activity tracker

By Laura Lovett June 3, 2019
Today Apple announced that it’s adding three new health features to its Apple WatchOS6, designed to allow users learn about activity trends, track periods and keep track of hearing safety.  The tech world has been abuzz with rumors that Apple would start focusing on hearing related technologies. At Apple’s worldwide developer conference (WWDC) event, at least one of those rumors came to fruition...
By Laura Lovett March 4, 2019
Microsoft announced that come the end of May it is shutting down its Health Dashboard and offering refunds to Microsoft Band users. This news comes two and a half years after the tech giant discontinued its fitness tracker offering.  Until the end of May, users will be able to transfer their data using a Microsoft export tool; after that, all the data will be deleted. Existing Bands will still...
By Laura Lovett June 21, 2018
This morning Wildflower Health, a digital health platform that helps patients navigate benefits and connect to resources, announced that it is acquiring Circle Women’s Health platform, a startup from the Providence St. Joseph Health Systems incubator.   “This has been in the works for a while. For Wildflower Health, our background as a company was on the health plan market and we have a great...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2018
Fitbit has officially launched the Fitbit Ace, the company's first activity tracker designed for children, specifically kids ages 8 and older. The band was first announced in March. "As childhood obesity rates continue to rise, it’s more important than ever to empower the entire family to embrace a healthy and more active lifestyle,” Fitbit CEO James Park said at the time. “It can be hard to...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2017
Global pharmaceutical company UCB has launched Wellness4U, a health and wellness platform for people living with immunologic disorders which includes, as one aspect, an activity tracker pilot program. "Our medicines treat thousands of people around the world and we are engaging with patients, their families and healthcare professionals to address their unmet needs," Todd Edwards, vice president...
By Jonah Comstock October 27, 2016
GoodParents, makers of the Kiddo health wearable for children aged 4 to 10, has raised $2 million in seed capital. The round was led by partners at Jungle Ventures. Fireside Ventures, Bio Sensors International, Gaja Ventures, and a number of angel investors also contributed.  GoodParents is working on creating a wearable for kids that will be fun to wear but also provide parents with realtime...
By Jonah Comstock August 3, 2016
Intel subsidiary Basis is recalling its Peak fitness tracking watch. The company halted production of the device at the end of June due to an overheating issue that affected just 0.2 percent of the watches on the market, but had hoped to fix the issue with a software update. Now, developers are throwing in the towel, issuing a voluntary recall, and offering full refunds. "We had hoped to update...
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...
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 Jonah Comstock March 22, 2016
A new paper published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that, when it comes to measuring energy expenditure, many leading fitness trackers have a margin of error of about 200 calories per day in either direction. The study was conducted by Japanese researchers led by Haruka Murakami from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo. Nineteen participants, aged 21 to 50, wore 12...