April 20, 2021
Fitbit is officially rolling out its latest fitness tracker, the Luxe. It combines the health-and-wellness features of traditional Fitbit devices with stylized finishes designed to look like a piece of jewelry.
The company refers to the new tracker as its most elegant to date, one that also has the versatility to adjust to “a diverse range of wrist sizes and lifestyles for 24/7 wear.” It was...
April 15, 2021
A new health equity initiative from Fitbit is aiming to put research tools into the hands of traditionally underrepresented early career researchers to empower investigations into health disparities.
Announced this week, the Health Equity Research Initiative will award up to $500,000 in Fitbit products and services to researchers looking specifically at health inequalities in underserved...
April 8, 2021
Fitbit is gearing up for its latest research initiative, this time focusing on how its smartwatches can measure blood pressure without the traditional arm-cuff method, according to a company blog post.
Beginning this month, U.S. Fitbit Sense users who are at least 20 years old can participate in the study. It will look into how pulse arrival time (PAT) can be used to measure blood pressure.
April 7, 2021
Student athletes will now be donning Fitbits in an effort to study the connection between illnesses and wearable device tracking.
On April 1, the Pac-12 Conference announced a research collaboration with Fitbit and researchers at Stanford Medicine to study whether wearable devices can help detect and track infectious diseases like COVID-19.
About 1,000 student athletes across all Pac-12...
March 24, 2021
Sleep increased and bedtimes were later during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a study published in Sleep Health, which analyzed Fitbit data during the spring of 2020.
The study zeroed in on Fitbit user data across six major U.S. cities to gain insights about the impact of the pandemic on participants' bedtime and sleep duration during the early days of the pandemic.
March 9, 2021
Fitbit is rolling out its latest child-centered wearable called the Fitbit Ace 3 that can track activity and sleep. The latest technology is geared at children over the age of 6 and comes with an eight-day battery life.
The watch and connected app let families set fitness challenges. Parents are able to set limits as to what their child can see, and manage their children’s friend requests. The...
February 23, 2021
Fitbit has tapped alternative medicine advocate Dr. Deepak Chopra to headline a collection of wellness content for Fitbit Premium members.
Called "Deepak Chopra's Mindful Method for Fitbit," the offering launches with 10 sessions focused on topics such as mindfulness, breathing, stress management and sleep, with additional sessions coming every couple of weeks up to the beginning of June, Fitbit...
February 19, 2021
Wellness and fitness coaching app, actio has extended its seed round to €10 million with a new investment from fellow Berlin-based venture capital firm Heal Capital.
The startup secured a seed funding of €8.5 million from HV Capital and Cavalry Ventures in December 2020.
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February 12, 2021
SELF-MANAGEMENT PLATFORM FOR IBD PATIENTS
Social purpose company, Ampersand Health has announced its partnership with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS trust to roll out the inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) platform My IBD Care.
The initiative supports patients living with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis and facilitates remote monitoring and communications between these patients and...
February 10, 2021
NASA astronauts prepping for a space mission are about to get a new gadget thanks to a deal between the agency and Fitbit.
The two inked a deal in order to provide a Fitbit devices to 1,000 NASA employees—including 150 astronauts, in order for the workforce to make more informed decisions about going to work onsite during COVID-19.
With the deal, which is part of Fitbit’s Ready for Work program,...