January 20, 2014
MapMyFitness's first big announcement since it was acquired by Under Armour is Activity Feed, a new more in-depth social sharing platform for MapMyFitness users. MapMyFitness general manager Chris Glode told MobiHealthNews that the Activity Feed has been in the works for a while and is not a product of the acquisition.
"Certainly there's a lot of users who are very open about their fitness and...
January 17, 2014
This is the very first MobiHealthNews In-depth -- our weekly series of longer form journalism focused on industry trends, pressing issues, and important events. This week we rounded up some digital health-related takeaways from the massive International CES 2014 event that recently took place in Las Vegas. The event's original name, the Consumer Electronics Show, points to its core focus, but the...
January 8, 2014
According to a recent report from the NPD Group, San Francisco-based Fitbit shipped 67 percent of all activity tracking devices in 2013. The company's devices also accounted for 77 percent of the "full body activity trackers" shipped during the five weeks leading up to Christmas. That's up from about 60 percent for 2012's holiday season, according to Fitbit. NPD also estimated that the digital...
October 1, 2013
Wearable connected device revenues will grow to more than $6 billion in 2018, according to new findings from ABI Research. The survey tracked four areas: sports, fitness and wellness; home monitoring devices; remote patient monitoring; and professional (on-site) healthcare.
Of the four markets, sports, fitness and wellness was the largest, always producing at least half the revenue over the...
August 26, 2013
A casual mention tucked into the press release on Nike's latest ad campaign sparked some interest from The Next Web last week, as Nike revealed that its Nike+ ecosystem now has more than 18 million users. While that statistic certainly sounds impressive, it might be helpful to put it in some context.
Many fitness companies -- particularly device makers like Fitbit and Jawbone...
August 16, 2013
A new report from "consumer troubleshooting" site FixYa shows that proprietary chargers, data inaccuracies, and missing features are some of the top complaints consumers have about their wearable activity trackers.
Using data from consumer issues and complaints posted on FixYa, the company put together a list of five of the most high-profile devices -- Fitbit Flex, Nike+ Fuelband, Jawbone UP,...
July 18, 2013
Withings, the Paris-based maker of connected health devices, has raised $30 million in venture funding, only the second funding round for the 4-year-old company. The round was led by a $15 million contribution from Bpifrance with additional contributions by Idinvest Partners and 360 Capital Partners, and previous investor Ventech. Withings raised $3.8 million (3 million euros) from Ventech back...
June 7, 2013
By Aditi Pai, Jonah Comstock, & Brian Dolan
Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealthNews has tracked health-related wearable devices from their infancy as research projects at university...
June 5, 2013
As wearable all-day activity trackers compete to be smaller, more convenient, and more comfortable, there's one problem many of the newer entrants are running into: battery life. If users are supposed to be wearing a tracker all the time, when do they plug it in? And the point when a user takes off a wearable device to plug it into the wall is the point when they're most likely to lose interest...
May 24, 2013
Research firm ON World is predicting a fitness tracking capability will be a top consumer requirement for forthcoming smartwatches.
"Some sports and fitness markets will be disrupted by the emergence of new general purpose mobile sensing products such as smartwatches," Mareca Hatler, ON World's research director, said in a statement. “Also, dedicated mobile sensing sports and fitness device...