May 22, 2014
In the first quarter of 2014, Fitbit held the majority of the market share, according to a report from Canalys. Fifty percent of the 2.7 million wearable shipments belonged to Fitbit. The report added that the recall of Fitbit Force devices because of skin rashes apparently did not slow Fitbit's sale momentum and only affected the US and Canada.
Canalys separated shipment metrics into two...
April 30, 2014
London-based digital health tool maker Big Health raised $3.3 million from Index Ventures and Forward Partners to expand into the United States. The company plans to open an office on the west coast.
The company's first tool, Sleepio, aims to help users fix their sleeping issues. Users are asked to take a sleeping test and then upload sleeping data from a fitness device, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, or...
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...
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 "...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...