Jawbone UP

By Jonah Comstock 07:43 am November 13, 2013
Jawbone's UP bracelet does pretty well in the activity tracker space, at least according to CEO Hossain Rahman who told Fortune the company was experiencing "crazy sell-through demand" when the company borrowed $93 million in September. But one glaring omission in Jawbone's product offering, cited in FixYa's consumer feedback report in August, is the omission of wireless syncing. While the Fitbit...
By Aditi Pai 04:00 am November 7, 2013
Jawbone VP of Software Jeremiah Robinson said the next step for the company's wearable activity tracker, Jawbone UP, is using data from users to help the device better fit into their lives. "We're still in the phase of correlations and it's hard to run a massive human AB trial in free living data, but we are seeing some really cool things," Robinson said at the Wired Data Life event in New York...
By Aditi Pai 11:12 am October 29, 2013
Ontario, Canada-based Airo Health has announced a wearable sensor poised for launch in fall of 2014. Instead of steps, Airo tracks activity using heart rate, and instead of manual entry, Airo tracks nutrition passively. Airo's nutrition tracker uses wavelengths of light to look into the bloodstream to detect metabolites, which are released during and after the user's meal. These metabolites will...
By Jonah Comstock 01:43 pm October 21, 2013
An ambitious health website, launching Friday, aims to combine a number of different health features -- including telemedicine, personal health records, and health social networks -- into one comprehensive online platform. Prevently, founded by Harvard University undergraduate students Laurence Girard and Kristen Faulkner, is one of three companies coming through a Long Island-based technology...
By Jonah Comstock 12:47 pm September 12, 2013
Jawbone has raised $93 million in debt, with an additional $20 million in equity rumored, according to a report from Fortune. CEO Hossain Rahman told Fortune that the company resorted to a debt raise in light of a much-higher-than-anticipated demand for its products, mentioning the Up activity tracker specifically. "We've been experiencing crazy sell-through demand, particularly since the...
By Jonah Comstock 02:16 pm August 29, 2013
Earlier this year, Jawbone bought another company, Palo Alto-based nutrition app maker Nutrivise for an unknown sum, without making any official announcement. MobiHealthNews learned of the acquisition from StartX Health, an accelerator in which Nutrivise participated. Nutrivise was founded in 2011. In 2012 the company created an app, called Here&Now, which it described as "a nutritionist in...
By Jonah Comstock 04:45 am August 29, 2013
Over the past two years, there have been a few efforts to make activity trackers more like jewelry. The Misfit Shine's market strategy turns on the simple elegance of the device, and Misfit CEO Sonny Vu has said many times that invisibility and fashion are the two options for making a wearable device catch on. BodyMedia -- whose armband device is the most-data-intensive, but also the most...
By Jonah Comstock 08:13 am August 16, 2013
A new report from "consumer troubleshooting" site FixYa shows that proprietary chargers, data inaccuracies, and missing features are some of the top complaints consumers have about their wearable activity trackers. Using data from consumer issues and complaints posted on FixYa, the company put together a list of five of the most high-profile devices -- Fitbit Flex, Nike+ Fuelband, Jawbone UP,...
By Aditi Pai 12:26 pm August 5, 2013
BioBeats, a new company from Basis Science Founder Nadeem Kassam, raised $650,000 in a round of funding. Contributors to this round included Will Smith, producer Scooter Braun, entertainment lawyer Ken Hertz, CEO of AAM Mark Beaven, actor Damon Wayans, Cantora Records, musician Justin Boreta, ENIAC Ventures, Zhen Fund, and angel investor Gotham Chopra. As the adoption of health sensors into daily...
By Jonah Comstock 11:04 am July 29, 2013
Jawbone, the San Francisco company known for its Bluetooth speakers and headsets and, more recently, for the UP wristworn activity tracker, has hired Monica Rogati, a data scientist most recently working at LinkedIn, to the newly-created position of VP of data. "I'm going to lead the data team @Jawbone; excited to be at the intersection of wearable computing, quantified self & personalized...