June 24, 2014
Digital health upstart Darma has developed a cushion that aims to help people remember to maintain good posture when sitting down for long periods of time.
The cushion contains one millimeter-thick fiber optic sensors that sense the user's movements. The pillow also has embedded sensors that detect heart rate, stress level, and respiration. All of this information is sent to a companion app on...
June 16, 2014
Activity tracker shipments reached 2.35 million and outsold smartwatches four to one in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report from ABI Research.
Fitbit is still the market leader, but coming in second to Fitbit is Garmin, followed by Nike and then Jawbone. ABI predicts that in the second quarter, Fitbit might face more competition from Samsung's Gear Fit.
“Activity trackers are...
June 6, 2014
Pasadena, California-based Stir, maker of the Stir Kinetic Desk, has announced integration with Fitbit's devices that have display screens -- the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip. Stir retails for $3,890.
The desk moves up and down as it learns from the user's behavior. Users can command the desk to move by tapping on a touchscreen sensor in the corner of the desk. Throughout the day, Stir...
May 27, 2014
This year has proven to be an eventful one for fitness wearables-maker Jawbone, which for the past few weeks has been the subject of acquisition rumors, according to a number of sources. Of course, all that noise could just be from the company's investors who may still be in the final stages of closing a hoped-for $250 million round of funding at a $3.3 billion valuation.
Last year Jawbone, which...
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...