September 29, 2014
Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the philanthropic arm of insurance company Florida Blue, researchers with affiliations to Johns Hopkins Medicine, are launching a study on how tracking devices and apps can help obese teenagers make healthier decisions, according to a Reuters report.
The researchers recently visited a high school in Florida to begin recruiting the 50 teenagers it plans to sign up...
September 17, 2014
About a week ago Fitbit hired a lobbyist firm to represent its interests on the Hill, as the National Journal reported. According to the official lobbyist registration form, Heather Podesta + Partners will help Fitbit "educate lawmakers regarding health and fitness devices". The form also lists two general issues of interest to Fitbit: health care issues and consumer issues around safety and...
September 11, 2014
Weight Watchers announced that its app will now sync with activity trackers Jawbone and Fitbit so that users of the diet and food logging program can see how their fitness data correlates with their nutrition data.
"Losing weight and keeping it off is best achieved by focusing on both eating and activity, and most of us need skills and support to do both," Weight Watchers Chief Scientific Officer...
September 9, 2014
As Apple gets ready for its long-awaited wearable device announcement later today, a couple of other wearables in the fitness tracking space are following the Apple model of vaguely hinting about upcoming releases. Intel teased the new Basis Band at the Intel Developer Forum this morning, Jawbone has been leaking hints to the press about a new, more open ecosystem, Misfit Wearables released a...
August 12, 2014
Although one third of consumers who own wearable devices stop using them within six months, the rate of adoption of smart wearable technology has increased, according to a survey of 1,700 device owners from Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Endeavour Partners.
In the survey, Endeavour Partners only looked at wearable trackers worn persistently throughout the day and avoided wearable trackers that...
July 31, 2014
Two years after its first foray into the hardware space, Austrian fitness company Runtastic is launching a new $119.99 wearable activity tracker, the Runtastic Orbit. The company aims to differentiate itself from the crowded activity tracker market by closely integrating the device with Runtastic's existing ecosystem of fitness apps, and also by targeting the European market, which is not yet as...
July 29, 2014
Activity tracker company Fitbit launched a native app for Windows 8.1 that integrate data from a user's Fitbit device via Bluetooth. The company said they are the first company to offer an app for Windows 8.1 that directly syncs to a digital health device.
The app has most of the features that are also in the iOS and Android versions of the app including food logging features, statistics and...
July 22, 2014
Fogg speaking at SXSW last year
Retail pharmacy company Walgreens is bolstering its rewards program by training some of its pharmacists and online customer reps in Stanford psychologist and mobile health expert Dr. BJ Fogg's behavior change methodology, called Tiny Habits. Over the years Fogg has had considerable influence in mobile health through his advisory services to industry, published...
July 15, 2014
The corporate wellness market is an increasingly big opportunity for activity trackers like Fitbit, but data is just now starting to come in about how much those programs really help corporations. According to a recent story in Citeworld, however, one company, San Francisco-based Appirio, has saved $280,000 in annual insurance payments by implementing a wellness program using Fitbits....
July 9, 2014
Washington, DC-based modus health, a spin-off of a prosthesis company called Orthocare Innovations, has launched with the goal of creating a wearable activity tracker for clinical use. The technology is building on a research device called StepWatch that Orthocare has been using for some time.
"It’s sort of a wearable [that was created] before wearables were cool and it is a validated wearable...