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...
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,...
June 3, 2015
The wearable device market grew in Q1 for the eighth consecutive year, according to a report from research firm IDC. Approximately 11.4 million wearables were shipped in the first quarter this year, which is a 200 percent increase from the 3.8 million wearables shipped in the first quarter last year.
"Bucking the post-holiday decline normally associated with the first quarter is a strong sign for...
March 6, 2015
Nike has announced that users of its Nike+ Running app will now be able to pull data from fitness devices made by Garmin, TomTom, Wahoo Fitness, and Netpulse.
Users that own a Garmin, TomTom, Wahoo Fitness, or Netpulse device can download the Nike+ Running app and pair their device.
Nike updated other features in the Nike+ Running app, which is available on iOS and Android devices. For iOS users...
February 18, 2015
It seems like everybody's talking about fitness device accuracy these days. A small study at the University of Pennsylvania found that out of clip-on pedometers, wristworn wearables, and apps, the wristworn devices were the least accurate. Another study, from the American Council on Exercise, found a range of accuracy levels for step counting on wearable devices, but found them lacking when it...
January 20, 2015
CES 2015 ended earlier this month, and like last year, a significant portion of the show floor was dominated by digital health products. Companies showed off a number of activity trackers, sleep devices, an oral health tracker, connected weight scales, and a few adhesive temperature devices. And also like last year, most of the products MobiHealthNews covered were demos, prototypes, and concepts...
January 7, 2015
By The MobiHealthNews Team
Digital health and fitness devices were, yet again, a dominant topic at CES 2015. Companies showed off a number of activity trackers, sleep devices, an oral health tracker, connected weight scales, and a few adhesive temperature devices. This year, while quite a few companies unveiled new digital health offerings, others demo'd products that built on existing devices....
January 5, 2015
Garmin has unveiled a new offering for employers, called the Garmin Connect wellness portal, to help them manage their corporate wellness programs.
The portal is powered by the same technology behind Garmin Connect, a direct-to-consumer portal that allows users to sync Garmin activity tracker data, view training plans, and interact with the Garmin Connect community. The employee wellness portal...
August 25, 2014
Fresh off its $2.4 million crowdfunding campaigning for sleep tracking, bedside orb, Sense, San Francisco-based startup Hello has announced $10.5 million in backing from a group of angel investors. The Wall Street Journal reports the investors include former PayPal head David Marcus, Facebook executive Dan Rose, former Facebook designer Aaron Sittig, Spotify advisor Shakil Khan, and Hugo Barra, a...
July 2, 2014
Ecommerce website, SwimOutlet.com, has launched a public beta for its swim tracking platform.
The website helps swimmers track, share and compare the workouts they monitor with waterproof activity trackers. The platform, called Swim.com, received 5,000 beta requests within its first 10 days, according to the company.
“Swimming can be a lonely sport even in a busy pool, but we’ve built a platform...