in some way to monitoring health.
The 30 million...
August 30, 2012
This week the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), which is responsible for developing technical standards for the short-range wireless technology and evangelizing its adoption, announced the finalized standards for Bluetooth Smart sensors that measure speed and cadence for running and cycling. The standards are for devices that use the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy standard branded as Bluetooth...
August 7, 2012
The history of wearable computing goes back at least 50 years, back when the military began developing displays built-in to headgear worn by pilots. A decade later brought wearables developed to determine how fast roulette wheels were spinning and the 1979 saw the launch of Sony's WalkMan. Jody Ranck's latest report for GigaOm covers this past, the present and potential future for wearable...
May 8, 2012
Recent months have brought a flurry of industry metrics, market predictions, investment rounds, research announcements and more that have fueled the rising trend of wearable health devices. This past February MobiHealthNews reported on market predictions made by ABI Research: In five years the number of wearable wireless health and fitness devices will hit 169.5 million. That’s up from almost 21...
February 22, 2012
In five years the number of wearable wireless health and fitness devices will hit 169.5 million, according to a report from ABI Research. That's up from almost 21 million such devices last year. By 2017 the number of sports and fitness focused wearable wireless devices will still outnumber more health-focused ones, but not by much. ABI expects about 90 million wearable fitness devices to be in...
January 12, 2012
A new report from Research2Guidance estimates that the total 2011 revenues generated by mobile health apps, companion health devices and related services totaled $718 million, which marked a seven times increase over 2010's $100 million estimate. Still, the research firm said that mHealth is still in its "embryonic state" and it could grow substantially in the years to come. Mobile health...
November 28, 2011
Garmin's app, Garmin Fit
The market for sports and fitness apps will cross $400 million in 2016, according to a new report from ABI Research. The rise of apps for connected wearable fitness devices will be a primary factor in the industry's growth (ABI predicted 80 million such sensors by 2016). ABI predicts that there will be more than 1 billion annual health-related app downloads by the year...
August 26, 2011
Over the past three years, research firms including InMedica, Juniper, Chilmark, ABI, In-Stat, IDC, and Manhattan have been predicting the future size of and eventual revenues generated by mobile health services. This week MobiHealthNews has compiled its list of ten predictions for the next five years of mobile health -- including prognostications for both consumer and enterprise -- beginning...
August 18, 2011
The market for wearable devices will exceed 100 million units annually by 2016, reports ABI Research in a new study. A study released by ABI last June estimated that 80 million of those units would be fitness sensors.
The announcement comes on the heels of yesterday's news of an expected $1.34B wireless health industry also by 2016. According to ABI, adoption over the next five years will be...