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 18, 2014
Israel-based HelpAround, which makes an app that connects people with diabetes in the same immediate area, has raised $550,000 from Windham Venture Partners and angel investors Walter Winshall, Robert Oringer and former Harmonix COO Michael Dornbrook. Windham and the angel investors co-led the round.
MobiHealthNews wrote about HelpAround earlier this year at HIMSS, where the company positioned...
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...
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...
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...
September 12, 2013
At Apple's launch event Tuesday for its two new iPhones, the company announced the addition of a new hardware component for the device: a motion co-processor, called the M7.
"What does that do?" Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller asked at the event. "Well, it takes advantage of all these great sensors and it continuously measures the data coming from them without even...
July 11, 2013
This week we pushed live our latest edition of The MobiHealthNews Podcast. Over the past few weeks MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock and I discussed the world of wearable activity tracking with an impressive group of entrepreneurs working in that space. We covered issues ranging from wearability, fashion, and battery life to pricepoints and next steps. What would an Apple iWatch do to the...