November 17, 2014
Self-tracking data from wearable devices has gradually become important to your doctors, your employer, and your health insurer. Now it seems your lawyer wants in, too.
Vivametrica, a Canadian company that uses a device-agnostic platform to collect and analyze activity data for healthcare providers and employers, launched a new service for personal injury lawyers. Quantified data from the...
November 17, 2014
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached out to Apple to confirm that the health data collected by Apple's smartwatch, called Apple Watch, will not be sold to third parties, according to a report from Reuters.
Reuters explains that in the past few months, Apple representatives have met with FTC officials on multiple occasions to discuss the privacy issues surrounding the Apple Watch.
November 13, 2014
Thirteen percent of consumers plan to purchase a health or fitness wearable device within the next year, according to a survey of 2,000 consumers from Acquity Group, a subsidiary of Accenture.
Acquity Group questioned consumers about all internet of things (IoT) technologies, which the company defines as everyday devices that connect to the internet through embedded sensors and computing power...
November 12, 2014
There's been a lot of talk lately about integrating activity data collected by devices like the Fitbit or the Misfit Shine into the clinical workflow, but there haven't been too many concrete examples yet. Now diabetes management technology company Glooko, which made its name with a universal cord and app for connecting glucometers to smartphones, is changing that. The company introduced a...
November 10, 2014
The burgeoning conflict between Fitbit and Apple heated up this week, with Apple pulling Fitbit products from its online store, as PhoneArena and SlashGear first spotted. This follows on rumors that the tech giant was pulling Fitbit from the shelves of physical Apple Stores, a move widely believed to be linked to Fitbit's reticence to integrate its app with Apple HealthKit. Other trackers from...
October 28, 2014
Bellevue, Washington-based employee engagement platform Limeade raised $25 million in a round led by Oak HC/FT Partners. This brings the company's total funding to $34 million.
Limeade will use the funds to expand its platform and launch new products in the employee wellness space. In the past two years, Limeade's staff size has grown 300 percent to keep up with its revenue growth, the company ...
October 27, 2014
Just a week after news leaked about activity tracker maker Fitbit's next generation of devices, the company has announced its three new trackers -- Charge, Charge HR, and Surge.
The trackers will monitor everything the Fitbit Force tracked: steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, and sleep. One new feature which wasn't revealed in the leaks is that the devices will now offer automatic...
October 15, 2014
According to a report in Re/Code, Apple will stop selling Fitbit products in Apple stores in the near future. Apple didn't make an official statement as to the reasons for the decision.
The timing of the report comes on the heels of Fitbit's surprising decision not to integrate with Apple's HealthKit. The company said it found the technology interesting but it didn't yet see the value in...
October 15, 2014
Details and images of two upcoming Fitbit activity tracker devices, called Charge and Charge HR, have leaked, according to a report from Gizmodo.
Fitbit first mentioned their new generation of devices in February when they voluntarily recalled the Fitbit Force after just less than 2 percent of Force owners complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually...
October 9, 2014
Ever since Apple announced its HealthKit developer toolkit, which aggregates data from a number of different self-tracking apps and devices, it's been a foregone conclusion that Fitbit would be connected. Apple showed a screencap of Fitbit at its developer conference announcing the product. In a recent interview, a Jawbone spokesperson used Fitbit as an example of a device that could potentially...