February 11, 2015
Activity tracking apps on smartphones are more accurate than fitness tracking wearables when it comes to step counts, according to a small study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. Interestingly, the study found that clip-on pedometers were the most accurate.
“Since step counts are such an important part of how these devices and apps measure physical activity, including...
February 5, 2015
The five trackers used in the study.
A new study from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) looked at five popular consumer activity trackers and evaluated them for accuracy. The study found that five devices -- Nike+ FuelBand, Fitbit Ultra, Jawbone UP, BodyMedia FitCore and Adidas MiCoach -- all tracked steps relatively accurately, but many were less accurate when it comes to tracking...
January 21, 2015
A Dublin, Ireland-based company, Kinesis, has found that its QTUG system, which uses app-connected wearable sensors to assess fall risk, could be valuable for evaluating multiple sclerosis, too. Studies have found the technology to be 10 to 20 percent more accurate than existing methods for detecting falls.
Kinesis, a spin-off of Dublin's TRIL Centre for aging technology research, launched last...
January 6, 2015
The new heart rate-enabled devices Fitbit announced in October have begun shipping and are now available for purchase online, the company announced. The $249.95 Fitbit Surge, which the company calls a "fitness super watch" and the $149.95 Fitbit Charge HR, a heart rate tracking version of the company's new flagship device, will be available for purchase by the end of the month at Best Buy,...
December 18, 2014
A wearable device with an emergency button, from Lifecomm.
Parks Associates has released new research about caregivers and the role digital health devices play in their lives. According to Parks, 41 percent of US caregivers in households with broadband internet use a digital health device. Eight percent use some kind of online tool to coordinate their efforts.
The report, "360 View: Health...
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...
September 11, 2014
Apple's big wearable announcement Tuesday was met with excitement by some and disappointment by others. While health and fitness is a major selling point of the device, it's not the standout health wearable that it might have been. And with a price point starting at $349, it's a hard sell for consumers just looking for a better Fitbit.
The health tracker Apple Watch most resembles is the Basis...
September 10, 2014
Yet another clinically-focused, activity tracking wearable has now been cleared by the FDA, this one aimed specifically at the monitoring and treatment of Parkinson's disease. The Personal KinetiGraph, from Melbourne, Australia-based Global Kinetics Corporation, "offers comprehensive, automated reporting of a Parkinson’s disease patient’s movements so that neurologists and other physicians can...
July 31, 2014
Two years after its first foray into the hardware space, Austrian fitness company Runtastic is launching a new $119.99 wearable activity tracker, the Runtastic Orbit. The company aims to differentiate itself from the crowded activity tracker market by closely integrating the device with Runtastic's existing ecosystem of fitness apps, and also by targeting the European market, which is not yet as...
July 22, 2014
Chinese electronics company Xiaomi has announced a new fitness band that will retail in China for just $13 (79 RMB). The device will track activity, act as a silent alarm, and do something novel for fitness-tracking wristbands: unlock the user's phone in lieu of a password. PC World covered the launch event where CEO Lei Jun announced the device.
Although Xiaomi is just starting to sell devices...