February 5, 2019
A study recently published in JAMA Network Open that employs Fitbit activity trackers found additional recorded steps were directly correlated to shorter hospital stays following an inpatient surgical procedure. Conducted at Cedars-Sinai, the investigation also attributed the monitors with improved accuracy when assessing a patient’s daily step count.
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August 30, 2016
Though rumors have been circulating for some time, Fitbit officially announced its new versions of the Fitbit Flex and Fitbit Charge devices yesterday. At the same time, the company announced new Fitbit app features and a new line of designer devices.
The biggest difference between the Fitbit Flex 2 and the Fitbit Flex is that the new device is sufficiently water-resistant to be worn while...
August 6, 2015
Fitbit sold 4.5 million activity tracking devices in the second quarter of 2015, resulting in revenue of $400 million, Fitbit CEO James Park reported in the company's second quarter earning call. He added that this compares to revenue of $114 million in the same period last year and represents year-over-year growth of 250 percent.
Since first launching, Fitbit has sold over 25...
May 7, 2015
One of the first companies in the connected fitness wearables market, San Francisco-based Fitbit, has registered for an initial public offering. While the company included a placeholder figure of $100 million for what it hopes to raise, the SEC filing is chock full of financial data for the company, which is turning an impressive profit, as well as other performance data like active users and...
April 6, 2015
Misfit Flash, one of the devices that will be used in the study.
AARP has launched a new research initiative, called Project Catalyst, where the organization will work with partners including Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare, and Georgia Tech to promote an increased focus on users over 50 in digital health research and development. The first project of the new initiative, focused on sleep and activity...
October 27, 2014
Just a week after news leaked about activity tracker maker Fitbit's next generation of devices, the company has announced its three new trackers -- Charge, Charge HR, and Surge.
The trackers will monitor everything the Fitbit Force tracked: steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and sleep. One new feature which wasn't revealed in the leaks is that the devices will now offer automatic...
October 20, 2014
This week there's a new report about leaked details of an upcoming Fitbit device -- this is the third device that has leaked from Fitbit in recent weeks -- The Verge reports that the Fitbit Surge will cost about $250 and will offer GPS-enabled distance tracking, heart rate sensing, and call and text message notifications. That would make the Surge the first Fitbit with GPS and the...
October 15, 2014
According to a report in Re/Code, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in Apple stores in the near future. Apple didn't make an official statement as to the reasons for the decision.
The timing of the report comes on the heels of Fitbit's surprising decision not to integrate with Apple's HealthKit. The company said it found the technology interesting but it didn't yet see the value in...
October 15, 2014
Details and images of two upcoming Fitbit activity tracker devices, called Charge and Charge HR, have leaked, according to a report from Gizmodo.
Fitbit first mentioned their new generation of devices in February when they voluntarily recalled the Fitbit Force after just less than 2 percent of Force owners complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually...