fitness tracker

By Dave Muoio 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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-...
By Jeff Lagasse 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...
By Jeff Lagasse 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Heather Mack September 14, 2016
At TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, startups and established tech companies alike gathered to showcase new ideas and products as well as announce the launch of new gadgets. While healthcare had a smaller presence at the conference than some of the other industries, a handful of digital health innovators were on deck to share their ideas to impact medical care, fitness and wellbeing.  Here is...
By Heather Mack August 18, 2016
McDonald’s was trying to get a few steps ahead of the criticism that Happy Meals run completely counter to health and fitness by offering fitness trackers in their kid-focused food. Instead, they got a rash of complaints that led the fast food giant to immediately stop the campaign and issue an apology. Turns out the brightly-colored Step It! Activity Band – a wristband that could track just how...