fitness app

By Heather Mack 03:35 pm May 30, 2017
Backed by $3.7 million in funding led by Greylock Partners, San Francisco-based fitness app company Gixo has officially launched its subscription-based live workout app to Android and iOS. Cowboy Ventures and xSeed Capital also contributed funding to the round. It’s hardly the only fitness app out there, but Gixo is trying to set itself apart by being one of the most approachable and easy to fit...
By Heather Mack 03:48 pm February 22, 2017
Digital diabetes management company Omada Health has brought on federal policy veteran Lucia Savage as their new Chief Privacy and Regulatory Officer. Savage, who previously worked as Chief Privacy Officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for IT, will lead Omada’s legal and compliance team. In her new role, Savage will lead Omada’s regulatory strategy and ensure the privacy and security...
By Heather Mack 01:54 pm September 19, 2016
Anyone who wears a sports bra knows the invaluable support it provides. So, in addition to the physical benefits, why not make it be supportive in other ways? That was thinking behind the OMbra, a smart sports bra from Montreal-based OMsignal, which makes smart clothing and companion apps. Now officially available online on the company’s website and in select retail stores across the US and...
By Heather Mack 08:18 pm August 2, 2016
San Francisco-based Fitbit, maker of a series of popular wearable activity trackers, reported second quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded expectations, sent stock prices up and left the heads of the company optimistic for the “rest of the year and beyond," especially since the company will also be introducing new products by the end of the year and hired Adam Pellegrini, formerly of...
By Heather Mack 03:55 pm July 11, 2016
It’s a fast-growing fitness app that wasn’t intended to be one. Crippling servers, blowing up social media and getting kids and Millennials moving, Pokémon Go has been an instant hit since it launched last week. Pokémon Go, which uses augmented reality to allow users to capture monsters in real life, has an estimated 7.5 million downloads in its one-week life -- putting it on track to outpace...
By Aditi Pai 01:39 pm April 20, 2016
Some 82 percent of recreational athletes use fitness tracking technology, which includes smartphone apps, fitness tracking devices, GPS watches, and heart rate monitors, according to a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) survey of 2,000 recreational athletes in the UK. The poll was fielded by Censuswide in March. The survey also found that 62 percent of respondents said they use two or more devices....
By Aditi Pai 01:01 pm April 4, 2016
Some 42 percent of insured consumers who use mobile-enabled health applications or devices said their biggest motivator to use digital health tools is knowing their numbers, according to a survey of 500 insured consumers fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) and sponsored by online health and wellness program vendor HealthMine. About 52 percent of respondents said they are enrolled in a...
By Aditi Pai 12:10 pm March 30, 2016
New York City-based smart jewelry company Ringly, has announced a new line of devices, bracelets, that in addition to notifying the user of calls, texts, and emails, also track activity -- specifically, step count. The company’s first line of jewelry, smart rings, connect to the wearer's smartphone and alert them about different app notifications by vibrating, but the rings didn’t offer any...
By Aditi Pai 04:31 pm February 22, 2016
Some 43 percent of iOS health apps and 27 percent of Android health apps are useful, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, which included an analysis of 945 iOS and Android health apps. “Apps really can play an essential role in chronic disease health management for populations that really need them the most,” University of Michigan Medical School Assistant Professor Karandeep Singh,...
By Aditi Pai 10:56 am January 12, 2016
Apple has released a preview for the new version of iOS, 9.3, which will feature updates across a number of Apple’s own apps, including Health. Part of the update to Health will be a new slider menu that allows users to find third party apps to help them track certain metrics in Health. These slider menus will be available for a number of categories including weight, workouts, and sleep. When...