February 12, 2014
Approximately 1.6 million smartwatches were shipped in the second half of 2013, and over 17 million total wristworn trackers are expected to ship in 2014, according to market research firm Canalys.
Fitbit shipped the most wearable bands (58 percent market share), which Canalys suggested could be because Fitbit launched its Flex and Force bands in May and October 2013 respectively. Jawbone had...
December 17, 2013
Chicago-based higi, a digital health company that powers health kiosks in thousands of retail locations in the US, acquired New York and Seattle-based challenges and rewards platform Earndit last month. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. Higi is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur Michael Ferro, who is also the owner of the Chicago Sun-Times. The company officially...
October 16, 2013
Nike made two big announcements recently, a new generation of the Nike+ FuelBand and the next "evolution" of the Nike TechStars accelerator, called the Nike Fuel Lab.
The FuelBand SE is Nike's first major update to the FuelBand, which launched at the beginning of 2012. The device is very much an update, and only subtly modifies either the design or the philosophy of the Nike+ FuelBand.
October 7, 2013
Humana was the mystery buyer of Boston-based health engagement company Healthrageous, MobiHealthNews has learned. Healthrageous sold its assets to Humana and a number of Healthrageous employees who supported the platform will also be joining the insurance company. MobiHealthNews first reported last week that Healthrageous had shut down and had its assets acquired. The financial details of the...
September 24, 2013
Sprint and Techstars have launched a mobile health accelerator in Kansas City, the hometown region of Sprint, that will mentor 10 startups, according to a press release.
Applications are open until December 6th, finalists will be notified in January, and the actual program is expected to start March 2014. The program will last three months and companies can receive up to $120,000 in funding, $20,...
September 12, 2013
Jawbone has raised $93 million in debt, with an additional $20 million in equity rumored, according to a report from Fortune. CEO Hossain Rahman told Fortune that the company resorted to a debt raise in light of a much-higher-than-anticipated demand for its products, mentioning the Up activity tracker specifically.
"We've been experiencing crazy sell-through demand, particularly since the...
August 26, 2013
A casual mention tucked into the press release on Nike's latest ad campaign sparked some interest from The Next Web last week, as Nike revealed that its Nike+ ecosystem now has more than 18 million users. While that statistic certainly sounds impressive, it might be helpful to put it in some context.
Many fitness companies -- particularly device makers like Fitbit and Jawbone...
June 17, 2013
It seems like there's a new digital health device announced every day. Last week alone, Melon finished a Kickstarter campaign for a wearable head band to track concentration and potentially sleep, Basis launched a mobile app to accompany its Basis Band and Glooko relaunched its mobile diabetes management device. Still, in an increasingly competitive market, a few digital health devices have...
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...
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.