October 9, 2014
When it comes to companion apps for connected devices, Fitbit's is the most downloaded in the health and fitness category and the second most downloaded overall. That's according to a newly released report focused on connected devices from mobile analytics company App Annie.
App Annie's analysis wasn't just focused on health or fitness-related devices, the reports includes companion apps for ...
September 16, 2014
Burlingame, California-based Misfit, formerly Misft Wearables, today launched Misfit Flash, its second wearable device that tracks various activities and sleep. The sub-$50 Flash's pricepoint isn't the only difference between it and Misfit's original device, Shine. Flash is made out of "soft-touch" plastic instead of the Shine's stainless steel body. Flash comes in a variety of colors including "...
September 8, 2014
Helsinki, Finland-based Beddit announced that with their most recent round of funding, the company has reached $8 million in funding to date. The round was led by Inventure. Beddit will use the investment to help fund its US and European product distribution in time for the holiday shopping season.
Beddit's sensor uses ballistocardiography to detect individual heartbeats from cardiac contraction...
August 6, 2014
Wearable activity tracker company Misfit Wearables has hired former Apple senior engineering manager Josh Banko, according to a report from VentureBeat. Banko is now Misfit's vice president of hardware.
Apple credits Banko as one of the co-inventors of the iPad, but in early January 2013 he was terminated. In December 2013, he sued Apple for wrongfully terminating his employment, according to...
July 10, 2014
Misfit Wearables, the company behind the Misfit Shine activity tracker, has upped its sleep tracking game, entering into a partnership with Beddit, the Helsinki, Finland-based mattress sensor startup. Customers will be able to purchase a co-branded Beddit device from Misfit's website, and the tracker will be integrated into the Misfit Shine app.
"It enables us to provide our users who are really...
June 24, 2014
Misfit, formerly Misfit Wearables, the maker of the jewelry-like Shine activity tracker, has partnered with smartwatch-maker Pebble to integrate its algorithms into that company's device. According to a Misfit spokesperson, the deal marks the deepest integration to date for Misfit, which also plans to make an open API available to partners in the future.
The Misfit Pebble app, which runs on the...
June 4, 2014
Kickstarter has made a big change to its submission rules, opening the gates for a lot more projects in previously prohibited categories like cosmetics, pet supplies, and automotive products. Yet in the area of health, Kickstarter remains resolute, with a new, even more specific prohibition then it had before. Kickstarter now prohibits any project that is "heavily regulated" and "any item...
May 19, 2014
Worldwide revenues from sports, fitness, and activity tracking devices will grow by 46 percent between 2013 and 2019, according to a recent report from analyst group IHS Technology. The firm attributes growth to the increasing number of health-conscious consumers willing to buy heart rate monitors and other wearable devices.
IHS pegs global OEM revenue at $1.9 billion in 2013, which will rise to...
April 23, 2014
Redwood City, California-based Misfit Wearables, which offers the activity tracking device Shine, announced today the availability of a new stainless steel pendant necklace, called Bloom, that Shine owners can use to wear their devices in a new way. Recently Misfit announced that it was selling socks and t-shirts for Shine users that included a tiny pocket where the Shine device could snugly fit...
March 6, 2014
Sensor startup Misfit Wearables is expanding its product line to include clothing, just as we predicted last summer when the company filed for a trademark along those lines. But rather than clothing with built-in sensors, like OMSignal or Heapsylon, Misfit's new socks and t-shirts are branded garments with a specially sized pocket to hold the Misfit Shine, a quarter-sized activity tracker that is...