May 29, 2012
Last week 13-year-old wearable health tracking device company BodyMedia formally served Basis Science, a startup working to bring its wearable tracking device to market, with a lawsuit that claims Basis' offering infringes on six patents held by BodyMedia in more than 100 ways. Basis filed its response and counterclaims within days.
I had a chance to discuss the suit with the CEO of BodyMedia,...
May 24, 2012
Photo Credit: Paul Savage Photography
By Padma Nagappan
Misfit Wearables, the wearable computing start-up with $7.6 million in funding, founded by Sonny Vu and Sridhar Iyengar, co-founders of AgaMatrix, and former Apple CEO John Sculley, has kept mum on what it's developing. During his presentation at the WLSA Convergence Summit in San Diego this week, Vu didn't reveal any secrets, but rather...
May 23, 2012
Wearable body monitor company BodyMedia has raised another $9.3 million in its most recent round of funding, which we reported on in late March, to make for a $12 million funding round. Newcomer Comcast Ventures led the round, which also included previous investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson ePlanet, Draper Triangle Ventures, Ascension Health Ventures and InCube Ventures. The company plans to use...
April 25, 2012
Last week, just a few days before connected fitness device maker Fitbit announced the commercial launch of its WiFi-enabled Aria scale, BodyMedia and Withings partnered up to integrate weight data from Withings' WiFi scale into BodyMedia user's online dashboards and apps. BodyMedia offers its own suite of connected fitness devices, but has not developed its own connected weight scale. Similarly,...
March 28, 2012
A recent article in the Baltimore Sun about a series of mobile health studies underway at Johns Hopkins University referenced a person familiar to many a MobiHealthNews reader: Susannah Fox, the healthcare research guru at the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
According to Fox, about 10 percent of U.S. adults who have cell phones – and nearly every adult in the country has one these days...
March 26, 2012
BodyMedia has raised more than $2.7 million in a recent round of funding that it hopes will soon hit $10 million, according to an SEC filing that MedCity News spotted. The company stated that the first equity sales occurred on March 13, 2012. So far the round of funding has included participation from four investors, according to the regulatory document.
BodyMedia's last round of funding,...
November 4, 2011
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone released Jawbone UP this week, a continuously-worn wristband sensor that tracks daily activity and sleep patterns. The device retails for $99.99 and is available starting November 6 at retailers including Target, Apple Stores, and Best Buy.
The UP band's sensors track steps walked, pace, calories burned, and active versus inactive time. Its sleep sensor tracks...
August 19, 2011
A new article from lifestyle blog Lifehacker, 'How I Got in Shape with the Help of Technology,' reviews multiple consumer connected health devices, including Fitbit, Withings Scale, RunKeeper and BodyMedia Fit. Writer Adam Pash combined the devices with regular exercise over an eight month period and lost ten pounds in the process. Back in 2009, the New York Times' David Pogue and AllThingsD's...
August 4, 2011
Fitness app maker RunKeeper has added eight new partners to its Health Graph, which it announced today in a blog post. According to the company, hundreds of apps are in the process of integrating with Health Graph.
The Health Graph API, which launched as an alpha release this June, allows users to aggregate data from the RunKeeper mobile app with other health and tracking services to provide a...
July 13, 2011
Popular Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone announced two things today: $70 million in new funding and plans to launch a new fitness device, called UP, later this year.
The wristband will monitor users movement and sleep patterns and pairs with a smartphone app that analyzes the data and provides users with challenges and social recommendations. Jawbone calls it "functional jewelry."