January 20, 2014
Wearable devices could make the transition from wristworn trackers in 2014 to health sensors which are completely embedded on and in a user's body in 2018, according to a report from PSFK Labs and iQ by Intel, an online magazine curated by Intel employees.
The report created three categories for wearable devices today: connected intimacy, tailored ecosystem and co-evolved possibilities. The three...
January 7, 2014
Virgin Pulse, the corporate wellness and engagement company formerly known as Virgin HealthMiles, launched its own proprietary activity tracker called the Virgin Pulse Max at CES in Las Vegas.
"We call it Max, and Max is a companion," Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce told MobiHealthNews. "We want people to think about this as a little companion they have in their life that helps them lead a better...
January 7, 2014
Palo Alto, California-based Lumo Body Tech, makers of the Lumoback posture and activity tracking device, announced plans this week to crowdfund its next generation wearable, Lumo Lift. Lift is considerably smaller than its predecessor, and instead of taking the form factor of a belt, the new device uses a magnetic clasp to clip to the wearer's clothing.
"We learned that many of our existing...
December 2, 2013
Sensor startup Misfit Wearables announced that it has added Android support for its Misfit Shine activity tracker, just six months after dropping Android support from its original launch. According to the company, Shine will now work with any phone that both runs Android 4.3 or higher and has Bluetooth Smart connectivity, including Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Google Nexus 4 and 5, and the...
October 28, 2013
Samsung and Cigna have announced a multi-year partnership to develop health and wellness related features on Samsung's S Health app, which comes with Samsung Galaxy SIII and S4.
S Health already offers users manual-entry tracking features for food, sleep, and blood glucose and integration from third party devices. With the launch of Galaxy S4, all these features were enhanced because of the...
October 16, 2013
After nearly a year of waiting, UK-based Fitbug, the self-styled economy option in the fitness tracker space, launched the $49.99 Fitbug Orb, which it originally announced at CES in January.
The orb's form factor resembles that of the Misfit Shine, a small sphere with an optional wristband, lanyard, or clip allowing it to be worn in a number of different ways. The device tracks steps, aerobic...
October 10, 2013
Fitbit officially announced its new device, Fitbit Force, which was leaked last week. It will be available from "select retailers" in three to four weeks at $129.95.
As part of a future update, for iPhones 4S and higher that are running on iOS 7, users can choose to receive incoming call notifications on their Fitbit Force device if the phone is nearby, a feature common on smartwatches.
October 4, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Consumer wearable devices -- including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches -- will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a new report from Berg Insight. That's up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent.
Berg predicts smartwatches will eclipse fitness...
October 4, 2013
Fitbit is getting ready to release yet another fitness device, the Fitbit Force, according to a report from The Verge. This new device builds on the Fitbit Flex and will be the more expensive option when launched. The rumored device has a built in altimeter to measure altitude, which would improve its stair climber metric. The device also has watch functionality.
This was the second big...
October 1, 2013
Fitlinxx, the activity tracker hardware company, is partnering with health and wellness website SparkPeople to provide a branded version of its Pebble activity tracker for users of the site. This is Fitlinxx's first venture into direct to consumer wellness.
"We've been predominately focused on the corporate wellness and healthcare provider space," David Monahan, President and CEO of Fitlinxx told...