December 4, 2013
Misfit Wearables raised $15.2 million in a round led by Hong Kong-based Li Ka-shing's Horizons Ventures, according to TechCrunch. Former investors Founders Fund, Khosla Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, Paypal co-founder Max Levchin and incTANK also participated in the round. This brings Misfit's total funding to $23.8 million, including their Indiegogo campaign...
December 2, 2013
Sensor startup Misfit Wearables announced that it has added Android support for its Misfit Shine activity tracker, just six months after dropping Android support from its original launch. According to the company, Shine will now work with any phone that both runs Android 4.3 or higher and has Bluetooth Smart connectivity, including Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3, the Google Nexus 4 and 5, and the...
November 14, 2013
Consumer wearable devices are a growing market. According to a recent report from Berg Insights, the category that includes fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smartwatches will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, up from 8.3 million in 2012.
As the biggest consumer shopping season of the year begins, the fitness tracker arms race is heating up, and the longtime...
September 18, 2013
Video game maker Nintendo seems to be putting its energies into fitness in an effort to save its floundering Wii U console, including launching an activity meter that could compete with the likes of the Misfit Shine or the Fitbit One.
The company announced that Wii Fit U, the new version of the company's successful fitness game Wii Fit, will finally launch November 1. It was originally slated to...
August 29, 2013
Over the past two years, there have been a few efforts to make activity trackers more like jewelry.
The Misfit Shine's market strategy turns on the simple elegance of the device, and Misfit CEO Sonny Vu has said many times that invisibility and fashion are the two options for making a wearable device catch on.
BodyMedia -- whose armband device is the most-data-intensive, but also the most...
June 20, 2013
Someday soon having to remember to put on your digital health tracking device in the morning might no longer be an issue. If the latest crop of health-minded wearables companies succeed, health sensors will make their way into things we are already wearing -- like undershirts, underwear, and socks.
Digital health wearables are slowly but surely making their way into clothing.
One longtime digital...
June 19, 2013
Scanadu CEO Walter De Brouwer (right) and Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy (center)
Scanadu, the startup building a suite of smartphone-connected medical diagnostic tools for home use, is extending the Indiegogo campaign for its premier SCOUT device an additional month after hitting the $1 million mark. The extension, coupled with the fact that the company is only $300,000 away from the top funded...
June 12, 2013
Last June an LA-based startup called Axio finished building prototypes of an EEG headband with built-in audio neurofeedback, Bluetooth connectivity, an analytic engine and companion smartphone app that aimed to help people find ways to better concentrate.
"We want to revolutionize how people interact with their brains," Axio co-founder Arye Barnehama told MobiHealthNews in an email at the time....
June 11, 2013
Basis Science, makers of the Basis Band, finally launched their first mobile app, and, notably, it's an Android app. The app currently works on five phones, all from Samsung, but the company promises more to come.
The $199 Basis Band launched last November with Bluetooth connectivity built into all devices, but no mobile app at all. That was something of a surprising move for an activity tracker...
June 5, 2013
As wearable all-day activity trackers compete to be smaller, more convenient, and more comfortable, there's one problem many of the newer entrants are running into: battery life. If users are supposed to be wearing a tracker all the time, when do they plug it in? And the point when a user takes off a wearable device to plug it into the wall is the point when they're most likely to lose interest...