February 5, 2019
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open that employs Fitbit activity trackers found additional recorded steps were directly correlated to shorter hospital stays following an inpatient surgical procedure. Conducted at Cedars-Sinai, the investigation also attributed the monitors with improved accuracy when assessing a patient’s daily step count.
“We’re operationalizing this pop culture tech...
January 21, 2019
Fitbit has discreetly launched a new pair of wearable activity trackers well away from the public eye. Called the Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR, the devices are designed specifically for health plans, wellness plans, health systems and other enterprise partners — so much so that the two are completely unavailable for consumer purchase.
"Fitbit Inspire and Fitbit Inspire HR are the first...
March 27, 2018
As wearables shipments hit 350 million in 2020 (up from 224 million in 2018), healthcare wearables are poised to bring in more revenue via subscription services than wearables in any other industry, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
The report uses AliveCor and Quell as examples of health wearables with a subscription business model, predicting that such companies will pull in $2....
March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way.
Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...
August 6, 2015
Fitbit sold 4.5 million activity tracking devices in the second quarter of 2015, resulting in revenue of $400 million, Fitbit CEO James Park reported in the company's second quarter earning call. He added that this compares to revenue of $114 million in the same period last year and represents year-over-year growth of 250 percent.
Since first launching, Fitbit has sold over 25...
March 24, 2015
Juniper Research predicts that connected healthcare and fitness device services will produce $1.8 billion in annual revenues by 2019, according to a new report, a sixfold increase from 2015, which has predicted revenues of $320 million.
The services market is due to explode because in order to succeed, connected fitness devices will have to shift their focus from just hardware, to software and...
March 19, 2015
Fitness wearables are big these days. Going on a tenth of the population has them, their visibility is on the rise through TV commercials, and even the President is talking about getting one. And, of course, the upcoming Apple Watch will feature fitness tracking functionality. So it's no surprise that headlines that take the wind out of wearables are, as Wired's Brent Rose puts it in a new piece...
February 18, 2015
Fitbit has won the trademark infringement lawsuit case that UK-based Fitbug brought against it in March 2013, according to court documents posted last month. As it happens with cases like these, there were a number of claims and counterclaims, but the crucial blow to Fitbug's suit was that the company waited four and a half years -- too long -- to bring it to the court's attention.
"In this case...
January 14, 2015
Camera rental startup Lumoid recently launched a health and fitness device rental service so that people can try out different wearables before deciding which one they want.
Lumoid founder Aarthi Ramamurthy told MobiHealthNews in an email that the decision to expand into wearables from photo and video equipment came entirely from the customers.
"We asked our customers what other products they'd...
January 5, 2015
Misfit, maker of the Shine and Flash activity trackers, has partnered with Swarovski to create two new versions of the Shine that feature a crystal face and look even more like jewelry than the company's original polished aluminum device. One of the devices, the violet Swarovski Shine, uses solar charging to stay powered up -- sunlight, LEDs, or halogen lighting all keep the device up and running...