Fitbit

By Aditi Pai April 24, 2014
Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo. The company's high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user's daily activity using the phone's built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery. To keep track of where the user goes, Moves...
By Aditi Pai March 26, 2014
Android smartphone maker HTC announced this week that Fitbit's app will be preloaded on all HTC One smartphones. Until this year, the Fitbit connected app was mainly useful to those that had a Fitbit activity tracker, but in January, the company announced that it added passive tracking to its iOS app, which uses Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor. Fitbit's app's passive tracking feature is called "...
By Jonah Comstock March 3, 2014
AvMed, a Florida insurer, is offering an activity-tracker based fitness and wellness program for members for Medicare Advantage members. The program, called Walkadoo, is offered through Healthways subsidiary MeYou Health, and will serve as an expansion to Healthways and AvMeds' existing fitness program for older adults, Silver Sneakers. However, Walkadoo will also add the Fitlinxx Pebble activity...
By Jonah Comstock February 21, 2014
Fitbit has announced a voluntary recall of the Fitbit Force after a number of users complained of somewhat mysterious bouts of skin irritation, usually occurring a number of weeks after they began wearing the tracker. "Recently, some Force users have reported skin irritation," Fitbit CEO James Park said in an open letter to customers. "While only 1.7 percent of Force users have reported any type...
By Aditi Pai February 12, 2014
Approximately 1.6 million smartwatches were shipped in the second half of 2013, and over 17 million total wristworn trackers are expected to ship in 2014, according to market research firm Canalys. Fitbit shipped the most wearable bands (58 percent market share), which Canalys suggested could be because Fitbit launched its Flex and Force bands in May and October 2013 respectively. Jawbone had...
By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2014
A British company, Camntech, has received FDA clearance for a motion-tracking wristband and a wristworn electronic diary, likely for use in clinical trials. The devices are called the MotionWatch 8 and PRO-Diary. According to the filing, the devices "are intended for the acquisition and analysis of the physical activity of the body during daily living and sleep." The devices upload data to a PC...
By Brian Dolan February 10, 2014
For the past several weeks, mostly thanks to dogged reporting from the team over at 9to5Mac, we have learned that Apple has been on a hiring spree of digital health engineers and scientists, assumedly for its rumored wristworn device, commonly referred to as the iWatch. That publication also first reported the rumor that Apple was developing an app called Healthbook, which would help iPhone and...
By Brian Dolan January 30, 2014
Shaq now championing digital health: In a syndicated column that ran in CNBC, The Daily Beast and elsewhere this morning, retired professional basketball star  Shaquille O'Neal announced that he had "been engaged with the technology company Qualcomm" for the past few months learning about the importance of wireless health. In the editorial Shaq says he uses a Fitbit (Qualcomm is an investor in...
By Neil Versel January 20, 2014
Welltok, the Denver-based creator of an online and mobile "social health management" platform, has introduced a partnership program to link technology with disease management and wellness programs. The idea is to make it easier for population health managers from payers, health systems and accountable care organizations to provide services and actionable steps for program members. "We're able to...
By Jonah Comstock January 17, 2014
This is the very first MobiHealthNews In-depth -- our weekly series of longer form journalism focused on industry trends, pressing issues, and important events. This week we rounded up some digital health-related takeaways from the massive International CES 2014 event that recently took place in Las Vegas. The event's original name, the Consumer Electronics Show, points to its core focus, but the...