June 4, 2018
Unlike other years, health wasn't a major focus at this year's WWDC Apple developer conference keynote — the talk didn't feature a single reference to HealthKit, CareKit, or ResearchKit, in fact.
Still, there was some health-related content. Apple delivered on some new fitness tracking features on the Apple Watch, and unveiled a suite of tools aimed at improving users' mental health by helping...
May 25, 2017
Peloton, the New York City-based technology company that has seen impressive success combining exercise bikes with tablets to create virtual cycling classes, has raised an additional $325 million in late stage funding. The investment brings the company's total funding to nearly $445 million and brings its valuation to $1.25 billion, which makes the virtual fitness company officially a "unicorn"....
November 30, 2016
Oulu, Finland-based Ouraring has raised $5.3 million (5 million euro) to support the development of its first product, a smart ring called Oura that uses heart rate, motion, and temperature sensors to track sleep. Investors weren't disclosed but the company said that 75 percent of the investment came from the United States.
“We are passionate about helping Oura users learn how their body responds...
August 5, 2016
The Olympics aren't just for athletes. It's also an opportunity for sports tech companies – including makers of vitals-monitoring wearables, fitness and training apps, and other digital tools – to show off their technology on an international stage. In Rio, athletes are looking for every edge to compete, and that includes the latest gadgets.
Samsung offered gifts to every athelete and included a...
May 11, 2016
Pebble has launched a number of updates to its health app, called Pebble Health, which first launched in December 2015.
The company’s newly revamped Pebble Health app was developed in collaboration with researchers at Stanford University. The app tracks users’ activity and automatically detects their sleep phases. It sends data to Pebble’s user interface, called Timeline.
The new Pebble Health...
April 20, 2016
Some 82 percent of recreational athletes use fitness tracking technology, which includes smartphone apps, fitness tracking devices, GPS watches, and heart rate monitors, according to a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) survey of 2,000 recreational athletes in the UK. The poll was fielded by Censuswide in March.
The survey also found that 62 percent of respondents said they use two or more devices....
August 7, 2015
Boston-based fitness tracking company Lemonade Lab has raised $5.8 million in a round led by FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn Technology Group. This brings the company's total funding to at least $10.3 million.
The investment from Foxconn is strategic -- Foxconn will handle manufacturing for Lemonade Lab's forthcoming health-tracking device.
Lemonade Lab has created a fitness tracking system...
March 23, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch
Fitbit has added two new features, bike tracking and multi-tracker support, to its most advanced wristworn activity tracker, the Fitbit Surge. In unrelated news, last week, President Obama was seen wearing a Fitbit Surge. That's not entirely unexpected since he mentioned a month prior that he was planning to try out the Apple Watch to track his workouts and that he hadn...
March 3, 2015
While we have tracked the slow spread of misinformation about the Apple Watch's health tracking capabilities, at least one recent survey indicates one segment of the general public knows what the device can do.
According to the small survey, 82 percent of people know that the Apple Watch has health and fitness tracking features. The survey included responses from 561 consumers with company-...
February 10, 2015
Over the past few months China-based WeChat, an instant messaging app that has around 500 million active users, has added fitness tracking integration into its app, according to a post from TechInAsia. WeChat is a subsidiary of Tencent.
The WeChat app is available in the US, Hong Kong, India, China, Thailand, and Indonesia, although the new feature is currently only available in Chinese.