September 8, 2014
Wearable device maker Misfit Wearables released its Misfit Developer Toolkit so that other health apps and devices can integrate Misfit's data into their products. So far, more than 30 companies have partnered with Misfit to use the developer kit.
The toolkit offers Misfit's cloud API, the device's SDK, and the company's scientific library, which includes Misfit’s...
September 3, 2014
At a recent event, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced that activity tracker company Basis Science will release a new version of its device sometime this year, according to a report from TechCrunch.
Intel acquired Basis Science in March for an undisclosed sum, but inconfirmed reports claimed that the deal was somewhere between $100 million and $150 million.
The Basis Band includes an optical blood...
August 1, 2014
In February of this year, the FDA cleared two wristworn activity trackers from British company Camntech: non-smartphone-connected, but highly accurate devices intended for use in clinical trials. In July, Australian company dorsaVi followed suit, obtaining clearance for its ViMove sensor system for detailed activity tracking. Meanwhile, Orthocare Innovations, a company...
July 29, 2014
Activity tracker company Fitbit launched a native app for Windows 8.1 that integrate data from a user's Fitbit device via Bluetooth. The company said they are the first company to offer an app for Windows 8.1 that directly syncs to a digital health device.
The app has most of the features that are also in the iOS and Android versions of the app including food logging features, statistics and...
July 16, 2014
Australian company dorsaVi has received FDA clearance for its ViMove sensor system. The sensor tracks movement as well as muscle activation, and is intended to be used in a clinical setting or with athletes in training.
Despite the preponderance of consumer fitness trackers, FDA-cleared devices for tracking movement in the clinical sphere are just starting to emerge, partly because of the...
July 15, 2014
Two recent surveys, one from activity tracker maker Withings and the other from research firm IDC Health Insights asked consumers about their engagement with connected health devices.
In the IDC survey, the research firm found that one out of three consumers who own fitness trackers stopped using their devices in the past 12 months. IDC adds that to maintain consumers' engagement with these...
July 10, 2014
Misfit Wearables, the company behind the Misfit Shine activity tracker, has upped its sleep tracking game, entering into a partnership with Beddit, the Helsinki, Finland-based mattress sensor startup. Customers will be able to purchase a co-branded Beddit device from Misfit's website, and the tracker will be integrated into the Misfit Shine app.
"It enables us to provide our users who are really...
July 10, 2014
Adidas has announced its latest activity tracker, just two weeks after rumors surfaced that the device might be announced sometime this year.
The activity tracker, called the Adidas Fit Smart, tracks heart rate, calories, pace, distance, and stride rate and is designed to help athletes when they are running or training. Fit Smart records data while users work out and then the companion app...
July 9, 2014
Washington, DC-based modus health, a spin-off of a prosthesis company called Orthocare Innovations, has launched with the goal of creating a wearable activity tracker for clinical use. The technology is building on a research device called StepWatch that Orthocare has been using for some time.
"It’s sort of a wearable [that was created] before wearables were cool and it is a validated wearable...
July 1, 2014
MyNetDiary's popular food tracking app
When it comes to weight loss, a simple food tracking application like MyNetDiary or MyFitnessPal might be a much better investment than $100 Fitbit or Jawbone device, at least according to newly released data from the Activity Exchange, a startup that aggregates health tracking data for payers, employers, and providers.
"We had sort of a more holistic...