January 23, 2013
After a year of development and "app experiments," 100Plus, a startup backed by, among others, PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel's Founder Fund and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, is debuting in public beta. The app combines little actions with big data to motivate users to lead generally healthier, more active lifestyles.
"There's quite a lot of literature that just being more active in your daily...
November 15, 2012
This week saw launch announcements for three activity trackers: Jawbone's UP, Fitbit One, and pre-orders for Misfit Wearables' Shine. But even the best tracking data doesn't always lead to the behavior change necessary for sustained weight loss. That's where Retrofit comes in.
Retrofit, a year-old start-up formerly known as Strong Suit Wellness, announced an $8 million round of funding this week...
November 13, 2012
Jawbone, a company known for fashion-minded Bluetooth headsets and iPod speakers, has announced the launch of UP, a durable, water-resistant bracelet that feeds a companion app with sleep and activity data. Sound familiar? It should. This is actually the second launch for UP, which made headlines when it was announced in July 2011, and sold hundreds of thousands of units on Black Friday of last...
July 30, 2012
The past year has included the launch, recall, and still-imminent-launch of a handful of activity tracking devices: Nike's FuelBand, Jawbone's UP, and the Basis Band, respectively. (Update: Jawbone doesn't consider its "no questions asked" voluntary full refund offer to Jawbone UP users a "recall" since the device did not pose safety issues, a spokesperson tells MobiHealthNews.)
June 21, 2012
I fly a lot, and I've long been a bit perturbed when people around me – usually young adults who are attached to their smartphones – don't fully turn off their electronic devices, per federal law, when the crew instructs them to just before departure. Why should they be able to sneak in a last few texts or make another call while we're taxiing to the runway when the majority of us are playing by...
March 28, 2012
A recent article in the Baltimore Sun about a series of mobile health studies underway at Johns Hopkins University referenced a person familiar to many a MobiHealthNews reader: Susannah Fox, the healthcare research guru at the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
According to Fox, about 10 percent of U.S. adults who have cell phones – and nearly every adult in the country has one these days...
March 12, 2012
For the first time ever, Nike has made available an API that lets developers build apps that work with its fitness offerings. While the API is only available in a limited beta for developers participating in a hackathon at the SXSWi event in Austin, Texas, this week, the move is likely to lead to wider availability in the near future.
According to a report over at TechCrunch, Nike made the API...
January 30, 2012
This week's talk of the planned Facebook initial public offering got me thinking about a story from late last year: Which mobile health company is likely to IPO first? Some investors have already placed their bets.
At the end of November last year, investment bank and securities firm Goldman Sachs held a quiet, stealthy event that included presentations from about two dozen startups that the...
January 19, 2012
Mobile and wireless health are trying hard to win over a public that at best is skeptical, but more likely has no idea what this stuff actually is.
As I argued in my previous column, most people don't get the whole concept of connected health, but explaining it in simple terms could change that. I also said that there hasn't been enough distinction made between healthcare and consumer health/...
December 9, 2011
In response to criticism, Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone announced this week that it has temporarily ceased production of its Jawbone UP continuously-worn wristband sensor and created a full refund program for current owners. Purchasers of the $99.99 UP device can receive a $109.43 cash refund or $150 in Jawbone store credit through a dedicated website, while still being able to keep their...