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...
November 24, 2015
Considering recent events, big name consumer brands are more likely than ever to move into regulated medical devices.
Two weeks ago Apple CEO Tim Cook told a newspaper that while his company wouldn't put the Apple Watch through the motions of an FDA clearance process, Cook "wouldn't mind putting something adjacent to the watch through it." He said that before adding maybe that'd be an app or...
November 23, 2015
Fitbit has added a new functionality to its Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge trackers that will enable the device to readily distinguish between different kinds of movement, and has also upgraded the heart rate sensors in the trackers.
The automatic exercise recognition feature, called SmartTrack, will be automatically pushed out to current users of the two devices in an update. ...
November 18, 2015
In advance of the start of the holiday shopping season, Argus Insights has released a report on consumer perception and demand for wearables, based on the research firm's analysis of 6,000 global reviews and social media conversations. As expected, Apple Watch tops the demand for consumer smartwatches, but surprisingly Fitbit didn't top the dedicated fitness tracker category -- it came in second...
November 5, 2015
Based on its recently revealed third quarter results, Fitbit continues to grow on nearly all fronts. The company also told investors that it believes that launch of the Apple Watch has had no material effect on Fitbit's business to date:
"So, in terms of Apple: We haven't seen any material impact on our results," Fitbit Chairman and CEO James Park told investors during the company's quarterly...
November 4, 2015
Fitness device maker Polar recently launched a new wristworn activity tracking device, called Polar Loop Crystal, in partnership with Swarovski.
Loop Crystal offers the same functionalities and software available in Polar's Loop 2 band, which tracks steps, distance, sleep, and inactivity, but the Loop Crystal is embedded with 30 Swarovski crystals. While the Loop 2 costs $119.95, the Loop Crystal...
November 2, 2015
Jawbone has filed an answer and counterclaim against Fitbit in response to the patent infringement lawsuit that Fitbit filed in early September, according to TechCrunch.
The suit Fitbit filed in September alleged that Jawbone infringed on three patents, two of which were issued in May 2015 and a third that was issued in December 2014. The two from May 2015 were “Notifications On A...
October 27, 2015
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which puts on the massive CES event in Las Vegas every January, just published a set of voluntary guidelines for how technology companies should approach privacy and security for personal wellness data collected by wearable devices and other connected wellness devices.
The CEA said the guidelines represent a consensus among its member...
October 20, 2015
Fitbit’s corporate wellness offering, which became a HIPAA compliant platform a little over a month ago, has added a premium software feature to its program, called Corporate Challenges. The move adds additional momentum to Fitbit's enterprise-focused business, which recently added Target as a customer.
The company also announced a number of new enterprise customers including Aon Service...