Fitbit

By Aditi Pai 05:30 am March 31, 2015
San Francisco-based Fitbit acquired fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, for at least $17.8 million, according to an SEC filing. FitStar had previously raised $5 million from Advancit Capital, Google Ventures, Trinity Ventures, Floodgate, and Mesa Ventures, according to CrunchBase. In the filing, Fitbit selected "yes", when asked "Is this offering being made in connection with a business...
By Aditi Pai 05:05 am March 23, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch Fitbit has added two new features, bike tracking and multi-tracker support, to its most advanced wristworn activity tracker, the Fitbit Surge. In unrelated news, last week, President Obama was seen wearing a Fitbit Surge. That's not entirely unexpected since he mentioned a month prior that he was planning to try out the Apple Watch to track his workouts and that he hadn...
By Aditi Pai 11:24 am March 18, 2015
HTC, manufacturer of Android and Windows mobile devices, has released an activity tracking app in the Google Play store, called Fun Fit. The app tracks steps, distance, calories burned, and time spent being active. It creates daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly charts to help users understand their activity history. HTC aims to keep the app fun by providing the user with an avatar and...
By Aditi Pai 08:47 am March 12, 2015
Apple has stopped selling a number of fitness tracking devices in its stores recently, including Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker, and, as Re/Code reported this morning, Jawbone Up24, Nike FuelBand SE, and Mio's wristworn heart rate tracker. Apple pulled the devices just about a month before it plans to launch its own activity tracker, the Apple Watch. Apple also no longer carries Misfit's...
By Jonah Comstock 08:37 am March 5, 2015
Weight loss company NutriSystem stressed that its weight loss app was a key part of its strategy moving forward, according to the company's Q4 earnings call. The company's core offering is an end-to-end weight loss system: The company sends users ingredients and food preparation instructions via snail mail. But the NuMi app, soft launched in March 2014 and officially launched in December, can...
By Aditi Pai 04:32 am March 5, 2015
San Francisco-based Fitbit has confirmed that it will acquire fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, to add more training features, according to a report from TechCrunch. The tech publication had previously reported the deal would be between $25 million to $40 million and include a mix of cash and stock. FitStar is backed by Google Ventures and Trinity Ventures. Fitbit already offers a premium...
By Aditi Pai 07:15 am February 27, 2015
Fitbit is in discussions to acquire fitness coaching app developer, FitStar, for $25 to $40 million in a mix of cash and stock as early as next week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The report adds that it's possible the deal may not go through. FitStar has created two apps, FitStar Personal Trainer and FitStar Yoga. The latter launched a few months ago. Both applications are free to...
By Aditi Pai 07:26 am February 19, 2015
The University of San Diego’s California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) data sharing initiative, called Health Data Exploration (HDE), has awarded a total of $200,000 to five projects that aim to use aggregated personal health data to advance research. Some of the projects involve big digital health names like Fitbit, RunKeeper, and PatientsLikeMe. Calit2,...
By Aditi Pai 06:36 am February 19, 2015
President Barack Obama is considering using an Apple Watch because of its fitness capabilities, according to a recent interview with Re/Code Cofounder Kara Swisher. “I don’t have a Fitbit yet, but I work out hard,” he told Swisher. “Word is these Apple Watches might be a good companion for my workouts. So I’m gonna see, I’m gonna test it out." Obama continued: "I don’t want to give Tim Cook too...
By Brian Dolan 09:10 am February 18, 2015
Fitbit has won the trademark infringement lawsuit case that UK-based Fitbug brought against it in March 2013, according to court documents posted last month. As it happens with cases like these, there were a number of claims and counterclaims, but the crucial blow to Fitbug's suit was that the company waited four and a half years -- too long -- to bring it to the court's attention. "In this case...