SmartWatch

By Jonah Comstock 11:37 am April 23, 2015
A survey of more than 1,000 consumers from ON World showed that fitness is the most important application for wearable users. More than half of likely wearable device owners would use their devices, either activity tracking devices or smartwatches, for fitness. The mobile sensing sports and fitness part of the connected mobile sensor market will have $10.5 billion in annual revenues this year --...
By Aditi Pai 11:16 am April 14, 2015
WebMD's Apple Watch app The Apple Watch is set to launch in just a few days. And in the past few weeks, a number of health and wellness-focused companies have announced their soon-to-launch Apple Watch apps. At the end of March, MobiHealthNews counted at least 19 new health and fitness apps that were announced for the Apple Watch. Since then, there's been at least another 18. Here are 18 more...
By Aditi Pai 08:53 am February 26, 2015
Fitbit Surge smartwatch Five percent of US broadband households use a smart watch that offers health and fitness tracking features, according to research firm Parks Associates. Parks also found that 8 percent of US broadband households use a digital pedometer or activity tracker. Parks Associates’ research analyst Tejas Mehta pointed out that unless smartwatch makers can convince consumers...
By Jonah Comstock 08:16 am February 18, 2015
Samsung's Gear Fit. With the Apple Watch launch, and its potential to upend the wearables market, a few months away, Canalys reports that the current market leader for "smart wearable bands" -- any wristworn device that can run third-party applications -- is Samsung. Meanwhile, the "basic wearable band" market, which Canalys defines as wearables that can't run apps, is still led by Fitbit. The...
By Jonah Comstock 09:38 am February 2, 2015
The soon-to-be-released Apple Watch, a smartwatch with fitness tracking capabilities. Thirty-five percent of American adults are planning to purchase a wearable technology device, and more than half of those are interested in using their wearable for activity tracking, according to new data from ON World. The research group surveyed more than 1,000 US adults for a new report, completed last...
By Jonah Comstock 09:06 am January 23, 2015
When Apple announced its Apple Watch wearable last September, there was scarce mention of the device's battery life, leading to the natural conclusion that battery was posing a problem for the Apple Watch team. At MobiHealthNews, we speculated that a shorter battery life was holding the team back from introducing sleep tracking, increasingly considered a must-have feature on fitness wearables....
By Jonah Comstock 07:23 am November 25, 2014
About 19 million wearable fitness devices are in use worldwide this year, according to a new report from Juniper Research, and that number is expected to nearly triple by 2018. Juniper predicts that market will continue to be dominated by designated fitness devices, but that smartwatches with fitness capabilities will gradually begin to eat away at the market as time goes on. Most of those...
By Aditi Pai 05:45 am October 30, 2014
Microsoft has officially launched a fitness-focused smart watch, called Microsoft Band as well as a new health tracking platform, called Microsoft Health. This announcement came just a week after another report leaked about the device. The product has been in development since 2010 when Microsoft launched the Kinect motion sensor for Xbox, Microsoft explains in a feature post. Microsoft Band, a...
By Jonah Comstock 08:54 am October 21, 2014
Two new reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers and its Health Research Institute on the present and future of wearables, including healthcare wearables, show that Americans are optimistic about the future of wearable technology, but less enthusiastic about the technology as it exists now. Health and fitness wearables still lead the category when it comes to consumer interest, and, the data suggests...
By Jonah Comstock 03:00 am September 30, 2014
Basis Science, the wearable company that was acquired in March by Intel’s new devices group, has unveiled a new wearable, the Basis Peak fitness and sleep tracker. The Peak device will replace the B1 and Carbon Steel devices, which will be supported but no longer sold starting November 5, when the Basis Peak goes on sale. “Basis Peak … continues a lot of the same principles we had in the prior...