July 17, 2012
Four years after the launch of the AppStore, growth in the number of available consumer health apps for iPhone users is still accelerating. It's growing more quickly now than ever. There were more consumer health apps in April 2012 than we expected there to be: In July 2011 we predicted that the number of consumer health apps would top 13,000 in July of this year, but that happened at least three...
July 2, 2012
The Nike+ fitness tracking system, likely the largest connected fitness network in the world, is going built-in and social. And, according to the sneaker giant, it's "Game On, World."
For the first time, Nike is embedding its fitness-tracking sensor into the insoles of its athletic shoes, starting with the Hyperdunk+ basketball shoe, the Lunar Hyperworkout+ trainer for women and LunarTR1+ trainer...
June 27, 2012
Endomondo, developers of a GPS-enabled sports tracker app, has had more than 10 million downloads for its fitness application. As of last September the company had about 5 million downloads for its app, which is available on a multitude of mobile platforms, including iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile and Java phones. All in all the app works on more than 250...
June 7, 2012
Mobile fitness technology company MapMyFitness announced that it has raised $9 million in its second round of funding, which was led by return backers Austin Ventures and Milestone Venture Partners. The round also included contributions from a handful of new MapMyFitness strategic partners, namely the Competitor Group and The Running Specialty Group.
While MapMyFitness did not disclose any...
May 15, 2012
About 12 years ago engineers at IBM began to sketch out an idea for a weight loss application that rewarded employees for eating healthy food, according to a recent report in the New York Times. The article follows the story of the patent IBM secured late last year for this long-awaited healthy eating rewards application.
One important detail that the Times seems to have missed is that within a...
May 3, 2012
In recent weeks Pebble, developers of a "smartwatch" that connects to iPhone and Android devices via Bluetooth, has become the most successful project or startup to leverage the crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise money: So far, it's raised more than $8 million. The Kickstarter platform has only raised a few hundred million overall, which made Pebble's success headline news. This week the...
March 21, 2012
Given the recent influx of connected fitness devices that often offer their own companion smartphone apps, it may come as no surprise that at least one existing fitness app developer has decided to launch its own branded suite of devices to feed data into its app: Austria-based Runtastic. This week the company announced the availability of a GPS-enabled pulse watch and a heart rate chest strap....
January 5, 2012
Happy new year, and welcome to 2012! As the year begins, I have some burning questions about mobile and wireless healthcare that I hope to see answered in the next 12 months.
Will consumers understand mobile technology in healthcare? When I checked into a San Diego hotel for the Healthcare Unbound conference last summer, the clerk asked me if I was in town for some big software show going on at...
January 3, 2012
This week MobiHealthNews launched its latest paid research report, mObesity: How Mobile Tools Could Help Prevent Obesity Through Weight Management Apps and Connected Fitness Devices. The report focuses on the news, challenges, and missteps made by some of the highest profile companies offering connected fitness services today. In its 65 pages, mObesity includes a roundup of a couple dozen...
November 21, 2011
RunKeeper announced a $10 million round of investments led by Spark Capital, which has also invested in Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, with participation from another new investor, AOL co-founder Steve Case's Revolution Ventures. Return backer OATV, the venture arm of O'Reilly Media, also participated in the new round. The Boston-based startup, which now has 14 employees, plans to use the funding...