November 16, 2015
Withings has launched its third analog activity tracking device. This one, called Activite Steel, costs $169.95.
The new device is more expensive than the Activite Pop, which costs $149.95, but cheaper than the company's higher-end device, which costs $450.
Activite Steel shows the user two dials, similar to the other devices. One hand shows the user the time, while the other shows the user's...
November 3, 2015
Palo Alto, California-based Lumo Bodytech, which offers posture and activity tracking devices, has raised $10 million in a round led by WuXi Healthcare Ventures with participation from existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Innovation Endeavors, AME Cloud Ventures, and Innovalue Capital.
This brings the company's total funding to at least $16 million. Lumo has also raised around $2 million...
August 7, 2015
Boston-based fitness tracking company Lemonade Lab has raised $5.8 million in a round led by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group. This brings the company's total funding to at least $10.3 million.
The investment from Foxconn is strategic -- Foxconn will handle manufacturing for Lemonade Lab's forthcoming health-tracking device.
Lemonade Lab has created a fitness tracking system...
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...
July 29, 2015
Some 9 percent of respondents said they have used a telehealth service for a minor illness at least once since these tools became commercially available, according to a Healthline survey of 3,679 people who read Healthline.com, a medical information website. The survey was conducted in June 2015.
Within this group, 90 percent said their experience using telehealth services was the same or better...
July 27, 2015
Nike and Apple have agreed to settle a class action lawsuit, first filed two years ago, that claimed the companies made misleading statements about the Nike+ FuelBand's ability to track calories, steps, and NikeFuel. The lawsuit also argued that there was a failure to honor the warranty terms for Nike+ FuelBand.
Nike and Apple deny these allegations, but according to the settlement, in order to...
July 16, 2015
Misfit has announced a new inexpensive tracker, called Misfit Flash Link, which is a small circular device. Flash Link will be priced at $19.99 and will go on sale later this quarter in retail locations globally.
The Flash Link will sync data to a new app the Misfit is also launching, called Misfit Link. Link is only available on iOS for now but an Android version is coming next month. Users can...
July 13, 2015
Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue three of its MSN apps: MSN Health & Fitness, MSN Food and Drink, and MSN Travel, which are available on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. The shutterings will not affect Microsoft Health, a separate app that connects to the Microsoft Band.
"We regularly evaluate our business to ensure we’re focused on the areas where our users find the most...
June 11, 2015
More than 70 percent of Walgreens Balance Rewards members participating in the healthy choices program with a connected device were still active in the program a year later, according to Walgreens. The retail pharmacy released data from a series of studies the company conducted in 2014, showing that their rewards program increased adherence to hypertension and diabetes medications.
June 3, 2015
The wearable device market grew in Q1 for the eighth consecutive year, according to a report from research firm IDC. Approximately 11.4 million wearables were shipped in the first quarter this year, which is a 200 percent increase from the 3.8 million wearables shipped in the first quarter last year.
"Bucking the post-holiday decline normally associated with the first quarter is a strong sign for...