April 29, 2013
A new player has entered the already-crowded activity tracking field, with no $100 device to plug in, charge or sync. Moves, from Finnish startup ProtoGeo, is an activity tracker, but it takes the form of a free iPhone app rather than a wearable device, using a smartphone's built-in accelerometer and GPS to track movement continuously throughout the day.
The app has had 1.5 million downloads...
March 15, 2013
Samsung launched its much-hyped Galaxy S4 Android phone last night at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, announcing a bevy of features and peripherals including an impressive suite of connected health and fitness trackers. The company is billing the device as a "life companion," and is advertising the health tracking features as part of that experience.
"The Galaxy S4's numerous sensors...
February 1, 2013
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The Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS is working on a new texting initiative, based on the successful public health texting initiative Text4Baby, called TXT4Tots. The department is soliciting via the Federal Registry for ways to distribute their library of text messages designed to promote wellness, nutrition and exercise for parents of children under...
December 17, 2012
Earlier this month, when Google updated one of its premiere Android applications, it quietly added a personal activity tracker.
Google Now is an Android-only app that uses Google services to smartly deliver users various kinds of information to help them throughout their day - without them having to ask. When Google updated the application at the beginning of December, they didn't mention the...
November 27, 2012
A new meta-analysis of 11 studies shows that mobile device-enabled interventions can help increase people's physical activity. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the first meta-analysis of its kind, according to the authors.
The 11 studies looked at a broad range of mobile interventions, a few of which seem out of date in the current market. Eight of the 11 used...
July 30, 2012
The past year has included the launch, recall, and still-imminent-launch of a handful of activity tracking devices: Nike's FuelBand, Jawbone's UP, and the Basis Band, respectively. (Update: Jawbone doesn't consider its "no questions asked" voluntary full refund offer to Jawbone UP users a "recall" since the device did not pose safety issues, a spokesperson tells MobiHealthNews.)