April 9, 2015
Fitbit announced today that it has changed the way it calculates and displays active minutes for users.
The company explained that its activity trackers will only count active minutes if a user participates in an activity for over 10 minutes, which is what the American Heart Association recommends. This will not affect the user's step count numbers.
"This 10-minute rule means that...
March 31, 2015
Apple's newest offering, the Apple Watch, is set to launch April 24th. When the watch launches in a few weeks, Apple will launch a new section in its app store specifically for Apple Watch apps.
The Apple Watch, which was announced September 2014, will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will extrapolate further data...
March 23, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch
Fitbit has added two new features, bike tracking and multi-tracker support, to its most advanced wristworn activity tracker, the Fitbit Surge. In unrelated news, last week, President Obama was seen wearing a Fitbit Surge. That's not entirely unexpected since he mentioned a month prior that he was planning to try out the Apple Watch to track his workouts and that he hadn...
February 3, 2015
Researchers from Northwestern University have launched a study that will analyze how monitoring the physical activity of patients who underwent spine surgery, using Fitbit activity trackers, could help them predict the patient's recovery time.
Mayo Clinic published results of a similar study that used Fitbit devices to track recovery time of cardiac patients back in 2013.
Northwestern is ...
January 14, 2015
Leaked screenshots of Apple's companion app, published by 9to5Mac, offer a glimpse at how the Apple Watch, Apple's soon-to-be-released smartwatch, will handle activity and fitness.
When it was announced in September, Apple CEO Tim Cook explained that the watch will track movement through a built-in accelerometer and heart rate through optical sensors in the back of the device. It will also...
January 7, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Milan, Italy-based Empatica is crowdfunding a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market. The technology has an initial primary focus on epilepsy, but is also usable for activity, stress and sleep tracking in healthy individuals and will gradually add use cases for other chronic conditions including...
October 15, 2014
Details and images of two upcoming Fitbit activity tracker devices, called Charge and Charge HR, have leaked, according to a report from Gizmodo.
Fitbit first mentioned their new generation of devices in February when they voluntarily recalled the Fitbit Force after just less than 2 percent of Force owners complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually...
September 29, 2014
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the philanthropic arm of insurance company Florida Blue, researchers with affiliations to Johns Hopkins Medicine, are launching a study on how tracking devices and apps can help obese teenagers make healthier decisions, according to a Reuters report.
The researchers recently visited a high school in Florida to begin recruiting the 50 teenagers it plans to sign up...
August 6, 2014
Wearable activity tracker company Misfit Wearables has hired former Apple senior engineering manager Josh Banko, according to a report from VentureBeat. Banko is now Misfit's vice president of hardware.
Apple credits Banko as one of the co-inventors of the iPad, but in early January 2013 he was terminated. In December 2013, he sued Apple for wrongfully terminating his employment, according to...
July 1, 2014
MyNetDiary's popular food tracking app
When it comes to weight loss, a simple food tracking application like MyNetDiary or MyFitnessPal might be a much better investment than $100 Fitbit or Jawbone device, at least according to newly released data from the Activity Exchange, a startup that aggregates health tracking data for payers, employers, and providers.
"We had sort of a more holistic...