June 1, 2015
As expected Australia-based medical device company dorsaVi has received a new FDA 510(k) that expands the use case for the suite of wearable sensors, called ViMove, to allow providers to use them for tracking additional static postures like a natural standing posture and various sitting postures. The new clearance also enables providers to use the devices to track healthy patients and establish a...
May 26, 2015
Academics in Australia at the University of Queensland have launched a three-year research project that will examine the impact of using digital health tools in physical education programs with kids. The project has received $177,000 AUS (about $137,000 US dollars) from the Australian Research Council Discovery Grant and is being conducted in collaboration with researchers in Melbourne and...
April 30, 2015
An FDA-cleared clinical grade activity tracking system has come to the US for use in workplace injury prevention. The ViSafe system, from Australian company dorsaVi, has previously been deployed in Australia and the UK in fields ranging from retail to mining.
"It’s our goal to reduce movement-related risk during the work task and we want to make workplace environments safer,"dorsaVi US president...
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...
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 --...
April 16, 2015
It's been a busy week for Jawbone. First news came that the long-delayed UP3 would finally launch in the coming days, but it would not be waterproof enough for swimming, as previously promised. Then the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Jawbone had partnered with American Express to add payments to a future wearable.
That future wearable was just unveiled by the company --...
April 15, 2015
Just two days after Jawbone announced that it will finally ship its heart rate tracking wearable, UP3, even though the tracker will not be waterproof as initially advertised, an anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that American Express is working with Jawbone to add payment features to a future wearable.
According to the report, American Express cardholders who buy this future Jawbone...
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...
January 28, 2015
The Apple Watch will ship in April, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook who discussed the watch on the company's first quarter earnings call.
"Development for Apple Watch is right on schedule and we expect to begin shipping in April," Cook said. "Developers are hard at work on apps, notifications, and information summaries that we call Glances, all designed specifically for the Watch's user interface...
December 2, 2014
Misfit, maker of the activity tracking devices Shine and Flash, has raised $40 million from China-based strategic investors ecommerce giant JD.com and smartphone maker Xiaomi. Other new investors in the round include GGV Capital, which led the round, and Shunwei. Misift’s existing investors Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Horizons Ventures, and Norwest Venture Partners also participated. The...