fitness wearable

By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2018
Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version adds SpO2 tracking among other health tracking improvements. The device will be available starting in October. “With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable, and premium...
By Dave Muoio June 21, 2018
LifeBeam, a wearable health sensor and fitness device maker, has raised $20 million from Joy Ventures, Square Peg Capital, New Era Ventures, Cerca Partners, Triventures, Wellborn Ventures, and FGI Capital Partners to expand its business, VentureBeat reports. The company is best known for Vi, a set of connected headphones that include an AI fitness coach. Along with acting as a fitness tracker via...
By Heather Mack May 11, 2017
Fitbit’s activity-tracking wearables may be a common features of many corporate wellness programs – their products are currently in use by over 1,300 companies – but all those step challenges and healthy lifestyle motivators aimed at lowering healthcare costs still only make up about 10 percent of the company’s revenue. So, in order to best position their enterprise strategy, Fitbit is merging...
By Brian Dolan June 1, 2016
This week Samsung announced that one of the device concepts it showed off at CES this year, a smart belt called Welt is spinning out of the electronics giant to make it a go of it as a startup. The device promises to help the wearer better track their food intake, keep tabs on their activity level, and manage their weight. It also looks just like a regular, black leather belt. Welt comes from...
By Aditi Pai November 2, 2015
Fitbit Surge Jawbone has filed an answer and counterclaim against Fitbit in response to the patent infringement lawsuit that Fitbit filed in early September, according to TechCrunch. The suit Fitbit filed in September alleged that Jawbone infringed on three patents, two of which were issued in May 2015 and a third that was issued in December 2014. The two from May 2015 were “Notifications On A...
By Aditi Pai June 13, 2015
Of wearable fitness device makers, Fitbit spent the most on advertising its devices last year, investing $21.6 million, according to a recent report from Kantar Media. Garmin and Samsung were both not far behind Fitbit in advertising spend. Garmin spent $18.7 million and Samsung spent $11.6 million. After the top three spenders there's a significant drop in amount spent: Nike spent $3.2 million,...
By Brian Dolan April 21, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor. Last year Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Foxconn quietly acquired a stake in continuous vital signs monitoring company Sotera Wireless for an undisclosed sum. (As MobiHealthNews reported at the time, an SEC filing last April showed that Sotera had raised $20 million from undisclosed backers.) The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Foxconn...
By Jonah Comstock March 24, 2015
Juniper Research predicts that connected healthcare and fitness device services will produce $1.8 billion in annual revenues by 2019, according to a new report, a sixfold increase from 2015, which has predicted revenues of $320 million. The services market is due to explode because in order to succeed, connected fitness devices will have to shift their focus from just hardware, to software and...
By Jonah Comstock January 23, 2015
When Apple announced its Apple Watch wearable last September, there was scarce mention of the device's battery life, leading to the natural conclusion that battery was posing a problem for the Apple Watch team. At MobiHealthNews, we speculated that a shorter battery life was holding the team back from introducing sleep tracking, increasingly considered a must-have feature on fitness wearables....
By Aditi Pai September 2, 2014
Japanese electronics company Epson will launch its health sensing smartwatch, called Pulsense Watch, and fitness band, called Pulsense Band in September. Consumers can preorder the device on Epson's website until then. The company first announced the devices at CES in January. The Pulsense Watch costs $199, while the Pulsense Band costs $129. "The Pulsense product line will be Epson’s first smart...