Apple Watch

By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2016
Apple's announcement day today focused a lot on the new iPhone 7, but the most exciting news for health and fitness fans was related to the Apple Watch series 2, which ups the ante for fitness tracking in several ways. The device is swimproof, has a built-in GPS, and a special version will be created in partnership with Nike. "We call it Apple Watch series 2 and it has been completely re-...
By Jonah Comstock August 16, 2016
When it was announced in 2014, the Apple Watch included only a limited array of health sensors -- heart rate and activity tracking capabilities mainly -- despite Apple hires and rumors that suggested more. A Wall Street journal article last year gave some insight into the disconnect, saying that accuracy concerns plagued the project. Now a Fast Company interview with Bob Messerschmidt, a former...
By Heather Mack July 18, 2016
The days of counting your own hops, skips and jumps are over with Smart Rope, an LED-embedded jump rope that tracks rope rotations with a mid-air digital display. While jump ropes have long been known as among the most lightweight and portable of all workout equipment, this offering from Seoul-based Tangram Factory turns it into a digital health tracker with the Smart Gym app. The $90 rope comes...
By Jonah Comstock June 17, 2016
At its World Wide Developers Conference this week, Apple introduced several updates to the health and fitness features on the Apple Watch that will come with the launch of the new WatchOS: a new emergency alert feature called SOS, some updates to the device's Activity app, and a new meditation app called Breathe. Breathe is an app that walks users through short deep-breathing exercises. Users can...
By Aditi Pai May 16, 2016
Wearable tracking device shipments reached 19.7 million units in the first quarter of 2016, up 67 percent year over year from 11.8 million units. Two areas where the market showed continued growth are smart watches and basic wearables, which are devices that don’t run third party applications. "The good news is that the wearables market continues to mature and expand," IDC Wearables Research...
By Jonah Comstock May 3, 2016
The Apple Watch commercially launched just over a year ago, and in that time there's one question that's been asked a number of times: Is it a Fitbit competitor? Will multipurpose smartwatches ultimately kill single-purpose fitness trackers? And recently a different line of questions has emerged, about whether consumers need a general purpose smartwatch at all. Fitbit CEO James Park told the New...
By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon. “At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2016
A former Apple executive has launched an Indiegogo campaign for Cor, his two-year-old consumer blood tracking startup formerly known as Neuon. Bob Messerschmidt worked on optics and spectrometry for the Apple Watch for three years after his previous startup, Rare Light, was quietly acquired by Apple. The company already has $1 million in seed funding, according to a report in TechCrunch, but is...
By Skip Snow March 17, 2016
Electronic health record giant Epic is working on an app for Apple’s Watch, according to CEO Judy Faulkner. “Limerick on the Apple Watch,” she called it. The app enables doctors to receive alerts via Apple Watch so if they are waiting on test results about one patient, that physician can know immediately when those come through regardless of where in the health system doctor and patient are at...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
This morning, San Francisco-based AliveCor rebranded its AliveCor Mobile ECG device as Kardia Mobile and unveiled a second, upcoming hardware product, an Apple Watch strap that can take electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) readings, called KardiaBand. The strap is not yet commercially available because it still needs to secure FDA-clearance. AliveCor also announced new features for the Kardia Mobile...