July 22, 2019
The at-home exercise tech space has a new member as Pivot, service offering consumers recorded and live workouts that are tracked via sensor, has stepped out of stealth mode to unveil its launch later this year. The announcement coincides with that of a $17 million Series A funding round led by DCM, with additional participation from Bling Capital, Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Signal Fire and...
May 15, 2019
Hydrow, maker of a connected rowing exercise product for consumers, has added an additional $7 million to a $20 million Series A round led by L Catterton announced back in February. The add-on funding came from Rx3 Ventures, Wheelhouse, The Raptor Group and The Yard Ventures.
In addition, the digital fitness company said in its announcement that has begun shipping its product to 1,000 Indiegogo...
September 6, 2018
Mirror, a New York City-based fitness platform company, today announced the launch of its in-home virtual workout product for consumers. The device streams workout videos and music on demand through its large LCD panel, which also serves as a full-length mirror when not in use.
In addition to the launch, Mirror also announced the closure of $25 million in funding from Spark Capital. This news...
September 27, 2017
Garmin’s upcoming effort to woo younger customers will have the support of some big brands, as the company announced today that its vivofit jr. 2 wearable activity tracker will prominently feature Minnie Mouse, Captain America, and other Disney licensed characters.
“Disney is committed to creating healthier generations, and we’ve worked with Garmin to make healthy living fun with a wearable...
August 28, 2017
Wearables brand Fitbit is introducing a new slate of tools and technologies focused on health and wellness, including a new smartwatch, a smart scale, fitness-centric headphones and a premium guidance and coaching offering.
The Fitbit Ionic represents the company’s first foray into smartwatches, and features a new relative SpO2 sensor, making it possible to track certain health insights like...
July 27, 2017
Cardiogram, a startup working on algorithms to make the Apple Watch’s heart rate data clinically actionable, is launching two new features for the Apple Watch that aim to help people stay more active this summer: Leaderboards and Workout Zones.
Leaderboards is geared toward those who want to inject some friendly competition into their active lifestyles. Friends can compete with one another and...
July 18, 2017
K4Connect, a technology company focused on seniors and those with disabilities, has partnered up with Garmin International on wearable devices geared toward residents of senior living communities, as well as staff and operators.
The devices will be part of K4Community, K4Connect’s “connected-life” platform. The idea is to give senior living residents a means of tracking their wellness and...
July 17, 2017
It's been a rough year for wrist-worn wearable activity trackers. As we noted in a column last December, what was once a vibrant and competitive field is now a graveyard of failed devices like the Pebble, the Basis Band, the Nike FuelBand, and many more. Just this month news broke about Jawbone's liquidation after a long, slow decline.
You can place the blame for these failures in a number of...
July 5, 2017
Pact, the startup that incentivized users to healthy behaviors by getting them to essentially bet money on their own adherence, has shut down, according to an email the company sent out to its users on Friday. The company will pay out its final rewards to users on July 11th and will continue supporting users until the end of August.
“Thanks for choosing Pact - we hope it has helped you live a...
July 14, 2016
At the Wearable Technologies conference in San Francisco this week, companies presented several devices they said were primed for widespread distribution across healthcare and fitness industries, but were also in search of additional investors as well as partnerships with payers and providers to make it happen.
Here’s a round-up of some of the devices that took the stage: