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...
June 30, 2014
The updated Fitbit app tracks frequency of exercise on a calendar.
Fitbit has announced a major update to its iOS app, which will be accessible to users of the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One, and Fitbit Zip devices. The app update adds two new feature sets to Fitbit's app: MobileRun, which will add a number of capabilities for runners, and enhanced food logging tools, including one that integrates...
June 25, 2014
Physicians Interactive (PI), the digital health marketing company that offers medical reference apps and resources like Skyscape and Omnio to physicians, has acquired one of the oldest, online consumer health brands, MedHelp, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition marks one of the first forays into consumer health for Physicians Interactive, which apart from some consumer-facing health...
June 24, 2014
Digital health upstart Darma has developed a cushion that aims to help people remember to maintain good posture when sitting down for long periods of time.
The cushion contains one millimeter-thick fiber optic sensors that sense the user's movements. The pillow also has embedded sensors that detect heart rate, stress level, and respiration. All of this information is sent to a companion app on...
June 16, 2014
Activity tracker shipments reached 2.35 million and outsold smartwatches four to one in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from ABI Research.
Fitbit is still the market leader, but coming in second to Fitbit is Garmin, followed by Nike and then Jawbone. ABI predicts that in the second quarter, Fitbit might face more competition from Samsung's Gear Fit.
“Activity trackers are...
June 6, 2014
Pasadena, California-based Stir, maker of the Stir Kinetic Desk, has announced integration with Fitbit's devices that have display screens -- the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. Stir retails for $3,890.
The desk moves up and down as it learns from the user's behavior. Users can command the desk to move by tapping on a touchscreen sensor in the corner of the desk. Throughout the day, Stir...
May 27, 2014
This year has proven to be an eventful one for fitness wearables-maker Jawbone, which for the past few weeks has been the subject of acquisition rumors, according to a number of sources. Of course, all that noise could just be from the company's investors who may still be in the final stages of closing a hoped-for $250 million round of funding at a $3.3 billion valuation.
Last year Jawbone, which...