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.
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...
August 3, 2016
Intel subsidiary Basis is recalling its Peak fitness tracking watch. The company halted production of the device at the end of June due to an overheating issue that affected just 0.2 percent of the watches on the market, but had hoped to fix the issue with a software update. Now, developers are throwing in the towel, issuing a voluntary recall, and offering full refunds.
"We had hoped to update...
July 18, 2016
The days of counting your own hops, skips and jumps are over with Smart Rope, an LED-embedded jump rope that tracks rope rotations with a mid-air digital display. While jump ropes have long been known as among the most lightweight and portable of all workout equipment, this offering from Seoul-based Tangram Factory turns it into a digital health tracker with the Smart Gym app. The $90 rope comes...
May 5, 2016
On yesterday’s Q1 earnings call, Fitbit CEO James Park spoke quite a bit about his product’s potential for a wider role in healthcare. He highlighted the device’s popularity among researchers, the recent Dana Farber study, and even the anecdote of the device being used to make a treatment decision about a patient’s atrial fibrillation. But he didn’t stop there.
“We are learning that lack of...
May 3, 2016
The Apple Watch commercially launched just over a year ago, and in that time there's one question that's been asked a number of times: Is it a Fitbit competitor? Will multipurpose smartwatches ultimately kill single-purpose fitness trackers? And recently a different line of questions has emerged, about whether consumers need a general purpose smartwatch at all.
Fitbit CEO James Park told the New...
April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon.
“At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
January 14, 2016
The wearable space is evolving to the point where the difference between smartwatches and fitness trackers will be one of branding and aesthetics, rather than functionality, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
"The Gear Fit and several other more recent models of fitness wearable like the Fitbit Charge HR and Surge, as well as the Razer Nabu, offer notification services for calls and...
July 29, 2015
Garmin has been in the wearable business since at least 2003, but the company has only been in the highly competitive consumer fitness tracker market -- with its VivoSmart and VivoFit lines -- for a little under a year. And in that time, the company has only managed to capture between 10 and 15 percent of the market, according to their own estimates. Their fitness segment posted a sluggish 5...
February 18, 2015
Fitbit has won the trademark infringement lawsuit case that UK-based Fitbug brought against it in March 2013, according to court documents posted last month. As it happens with cases like these, there were a number of claims and counterclaims, but the crucial blow to Fitbug's suit was that the company waited four and a half years -- too long -- to bring it to the court's attention.
"In this case...