October 10, 2013
Fitbit officially announced its new device, Fitbit Force, which was leaked last week. It will be available from "select retailers" in three to four weeks at $129.95.
As part of a future update, for iPhones 4S and higher that are running on iOS 7, users can choose to receive incoming call notifications on their Fitbit Force device if the phone is nearby, a feature common on smartwatches.
October 4, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Consumer wearable devices -- including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches -- will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a new report from Berg Insight. That's up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent.
Berg predicts smartwatches will eclipse fitness...
August 22, 2013
Among Android phone makers, Samsung has consistently been ahead of the pack in including health apps and functionality on its phones -- or at least in paying them lip service. The South Korean company announced its S Health app last year and then upped the ante in March, when it launched its Galaxy S4 phone with the promise of an optional suite of connected health devices that would interact with...
April 24, 2013
Monitoring heart rate and calorie burn is helpful for any kind of athlete, but for one sport in particular, traditional wearable trackers won't cut it: swimming. A Beirut, Lebanon-based startup called Instabeat is looking to fill that gap. Instabeat has been in development for two years, appearing at events like TED and CES in the meantime. The company has received seed funding and built a...
March 15, 2013
Samsung launched its much-hyped Galaxy S4 Android phone last night at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, announcing a bevy of features and peripherals including an impressive suite of connected health and fitness trackers. The company is billing the device as a "life companion," and is advertising the health tracking features as part of that experience.
"The Galaxy S4's numerous sensors...