June 30, 2020
Garmin announced today that it has purchased Firstbeat Technologies' Firstbeat Analytics, its business unit responsible for physiological-measurement algorithms for use with consumer health and wellness devices. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Headquartered in Jyvaskyla, Finland, Firstbeat Analytics has been providing software that interprets various data collected from sensors. It has...
April 29, 2020
Fitness and sleep-tracking smart-ring-maker Motiv has been acquired by Proxy, a company specializing in digital-identity security. The companies announced the purchase in accompanying blog posts, and did not share the terms of the deal.
Proxy CEO Denis Mars wrote that his company has hired "a majority" of Motiv's employees, and will be shifting the focus of Motiv's consumer platform away from...
March 31, 2020
Fitbit has announced the latest member of its fitness tracker lineup, the Fitbit Charge 4, alongside new fitness-minded features and new content for Fitbit Premium.
The new device's standout feature is onboard GPS to enable features like an exercise heat map, which helps users review where in a running or biking route they were working the hardest.
It returns with the Sp02 sensor of its...
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...