activity trackers

By Aditi Pai 07:30 am December 11, 2014
Jawbone has launched an employee wellness program, called Up for Groups, which is designed for any group with 10 or more participants. Until now, Jawbone has been a direct to consumer company with various devices including wristworn trackers UP24 and UP3 as well as clip-on tracker UP Move. Up for Groups, Jawbone Wellness and Platform Group Manager Andrew Rosenthal explains in a blog post, is ...
By Aditi Pai 05:32 am November 21, 2014
As a GfK survey found earlier this year, just 6 percent of UK and US consumers currently own a wearable device, but according to mobile industry association MEF's recent survey of 15,000 consumers in 15 countries across 5 continents, about half of consumers know they exist. "It's fair to assume most of the above users are wearing some kind of health-tracking wristband such as Fitbit," MEF...
By Brian Dolan 10:09 am August 28, 2014
According to research firm Parks Associates the number of doctor-patient video consultations in the US will almost triple over the next year. "The number of doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple from this year to the next, from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015, and will exceed 130 million in 2018," Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks...
By Aditi Pai 06:49 am July 1, 2014
An estimated 330 million smartwatches will ship worldwide by 2018, up from less than 4 million in 2013, according to a recent projection from research firm ON World. Fitness tracking is the most preferred feature on a smartwatch, ON World found in a survey of 1,000 online US consumers. The survey also found that 55 percent of respondents would prefer wearable technology on their wrists over any...
By Brian Dolan 10:55 am June 26, 2014
According to a recent report from ON World, in the next fives years an estimated 700 million wearable technology devices will ship worldwide, which will make for a $47.4 billion market. The research firm predicts that hardware sales will continue to dominate revenues for the next five years but monitoring services, apps, and subscriptions will have faster growth rates. “Over the past two years,...
By Aditi Pai 07:59 am May 1, 2014
Samsung Gear Fit Almost 75 percent of Americans believe wearable technology will have a positive impact on health, sports, and fitness industries, according to a couple of surveys conducted by ON World that included responses from 2,000 consumers. “Wireless technologies such as Bluetooth Smart have made wearable technologies appealing to mainstream consumers,” Mareca Hatler, ON World’s...
By Brian Dolan 06:00 am April 23, 2014
Redwood City, California-based Misfit Wearables, which offers the activity tracking device Shine, announced today the availability of a new stainless steel pendant necklace, called Bloom, that Shine owners can use to wear their devices in a new way. Recently Misfit announced that it was selling socks and t-shirts for Shine users that included a tiny pocket where the Shine device could snugly fit...
By Brian Dolan 08:37 am April 2, 2014
The MobiHealthNews team received a number of emails about yesterday's -- completely made-up -- April Fools' Edition of the MobiHealthNewsletter. We're glad so many of you enjoyed it. If you didn't get a chance to read it yet, be sure to dig it out of your inbox -- it's a newsletter subscriber exclusive. And if you do re-visit it, please note there was a small mixup on one of the bylines -- our...
By Aditi Pai 10:21 am February 14, 2014
Sports and fitness features not only dominate the wearables market, but continue to drive adoption, according to a report from ABI Research. Activity tracking, which includes simple step counting as well as more advanced tracking of specific types of movement, was the most popular feature of wearable devices in 2013 -- 16 million wearable devices with this functionality were shipped. After...
By Aditi Pai 06:35 am February 12, 2014
Leroy Hood In March, Seattle, Washington-based Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) president Leroy Hood will launch a 9-month pilot study of 100 individuals to measure their health over time with digital devices, according to Nature. During the 9 months, individuals in the pilot will be monitored, provided with feedback, and coached to make lifestyle changes. The subjects will be given...