December 5, 2011
Jawbone's UP wristband
As obesity increasingly becomes a worldwide epidemic, especially within children and adolescent populations, solutions to the problem are poised to become a major focus within mHealth. A handful of approaches were discussed during a panel, "Obesity, Diet, and Physical Activity," at the 2011 mHealth Summit held in Washington, D.C. this week, including a noteworthy study by...
November 9, 2011
Bam Labs aims to make health monitoring easier for people while they sleep. Notably, the company's sensor is not wearable, but it tracks heart rate, breathing, and movement during sleep, and the company says it can even diagnose sleep apnea -- all from a mattress pad located beneath the user.
MedGadget notes that the Bam Labs device was designed by former Apple employees. It is intended for use...
November 4, 2011
Bluetooth headset maker Jawbone released Jawbone UP this week, a continuously-worn wristband sensor that tracks daily activity and sleep patterns. The device retails for $99.99 and is available starting November 6 at retailers including Target, Apple Stores, and Best Buy.
The UP band's sensors track steps walked, pace, calories burned, and active versus inactive time. Its sleep sensor tracks...
October 5, 2011
Fitbit launched its second generation fitness tracking device, called Fitbit Ultra, which features new metrics and wireless features. The company also announced the launch of its first iPhone app. These are the first new product launches since the company debuted its flagship offering back in 2009.
Like the original Fitbit device, the Ultra is a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking...
August 31, 2011
Silicon Valley-based startup Striiv announced plans for its dedicated portable fitness device -- of the same name -- which encourages users to exercise with virtual worlds and real-world fund raising.
The Striiv device is a standalone pedometer (no mobile phone required) that can hang on a keychain or attach to a belt. Its sensors are able to differentiate between walking, running, climbing...
July 14, 2011
This week Jawbone officially announced plans to launch a connected fitness device -- UP -- which the company has been working on for the past two years. As we reported earlier, the company's as-yet unreleased UP device will have plenty of competition from other dedicated or peripheral connected fitness devices.
By our count there are 10 other devices like UP either in the market today or coming...