November 12, 2014
There's been a lot of talk lately about integrating activity data collected by devices like the Fitbit or the Misfit Shine into the clinical workflow, but there haven't been too many concrete examples yet. Now diabetes management technology company Glooko, which made its name with a universal cord and app for connecting glucometers to smartphones, is changing that. The company introduced a...
November 5, 2014
It's that time of year again when all the major activity tracking device makers are announcing their next generation devices. And with the specter of the Apple Watch on the horizon, the battle for activity tracking is more frenzied than ever. Basis announced its Basis Peak at the end of September and Fitbit announced the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge at the end of October. Now Jawbone has...
October 30, 2014
Microsoft has officially launched a fitness-focused smart watch, called Microsoft Band as well as a new health tracking platform, called Microsoft Health. This announcement came just a week after another report leaked about the device.
The product has been in development since 2010 when Microsoft launched the Kinect motion sensor for Xbox, Microsoft explains in a feature post.
Microsoft Band, a...
October 22, 2014
Mountain View, California-based activity tracker maker Moov raised $3 million in a round led by Banyan Capital.
The company's activity tracker contains sensors that can tell how a user moves, not just when they move, Moov CEO Meng Li told MobiHealthNews. For example, the device can be hooked around the user's ankle so that it tracks running form, or to a golf club to track a swing, or even to a...
October 21, 2014
Two new reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers and its Health Research Institute on the present and future of wearables, including healthcare wearables, show that Americans are optimistic about the future of wearable technology, but less enthusiastic about the technology as it exists now. Health and fitness wearables still lead the category when it comes to consumer interest, and, the data suggests...
October 18, 2014
Although MobiHealthNews published a crowdfunding roundup just two weeks ago, already, several more devices have cropped up on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. One device that launched an Indiegogo campaign recently, called Xmetrics, also announced a funding raise last week.
Almost all of the devices listed offer activity tracking features, but most also have a significant emphasis on coaching, insights...
October 13, 2014
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded an $10.8 million grant to launch a new initiative, called Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K), which will see a team of researchers working to better understand and develop tools that leverage data from health sensors and wearables. The team of researchers will be led by University of Memphis computer scientist Dr. Santosh Kumar.
October 1, 2014
Palo Alto, California-based Pebble, maker of an activity-tracking smartwatch has added continuous fitness tracking and sleep tracking to its smartwatch.
The company also lowered the price of its devices by $50 so it's original model now retails for $99, which is around the price of popular activity trackers including Jawbone and Fitbit. Pebble's higher end device, called Steel, now costs $199....
September 16, 2014
Burlingame, California-based Misfit, formerly Misft Wearables, today launched Misfit Flash, its second wearable device that tracks various activities and sleep. The sub-$50 Flash's pricepoint isn't the only difference between it and Misfit's original device, Shine. Flash is made out of "soft-touch" plastic instead of the Shine's stainless steel body. Flash comes in a variety of colors including "...
September 11, 2014
Apple's big wearable announcement Tuesday was met with excitement by some and disappointment by others. While health and fitness is a major selling point of the device, it's not the standout health wearable that it might have been. And with a price point starting at $349, it's a hard sell for consumers just looking for a better Fitbit.
The health tracker Apple Watch most resembles is the Basis...