January 29, 2016
Health tracking apps and devices offer consumers the ability to track an increasing number of relevant metrics. Over the years a number of the companies behind them, especially the ones with larger user bases, have released their own insights based on interesting correlations in the data sets they've collected.
For example, just last week, Runkeeper Director of Marketing tweeted a link to a post...
June 3, 2015
Meal Snap app
Google has unveiled a new project, called Im2Calories, which will use deep learning algorithms to estimate how many calories are in food, based on a photo of the meal, according to a report from Popular Science.
The algorithm will estimate calories in a meal, which could be, for example, eggs, pancakes, and bacon, based on the size of the individual items compared to the size of...
May 27, 2014
This year has proven to be an eventful one for fitness wearables-maker Jawbone, which for the past few weeks has been the subject of acquisition rumors, according to a number of sources. Of course, all that noise could just be from the company's investors who may still be in the final stages of closing a hoped-for $250 million round of funding at a $3.3 billion valuation.
Last year Jawbone, which...
April 21, 2014
Less than 3 percent of early users of The Eatery, the first app from app maker Massive Health, which was acquired by Jawbone in February 2013, used it often enough to be considered active users, and of those, only about 10 percent showed an improvement in the healthiness rating of their meals, according to a new study in JMIR.
This is an especially interesting finding, as the company's unique...
November 4, 2013
By Rick Lee, Founder and former CEO, Healthrageous
I was so impressed with former CEO Dave Dickinson’s postmortem on Zeo, which MobiHealthNews published in May, that I wanted to offer a similar reflection on Healthrageous.
1) BHAG: Our big, hairy, audacious goal (apologies to Tom Peters) was possibly as ambitious as boiling the ocean. David Kirchoff eloquently delineated the necessary components...
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...
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...
June 26, 2013
This year marks the ninth Games For Health conference, an event which has long paid particular attention to mobile health gaming. But Ben Sawyer, the event's organizer and arguably the biggest name in health gaming, says the mobile health gaming industry is "still in pre-season."
"The software's evolving, but no one seems to be running away with anything," Sawyer said in the opening address of...
April 30, 2013
The BodyMedia Core 2 Armband, with "jewelry-like" customization.
In the biggest digital health acquisition of the year so far, San Francisco-based Jawbone is acquiring Pittsburgh-based BodyMedia, the company announced this morning. Financial details of the deal have not been disclosed. This is the first major consolidation in the contentious wearable activity tracker space, and the second mobile...
March 27, 2013
Jawbone UP's new Android app.
Jawbone UP made its latest move last week in the increasingly crowded wearable activity tracker field: The company introduced an Android companion app for its wristworn tracker and also launched the UP in Europe, with Asia, Australia, and the Middle East to come.
The multinational launch includes additional support for 11 languages to the iOS app, and the bracelet...