February 20, 2019
Today’s Samsung Unpack 2019 event was headlined by a number of new reveals, including its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S10 and the flexible Galaxy Fold; its new in-ear, Bluetooth Galaxy Buds; and the company’s first 5G smartphone, the S10 5G.
However, the latter half of the show also hosted news of the electronics maker’s new fitness-focused wearables: the Galaxy Watch Active, a sportier take...
December 12, 2018
This morning, Garmin and medical-grade monitor maker ActiGraph announced a new partnership that will focus on wearables for medical research and patient care.
Specifically, the pair will be applying ActiGraph’s CentrePoint data analytics platform to Garmin’s consumer-grade wearables. CentrePoint is a web-based, cloud-enabled service offering automated activity monitor assignments, data...
December 4, 2018
Oulu, Finland-based Oura Health, maker of a sleep- and activity-tracking smart ring, today announced that it has surpassed $20 million in total funding. Based on its previous announcements, this would mean that the company has raised roughly $6.5 million or more in new funding since its most recent round in July.
While the latest round was led by MSD Capital, it also featured YouTube cofounder...
March 20, 2018
Smartwatch popularity continues to be on the rise, but traditional fitness trackers aren't going anywhere either, according to new market research from International Data Corporation (IDC). The entire worldwide wearables market is on track for 15.1 percent growth this year, for a total of 132.9 million units shipped. Of that, smartwatches represent about one-third of the shipment volume, but two-...
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...
August 15, 2017
Rumors have been kicking around regarding technology giant Samsung’s new Gear Fit2 Pro, but those rumors have taken on concrete form with a leak from Venture Beat revealing a design that builds on its predecessor, the Gear Fit2.
The wearable fitness tracker -- which could be unveiled as soon as next month -- takes much of its physical design from the Gear Fit2, including what will likely be a...
March 28, 2017
Despite all the convenience features of modern smartwatches, for users it’s still all about fitness, according to recently released data from Parks Associates.
The research firm says that tracking steps is the most popular smartwatch use case, with 60 percent of the United States’ 13.3 million smartwatch users reporting that they track their steps with their device.
According to Senior Director...
December 5, 2016
It's been a rough couple of weeks for wearables. Yesterday, Lenovo announced it was abandoning its Moto Androidwear line indefinitely, with head of global product development Shakil Barkat saying "wearables do not have broad enough appeal for us to continue to build on it year after year,” according to The Verge. Last week it came out that Pebble, which arguably invented the smartwatch space, is...
December 1, 2016
According to a scoop from The Information last night, fitness tracker market leader Fitbit will buy beleaguered smartwatch pioneer Pebble. TechCrunch and Engadget are both citing anonymous sources, saying that the deal is for between $34 million and $40 million -- barely enough, TechCrunch says, for Pebble to cover its debts.
The news isn't entirely unexpected -- it was clear that Pebble was...
October 4, 2016
Dig another grave in the fitness tracker cemetery, next to the Bodymedia Core, the Nike FuelBand, and the Basis Band, because it looks like the Microsoft Band is dead. ZDnet, which broke the news last month that Microsoft had disbanded the Band team and had no plans for a Band 3, reported yesterday that the company has removed the device from its online store, taken down the Band SDK, and has no...