April 15, 2015
Just two days after Jawbone announced that it will finally ship its heart rate tracking wearable, UP3, even though the tracker will not be waterproof as initially advertised, an anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that American Express is working with Jawbone to add payment features to a future wearable.
According to the report, American Express cardholders who buy this future Jawbone...
April 13, 2015
Jawbone has announced that they will start shipping their newest activity tracking device, the UP3, to all US customers who preordered the device when it was announced, on April 20th. It also announced that it couldn't get the waterproofing right, so the device won't be for use by swimmers as originally intended.
Jawbone first announced the UP3, a more advanced activity tracking device, along...
March 12, 2015
Apple has stopped selling a number of fitness tracking devices in its stores recently, including Withings Pulse O2 Activity Tracker, and, as Re/Code reported this morning, Jawbone Up24, Nike FuelBand SE, and Mio's wristworn heart rate tracker. Apple pulled the devices just about a month before it plans to launch its own activity tracker, the Apple Watch.
Apple also no longer carries Misfit's...
March 5, 2015
Weight loss company NutriSystem stressed that its weight loss app was a key part of its strategy moving forward, according to the company's Q4 earnings call. The company's core offering is an end-to-end weight loss system: The company sends users ingredients and food preparation instructions via snail mail.
But the NuMi app, soft launched in March 2014 and officially launched in December, can...
March 2, 2015
The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona has begun this week, and already, two companies, HTC and Huawei, have unveiled new fitness tracker devices.
HTC's new device, called the HTC Grip is the company's first activity tracking wristworn wearable. The tracker is powered by Under Armour's newly launched app, UA Record, which integrates data from other health apps and devices.
February 26, 2015
Google is considering strategic investment in Jawbone, although discussions are in preliminary stages, according to a report from Re/Code.
Update: According to a report from Fortune, BlackRock is considering investing as much as $300 million in Jawbone. Fortune added that its sources said Google is not actively considering an investment.
Re/Code adds Google and Jawbone have not agreed on the size...
February 18, 2015
It seems like everybody's talking about fitness device accuracy these days. A small study at the University of Pennsylvania found that out of clip-on pedometers, wristworn wearables, and apps, the wristworn devices were the least accurate. Another study, from the American Council on Exercise, found a range of accuracy levels for step counting on wearable devices, but found them lacking when it...
January 28, 2015
Jawbone, maker of the Jawbone UP activity tracker, has launched an online marketplace for some of the apps and devices that connect to the company's UP tracker. None of the devices require an UP for use, however.
At launch the marketplace is selling six devices and five apps.
"Members of the UP community are currently able to connect their UP accounts to dozens of devices and partner apps that...
January 5, 2015
Garmin has unveiled a new offering for employers, called the Garmin Connect wellness portal, to help them manage their corporate wellness programs.
The portal is powered by the same technology behind Garmin Connect, a direct-to-consumer portal that allows users to sync Garmin activity tracker data, view training plans, and interact with the Garmin Connect community. The employee wellness portal...
December 11, 2014
Jawbone has launched an employee wellness program, called Up for Groups, which is designed for any group with 10 or more participants. Until now, Jawbone has been a direct to consumer company with various devices including wristworn trackers UP24 and UP3 as well as clip-on tracker UP Move.
Up for Groups, Jawbone Wellness and Platform Group Manager Andrew Rosenthal explains in a blog post, is ...