connected fitness devices

By Brian Dolan 04:00 am May 15, 2012
About 12 years ago engineers at IBM began to sketch out an idea for a weight loss application that rewarded employees for eating healthy food, according to a recent report in the New York Times. The article follows the story of the patent IBM secured late last year for this long-awaited healthy eating rewards application. One important detail that the Times seems to have missed is that within a...
By Brian Dolan 05:21 am April 25, 2012
This morning smart pedometer maker Striiv announced an updated feature set for its activity tracking device, which now enables users to setup challenges by pairing devices at close range over a short range wireless connection. Striiv also announced that its device, which has been available online and through the Home Shopping Network, is heading to 600 Best Buy stores across the country at the...
By Brian Dolan 07:08 am April 16, 2012
Allscripts' recently launched Wand EHR iPad app In late 2010 MobiHealthNews reported on one of the first announced integrations of data from a patient-facing mobile health application and an electronic medical record in use at a healthcare facility: WellDoc integrated its DiabetesManager program with Allscripts' EHR because that happened to be the system in use at WellDoc's partner site, George...
By Brian Dolan 05:10 pm 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,...
By Brian Dolan 01:53 am January 3, 2012
This week MobiHealthNews launched its latest paid research report, mObesity: How Mobile Tools Could Help Prevent Obesity Through Weight Management Apps and Connected Fitness Devices. The report focuses on the news, challenges, and missteps made by some of the highest profile companies offering connected fitness services today. In its 65 pages, mObesity includes a roundup of a couple dozen...
By Chris Gullo 12:07 pm October 5, 2011
Fitbit launched its second generation fitness tracking device, called Fitbit Ultra, which features new metrics and wireless features. The company also announced the launch of its first iPhone app. These are the first new product launches since the company debuted its flagship offering back in 2009. Like the original Fitbit device, the Ultra is a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking...
By Brian Dolan 08:14 am July 20, 2011
Affectiva, a start-up that aims to quantifiably analyze emotions to improve consumer experiences, announced this week that it has received a $5.7 million second round of financing. The funding was led by WPP's insight group Kantar and Myrian Capital, who will now have seats on Affectiva’s board of directors. Affectiva was founded in 2009 by two MIT scientists and started as a research project on...