December 10, 2015
Some 74 percent of adults said they plan to purchase health and fitness device within the next year. And of this group, 35 percent said they plan to buy a smartwatch, according to a survey of 1,001 online US adults conducted by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), formerly the Consumer Electronics Association. The survey was fielded between August 20 and September 2.
November 19, 2015
Palo Alto-based Azumio, which offers a suite of health and wellness apps, has added a nitric oxide testing feature to its comprehensive health and fitness app, Argus. Azumio has partnered with Berkeley Test, a company that makes salivary nitric oxide test strips, for this offering.
Nitric oxide, according to Azumio, is a helpful metric to measure for maintaining a healthy blood pressure,...
November 5, 2015
Some 58 percent of smartphone users have downloaded a health-related app, according to a NYU Langone Medical Center study of 1,604 US smartphone owners conducted in June 2015. Survey management company Toluna conducted the survey online.
A slightly smaller percentage of smartphone users, 41 percent, downloaded more than five apps. Almost half of respondents, 41 percent, said they would not pay...
November 3, 2015
Sports Authority, a sporting good retailer, has launched its first fitness app, called BodyFit, which offers users access to more than 100 personal training videos.
The BodyFit app also provides users with instruction on using Sports Authority's line of BodyFit exercise equipment. The training equipment and app are split into three categories: activate, train, and recover.
“Our new BodyFit App is...
September 9, 2015
SportSetter, which offers an app that helps people find workout classes in their city, has raised $1 million in a round of funding led by Reaktor Fund. This brings the company's total funding to at least $1.3 million.
SportSetter's app currently only includes classes at gyms located in New York City and Helsinki. The app then helps users find a variety in their day-to-day workout routines by...
August 31, 2015
Boston-based Runkeeper has laid off 30 percent of its workforce, as the company re-dedicates itself to creating digital fitness projects specifically for runners, a reorientation that also includes a major redesign.
News of the lay-offs came last week from BetaBoston, a Boston Globe blog, which reported that the cuts come from across the company. Runkeeper CEO Jason Jacobs told BetaBoston that...
April 22, 2015
Under Armour continues to grow its membership base for what it's calling its Connected Fitness business -- the three apps the company acquired in the past two years as well as its existing UA Record app -- even as the company explores its new acquisitions and plots a course forward, according to the company's first quarter earnings call. Under Armour bought MapMyFitness for $150 million in...
April 9, 2015
Fitbit announced today that it has changed the way it calculates and displays active minutes for users.
The company explained that its activity trackers will only count active minutes if a user participates in an activity for over 10 minutes, which is what the American Heart Association recommends. This will not affect the user's step count numbers.
"This 10-minute rule means that...
March 25, 2015
The global revenues for smartphone-connected fitness tracking devices and equipment will grow from $2 billion in 2014 to $5.4 billion by 2019, according to a report from research firm Parks Associates.
"Our latest data finds adoption of connected health devices increased from 24 percent of US broadband households at the beginning of 2013 to nearly 30 percent by the end of 2014," Harry Wang,...
March 19, 2015
Game production company Atari has launched a fitness app, called Atari Fit for Android and iOS devices. Atari partnered with 8BitFit, a company that develops smartphone-based fitness games, and Gametheory, a production studio, to develop the app. Atari also partnered with Walgreens to offer Balance Rewards points to users who are tracking their steps through the app.
The company said the launch...