May 29, 2013
Misfit also released a picture of a black version of the Shine with a leather band.
Misfit Wearables announced that it is once more pushing back the shipping date of its crowd-funded Shine tracker, and that the device will no longer support Android at launch. Supporters of Misfit's $846,000 Indiegogo campaign this past January will now have to wait until mid-July for their trackers.
May 24, 2013
The Misfit Shine raised $846,000 on Indiegogo in January.
Like the Misfit Shine before it, Scanadu proved this week that in digital health, the combination of a hip, hyped product and a crowdfunding platform can lead to impressive results. The company raised their goal of $100,000 in just two hours, and they're now up to more than three times that.
Of course, not all digital and mobile health...
May 6, 2013
San Francisco-based Fitbit has commercially launched its first wristworn activity and sleep tracking device, Fitbit Flex, which it first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Fitbit Flex is now on sale for $99.95 at Fitbit.com and at other major retailers, including: Apple Stores, Best Buy, Target, Verizon, and AT&T stores.
While the Flex is the company's first wristorn...
May 2, 2013
According to a recent survey conducted by Parks Associates in March, about 5 percent of households with broadband internet have at least one digital fitness device -- like a Fitbit, Jawbone UP, or BodyMedia FIT Armband. The survey, called Digitally Fit: Healthy Living and Connected Devices, polled about 10,000 broadband-enabled households.
The survey found that memory improvement mobile apps or...
April 16, 2013
A startup company is touting its system for remotely monitoring elderly people with chronic illnesses as having three advantages over existing products: elegant design, a focus on social connection rather than "fear of death," as the CEO puts it, and price.
Lively, a San Francisco-based startup, is launching its eponymous system Tuesday, combining a series of wireless sensors, a data-collection...
March 26, 2013
Viewers of CNN's "The Next List," which Sunday featured Dr. Leslie Saxon and her Center for Body Computing at the University of Southern California, got both a lesson in what is possible in medicine today and a preview of what's coming in the near future.
The half-hour program highlighted some of the work Saxon, chief of cardiovascular medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine, is doing at the...
February 26, 2013
Last Friday mobile health startup Misfit Wearables received some free publicity from television gameshow Jeopardy! when its soon-to-launch Shine device was featured as part of one of the last clues in the semi-finals edition.
The clue was: "The Misfit Shine is a high tech one of these that tracks how much you not only walk but bike or swim.” The correct question was “What is a pedometer?” which...
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 14, 2012
Ever since AgaMatrix Co-founder and Chairman Sonny Vu left the iBGStar-maker last July, industry watchers have kept a close eye on his new startup, Misfit Wearables. After bringing on former Apple CEO John Sculley as an investor and co-founder, raising a $7.6 million initial round of funding with participation by high-profile investors like Vinod Khosla, and building a team of about two dozen...