Fitbit

By Brian Dolan January 15, 2014
In 2013, Fitbits, Jawbone UPs, and Nike FuelBands accounted for 97 percent of all smartphone-enabled activity trackers sold at brick-and-mortar stores or through big ecommerce sites, according to NPD Group, which tracks the digital fitness device market at the point of sale. For the 52-week period beginning in early January 2013 and ending in early January 2014, Fitbit's devices accounted for 68...
By Brian Dolan January 8, 2014
CES Flashback: After coming back from CES and the first Digital Health Summit co-located there four years ago, I wrote: "Perhaps in a few years we might be able to declare CES an event dominated by consumer health news — and those on the sidelines may find this to be a sudden event. The road to mass consumerization of wireless health devices, however, is much more complicated than those for other...
By Aditi Pai January 7, 2014
Apple has announced that in 2013, the company earned over $10 billion from the App Store, and Apple's developers have earned $15 billion from the App Store. In the release, Apple attributed their success to the "stunning apps that took advantage of the redesigned user interface" and named some "surprise hits" from the year, including one fitness app -- Protogeo's Moves app, which became a paid...
By Aditi Pai January 6, 2014
Fitness incentivizing app GymPact has rebranded, changing its name to Pact and raised $1.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures and PayPal alum Max Levchin. This brings their total funding to $2.5 million. Until now, Pact has offered users money only for exercising more, just so long as these users pay $5 if they don't make their goals. The money that users must pay for missing their goals...
By Aditi Pai January 2, 2014
San Francisco, California-based Fitbit has released an update to its app which use Apple's M7 motion coprocessor, according to TechCrunch, so that even those without a Fitbit activity tracker can use the app to get data about their fitness trends. The new feature is called Motion Track and will track only basic activity, but will rival other app-only trackers such as Moves and Noom. Fitbit also...
By Jonah Comstock December 18, 2013
Maxwell Health, a web- and mobile-based "employee benefits operating system" has raised $6 million, bringing its total first round funding to $8 million. The round was led by existing investor Vaizra Investments, with contributions from new investor Catalyst Ventures and other previous investors Tribeca Venture Partners, Serious Change, Lerer Ventures, and BoxGroup, as well as undisclosed angels...
By Brian Dolan December 17, 2013
Chicago-based higi, a digital health company that powers health kiosks in thousands of retail locations in the US, acquired New York and Seattle-based challenges and rewards platform Earndit last month. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Higi is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Michael Ferro, who is also the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times. The company officially...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2013
The Mayo Clinic's recent iPad trial for cardiac surgery patients, which MobiHealthNews first wrote about in February, has received a good deal of attention for using Fitbit activity monitors in a clinical setting. But Dr. David J. Cook, who led the study, says the real innovation of the study is unprecedented levels of patient engagement -- in patients he repeatedly described as "70-year-olds on...
By Jonah Comstock December 5, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff has announced the first batch of ecosystem partners for its new health outcomes marketplace. Jiff has officially announced and integrated with Fitbit, Jawbone, Fitbug, Withings, BodyMedia, Fatsecret, and CaloryGuard, and is in conversations with more than 60 additional digital health app and device companies, according to CEO Derek Newell. "Our goal is to have at least...
By Jonah Comstock November 14, 2013
Nearly half of adults in the UK who self-track with mobile devices say they've experienced "strong behavior change", according to a survey by the Trajectory Group, sponsored by Fitbit. The data comes from the Fitbit Healthy Futures Report, a study on the role mobile devices play in health and wellness in the United Kingdom commissioned by Fitbit UK. Trajectory surveyed 1,005 people between the...