Fitbit

By Jonah Comstock November 15, 2012
This week saw launch announcements for three activity trackers: Jawbone's UP, Fitbit One, and pre-orders for Misfit Wearables' Shine. But even the best tracking data doesn't always lead to the behavior change necessary for sustained weight loss. That's where Retrofit comes in. Retrofit, a year-old start-up formerly known as Strong Suit Wellness, announced an $8 million round of funding this week...
By Neil Versel October 8, 2012
Fitbit Zip and Fitbit One, wearable devices already commercially available Misfit Wearables, a startup producer of wearable sensor products for fitness and medical applications, hasn't said much about what its sensors will look like, but will start online pre-orders next month, its CEO said Friday. Misfit likely will take preorders on the Kickstarter funding platform, CEO Sonny Vu announced at...
By Brian Dolan August 9, 2012
IMS Research seems to pile on to growing number of research reports that point to wearable devices as an important trend in digital health: According to IMS by 2016 the "minimum revenue opportunity" for wearable devices will be $6 billion. IMS Research notes that the current market for wearable devices is concentrated around a small group of products in the healthcare, medical, fitness, and...
By Brian Dolan April 25, 2012
Last week, just a few days before connected fitness device maker Fitbit announced the commercial launch of its WiFi-enabled Aria scale, BodyMedia and Withings partnered up to integrate weight data from Withings' WiFi scale into BodyMedia user's online dashboards and apps. BodyMedia offers its own suite of connected fitness devices, but has not developed its own connected weight scale. Similarly,...
By Brian Dolan April 16, 2012
Allscripts' recently launched Wand EHR iPad app In late 2010 MobiHealthNews reported on one of the first announced integrations of data from a patient-facing mobile health application and an electronic medical record in use at a healthcare facility: WellDoc integrated its DiabetesManager program with Allscripts' EHR because that happened to be the system in use at WellDoc's partner site, George...
By Brian Dolan March 12, 2012
For the first time ever, Nike has made available an API that lets developers build apps that work with its fitness offerings. While the API is only available in a limited beta for developers participating in a hackathon at the SXSWi event in Austin, Texas, this week, the move is likely to lead to wider availability in the near future. According to a report over at TechCrunch, Nike made the API...
By Brian Dolan March 5, 2012
Fitlinxx Actiped clip-on activity monitors Boston-based Partners HealthCare and its Center for Connected Health recently announced plans to expand its connected fitness program, Partners Step It Up, to six Boston public schools this years. The healthcare system made the announcement at a visit to one of the schools with US HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The expansion builds on a pilot launch...
By Brian Dolan January 24, 2012
Fitbit, which offers the Fitbit Ultra activity monior and the Aria WiFi Smart Scale, announced its third round of funding: $12 million from existing investors. Foundry Group, True Ventures, SoftTech VC and Felicis Ventures all participated in the round. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, Fitbit unveiled the Aria WiFi scale, its first product offering outside of...
By Chris Gullo January 10, 2012
iHealth Lab made an unexpected move this week at CES: It unveiled the iHealth Smart Glucometer, which attaches to the iPhone the same way Sanofi's iBGStar device does. iHealth Lab announced more than just the glucose meter: It also unveiled a Bluetooth-enabled version of its Blood Pressure Dock and a new design for its Wireless Body Fat Scale. The company expects to begin shipping each of the...
By Chris Gullo January 10, 2012
Fitbit unveiled its first product outside of wearable activity monitors this week at CES: the Aria WiFi Smart Scale, a connected weight scale similar to Withings' WiFi scale offering. The Aria scale measures weight, body fat percentage, as well as BMI and uploads the data via the user's home WiFi network to Fitbit's online portal. The device is expected to launch in late April and will retail for...