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...
April 28, 2014
Last Thursday's big news was that Facebook had acquired fitness tracking company ProtoGeo, maker of the popular passive tracking app, Moves, for an undisclosed sum. Both companies said that the paid app Moves would remain a separate offering -- for the forseeable future, at least -- and that the ProtoGeo team would also help work on Facebook's other products and develop new ones.
April 28, 2014
Fitness app maker RunKeeper launched a new feature for the iOS version of its flagship running app, last week. The free feature, Goal Coach, aims to help users stay motivated, but also help them pick goals that are both "realistic and specific". In May, the company also plans to raise its rates for its premium upgrade.
Users who want to add Goal Coach insights to their workout are prompted to...
April 22, 2014
Instructional video fitness app maker Fitnet raised $1.4 million from Valleys’ Ventures and CIT Gap Funds for its fitness app, Fitnet. Before this funding round, Fitnet was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and with some startup capital from the founder, the company's total funding to date is just under $2 million.
Fitnet's iOS apps offers users guided workouts that...
April 17, 2014
Almost one-third of US smartphone owners, which is about 46 million unique people, used apps from the fitness and health category in January 2014, according to a report from Nielsen's Mobile NetView 3.0 software, which is on-device software installed onto iOS and Android smartphones with permission from survey participants. Approximately 5,000 panelists aged 18 and over participated in this...
April 14, 2014
Sportsetter, maker of an app that helps people stick to a workout routine, raised $276,540 (200,000 euros) and launched an iOS version of its app this week, according to a report from TechCrunch. The company has been around since at least 2012.
The app helps users find variety in their day-to-day workout routines so that on any given day they could play golf, work out on a machine at the gym,...
April 10, 2014
Only 15 percent of consumers use a nutrition-tracking website or mobile app to stay healthy, according to a Nielsen survey of 471 respondents called the Health and Wellness survey conducted in February 2014.
The post from Nielsen combines insights from not only the Health and Wellness Survey, but also the Connected Life Report, which MobiHealthNews covered at the end of March. This report...
April 4, 2014
Exercise and nutrition smartphone apps for children do not use the top recommended behaviors and strategies that were developed to prevent pediatric obesity, according to a report published in Childhood Obesity.
Some of the expert-recommended behaviors that the report looked for included eating ﬁve fruits and vegetables per day, exercising for one hour every day, watching TV for no more than two...
April 1, 2014
Organizer of the Boston Marathon, the Boston Athletic Association has created an app for the upcoming marathon, which happens in April. The Boston Athletic Association released iOS and Android apps that offer runners a way to participate in the marathon even if they aren't in Boston running in the event.
The free app, called Boston Marathon World Run, was created created thanks to sponsorship...
November 11, 2013
DanceDanceRevolution Pocket Edition
Popular exercise videogame DanceDanceRevolution may find new life in an unlikely place: the smartphone. Developer Konami has released DanceDanceRevolution: Pocket Edition, which allows iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch users to play the dancing game without the need for large hardware like external dance pads.
DanceDanceRevolution, or DDR, began as a Japanese...