June 24, 2014
Withings has joined the growing number of companies focusing on style above all else when it comes to wearable devices. The digital health device maker announced a new wristworn activity tracker, called Withings Activite, that looks similar to a regular analog watch.
This fall Activite will be available with a black or silver face for $390 in stores and on Withings' website.
The watch, designed...
June 16, 2014
Activity tracker shipments reached 2.35 million and outsold smartwatches four to one in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from ABI Research.
Fitbit is still the market leader, but coming in second to Fitbit is Garmin, followed by Nike and then Jawbone. ABI predicts that in the second quarter, Fitbit might face more competition from Samsung's Gear Fit.
“Activity trackers are...
June 4, 2014
Sony has officially launched its Sony SmartBand, the device that was announced at the big consumer electronics event CES earlier this year as the Sony Core, in the United States. The SmartBand helps users passively track various activities throughout their day -- including walking, running, and sleep.
The device launched in Europe earlier this year and consumers were able to purchase it online,...
April 24, 2014
Employee wellness programs have been one of the largest stakeholder groups to see the potential of wearable activity trackers -- ever since they hit the scene a few years ago. But hard data on how those trackers affect employee wellness hasn't been too common.
The Vitality Group, a US subsidiary of South Africa's Discovery Health, has released data from a three-year study of data collected...
April 15, 2014
hubbub health's mobile app
When Virgin Pulse (then Virgin HealthMiles) opened its services to (up to three) family members for free last fall, execs from the company told MobiHealthNews they predicted other employee wellness companies would follow suit. But hubbub health, a spin-off of Portland, Oregon-based Cambia Health Solutions, is doing one better, offering its gamified employee wellness...
April 3, 2014
A third of consumers who own a wearable device stopped using it within six months, according to consulting firm Endeavour Partners' September 2013 survey of 500 adults. Additionally, more than half of consumers who own one no longer use it.
The researchers received responses from 6,223 consumers in the United States about whether they owned a "modern activity tracker", which they described as...
March 17, 2014
Apple has made headlines several times in the last few months after rumors about the iWatch were leaked along with several hires. Amidst the hustle to interpret Apple's next moves for its expected iWatch and potential companion health app, several news sources have begun reporting on different Apple patents that might be incorporated into Apple's next device.
Here are several patents that Apple...
March 6, 2014
Jawbone, maker of the Jawbone UP activity tracker, launched an app today with a different take on sleep tracking. The app, UP Coffee, helps users regulate their caffeine intake and understand how caffeine affects their sleep. While the app is open for anyone to download, not just owners of a Jawbone UP wristband, if the user owns the UP or UP24, he or she can also sync UP Coffee with that device...
March 6, 2014
Sensor startup Misfit Wearables is expanding its product line to include clothing, just as we predicted last summer when the company filed for a trademark along those lines. But rather than clothing with built-in sensors, like OMSignal or Heapsylon, Misfit's new socks and t-shirts are branded garments with a specially sized pocket to hold the Misfit Shine, a quarter-sized activity tracker that is...
February 13, 2014
While it didn't release any specific financial details, b2b activity tracker company FitLinxx recently announced it saw a 55 percent increase in revenues year-over-year. FitLinxx cited increased demand for its trackers in corporate wellness programs as well as the company's expansion into consumer, health plan, and health care provider markets in the US and UK.
"The corporate wellness space is...