Wearable

By Jonah Comstock January 7, 2015
Cambridge, Massachusetts and Milan, Italy-based Empatica is crowdfunding a new wristworn tracker device, Embrace, which brings clinically validated tracking methods to the consumer market. The technology has an initial primary focus on epilepsy, but is also usable for activity, stress and sleep tracking in healthy individuals and will gradually add use cases for other chronic conditions including...
By Jonah Comstock October 28, 2014
Mountain View, California-based iHealth, a subsidiary of Chinese medical device company Andon Health, announced a new device, called iHealth Edge, its second foray into the activity tracking space. While iHealth's previous activity tracker, released in May of last year, felt like something of a box-checking exercise in the company's ever-expanding portfolio, the Edge has some features that might...
By Jonah Comstock September 9, 2014
Apple made its long-awaited wearable announcement today at a special event in Cupertino, as well as showing off the iPhone 6 and the new, larger iPhone 6 plus. As expected, Apple put a significant focus on fitness and wellness for the wristworn device, which is actually called Apple Watch not iWatch. The Apple Watch did not emerge as the advanced-sensing health device some envisioned. The device...
By Jonah Comstock August 5, 2014
Makers of EEG tracking headband devices have pitched the devices with a number of different use cases: as a biofeedback device to help the user manage stress, as a controller for gadgets, or as a quantified self device for assessing sleep. Now Philips Healthcare and Accenture have teamed up to show off the possibility of using one such device, the Emotiv Insight Brainware, to help patients with...
By Jonah Comstock 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...
By Aditi Pai May 29, 2014
The wearables market, including activity trackers, smart watches, and head-worn displays, is expected to ship 48 million units in 2014 and 91 million in 2015, but after that, the market is expected to slow down for one or two years "as consumers rebound from the initial hype", according to a report from the NPD Group. “We expect that the dynamics of the wearables market will be similar to DVD,...
By Aditi Pai April 10, 2014
Only 15 percent of consumers use a nutrition-tracking website or mobile app to stay healthy, according to a Nielsen survey of 471 respondents called the Health and Wellness survey conducted in February 2014. The post from Nielsen combines insights from not only the Health and Wellness Survey, but also the Connected Life Report, which MobiHealthNews covered at the end of March. This report...
By Aditi Pai April 3, 2014
A third of consumers who own a wearable device stopped using it within six months, according to consulting firm Endeavour Partners'  September 2013 survey of 500 adults. Additionally, more than half of consumers who own one no longer use it. The researchers received responses from 6,223 consumers in the United States about whether they owned a "modern activity tracker", which they described as...
By Aditi Pai October 16, 2013
Adidas has announced its entry into the smartwatch market, but with a new angle -- a smartwatch meant specifically for runners. "We're not trying to make a smartwatch, but probably the smartest running watch," head of Adidas Interactive Paul Gaudio told GigaOm Senior Writer Katie Fehrenbacher at the GigaOm Mobilize event in San Francisco, California. The device will launch November 1st and will...
By Jonah Comstock October 4, 2013
The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Consumer wearable devices -- including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches -- will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a new report from Berg Insight. That's up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent. Berg predicts smartwatches will eclipse fitness...