Fitbit

By Aditi Pai October 29, 2013
Ontario, Canada-based Airo Health has announced a wearable sensor poised for launch in fall of 2014. Instead of steps, Airo tracks activity using heart rate, and instead of manual entry, Airo tracks nutrition passively. Airo's nutrition tracker uses wavelengths of light to look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites, which are released during and after the user's meal. These metabolites will...
By Jonah Comstock October 21, 2013
An ambitious health website, launching Friday, aims to combine a number of different health features -- including telemedicine, personal health records, and health social networks -- into one comprehensive online platform. Prevently, founded by Harvard University undergraduate students Laurence Girard and Kristen Faulkner, is one of three companies coming through a Long Island-based technology...
By Jonah Comstock October 16, 2013
After nearly a year of waiting, UK-based Fitbug, the self-styled economy option in the fitness tracker space, launched the $49.99 Fitbug Orb, which it originally announced at CES in January. The orb's form factor resembles that of the Misfit Shine, a small sphere with an optional wristband, lanyard, or clip allowing it to be worn in a number of different ways. The device tracks steps, aerobic...
By Aditi Pai October 11, 2013
There are so many weight loss apps on the market that even Weight Watchers is feeling the pressure, and yet a recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found these apps do not employ long-established strategies to bring about behavior change. Only two apps had 13 out of 20 of the behavioral strategies commonly included in evidence-based behavioral weight-loss...
By Aditi Pai October 10, 2013
Fitbit officially announced its new device, Fitbit Force, which was leaked last week. It will be available from "select retailers" in three to four weeks at $129.95. As part of a future update, for iPhones 4S and higher that are running on iOS 7, users can choose to receive incoming call notifications on their Fitbit Force device if the phone is nearby, a feature common on smartwatches. The new...
By Aditi Pai October 4, 2013
Fitbit is getting ready to release yet another fitness device, the Fitbit Force, according to a report from The Verge. This new device builds on the Fitbit Flex and will be the more expensive option when launched. The rumored device has a built in altimeter to measure altitude, which would improve its stair climber metric. The device also has watch functionality. This was the second big...
By Jonah Comstock September 18, 2013
Video game maker Nintendo seems to be putting its energies into fitness in an effort to save its floundering Wii U console, including launching an activity meter that could compete with the likes of the Misfit Shine or the Fitbit One. The company announced that Wii Fit U, the new version of the company's successful fitness game Wii Fit, will finally launch November 1. It was originally slated to...
By Jonah Comstock September 12, 2013
Jawbone has raised $93 million in debt, with an additional $20 million in equity rumored, according to a report from Fortune. CEO Hossain Rahman told Fortune that the company resorted to a debt raise in light of a much-higher-than-anticipated demand for its products, mentioning the Up activity tracker specifically. "We've been experiencing crazy sell-through demand, particularly since the...
By Jonah Comstock September 11, 2013
Virgin HealthMiles has added Fitbit integration to its online employee health offering. The Framingham-based Richard Branson company recently announced that it would offer its program to family members of subscribed employees for free. Now those employees and family members who use Fitbit activity trackers and weight scales will be able to connect those devices to their Virgin HealthMiles...
By Jonah Comstock September 5, 2013
Virgin HealthMiles' current GoZone pedometer. Virgin HealthMiles, a gamified employee wellness program, announced that, starting in October, it will let employees invite up to three family members to use the program for free. Between adding family members and drawing in new members because of the perk, Virgin HealthMiles expects its user base to see a big boost in the next year. "On the scale...