Apple Watch

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...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2016
When the Apple Watch launched last year, Dexcom announced that it would have an Apple Watch app ready for its G4 continuous glucose monitor system, and it did. While users could see their CGM data on their wrist, that data had to go on a long trip to get there. With the G4, the implant sent data to a receiver box which sent data to the phone which sent data to the watch, and the user needed to...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2016
At CES this year, a smartphone-connected pregnancy test turned some heads. But it turns out that use case might not require its own device -- just a Fitbit and a clever online community. As Buzzfeed reported last week, one New York City woman found out she was pregnant after her Fitbit device displayed a mysteriously elevated heartrate, and her husband turned to online discussion site Reddit for...
By Aditi Pai February 5, 2016
Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watches last year, according to Canalys. The research firm estimated that Apple Watch shipments made up about two thirds of all shipments in 2015. Samsung had the second largest number of shipments followed by Pebble and Huawei.  Canalys also reported that shipments for what it calls "basic bands" reached 37 million last year. Fitbit led the category followed by...
By Jonah Comstock January 14, 2016
The wearable space is evolving to the point where the difference between smartwatches and fitness trackers will be one of branding and aesthetics, rather than functionality, according to a new report from Juniper Research. "The Gear Fit and several other more recent models of fitness wearable like the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge, as well as the Razer Nabu, offer notification services for calls and...
By Jonah Comstock January 5, 2016
Raleigh, North Carolina-based heart rate sensor company Valencell is suing both Apple and Fitbit over alleged patent infringement, and is accusing Apple of additional deceit as well. A lawsuit filed in North Carolina yesterday alleges that Apple stole the technology that powers the heart rate sensor in the Apple Watch from Valencell, obtaining said technology through insincere partnership...