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...
February 3, 2016
Fitbit has launched a new activity tracking device, called Fitbit Alta, which it calls its most stylish to date. The device is available for preorder now and is expected to ship in early March.
“Fitbit Alta will turn heads as our most fashionable device yet,” Fitbit CEO James Park said in a statement. “The attractive, versatile design of this new fitness tracker fits seamlessly into daily life –...
January 25, 2016
There’s been much ado lately about Fitbit’s heart rate tracking technology, found in its Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge trackers. A recent class action lawsuit alleges that the devices are inaccurate and endanger consumers and a second lawsuit says the technology infringes on Valencell’s patents.
Now Consumer Reports, which proclaimed the accuracy of the devices when it reviewed them...
January 21, 2016
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is embarking on a small study to see if a Fitbit Charge HR can help oncologists assess whether their patients are active enough for chemotherapy.
“What we know is that individuals who are up and about tend to be more able to tolerate chemotherapy and have a greater potential for benefitting from it,” Dr. Arvind Shinde, a faculty physician in the departments of...
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...
January 7, 2016
Fitbit is facing yet another class action suit, this time over its heart rate monitoring, which plaintiffs claim is inaccurate to a dangerous degree.
“Plaintiffs and many consumers like them have experienced — and testing confirms — that the PurePulse trackers consistently mis-record heart rates by a very significant margin, particularly during exercise,” the suit alleges. “This failure did not...
January 6, 2016
The event once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, is upon us once again, and once again we're ringing in the new year with a range of health and fitness device announcements from both established players and new upstarts. We've already reported this week on the latest from Fitbit and Withings, as well as Under Armour's new foray, with HTC, into connected fitness hardware. All that is...
January 5, 2016
Fitbit has launched its newest and arguably most stylish fitness tracking device, called Blaze, which offers similar functionality to a smartwatch.
Blaze has a color display and offers on-screen workouts, powered by FitStar, a company Fitbit acquired last year. Similar to Surge, the device also provides users with workout summaries, call and text notification, and music control. Blaze has a five...
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...
December 2, 2015
According to a new report from Parks Associates, ownership of digital health and wellness devices in the United States -- especially fitness trackers -- is steadily climbing. And, the report contends, reports of widespread abandonment of fitness trackers are greatly exaggerated.
Parks spoke with 5,000 US broadband households and found that 33 percent have adopted a digital health technology, up...