wearables

By Jonah Comstock November 13, 2015
Fossil Group will buy wearables company Misfit for $260 million, the companies announced last night. Fossil will keep the Misfit brand and product line intact and work with them to develop and release additional products in Misfit's pipeline. Misfit founder and CEO Sonny Vu will serve as president and chief technology officer of connected devices at Fossil, an executive-level position. The...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
A Kaiser Permanente video visit. Doctors, technologists, and entrepreneurs have a lot of different visions of the future of medicine, and they don't always line up. Dr. Robert Pearl, the Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, part of Kaiser Permanente, thinks some digital health offerings -- like video visits -- will revolutionize medicine. Others -- like health monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2015
Four out of five internet-connected adults use some kind of digital health technology, according to a new report on consumer health trends by seed investor Rock Health. Rock Health identified six different categories of digital health use: searching for online health information, comparing health services online, tracking health with a mobile app, tracking health with a wearable device, using...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2015
Funding for wearables startups -- not just health-focused wearables -- is on track for a five-year low according to a new report from CB Insights. The firm says that startups focused on wearables are on track to hit $276 million for 2015, which would be 72 percent lower than 2014′s total and the lowest annual funding total since 2010. Last year's funding, it's worth noting, was unusually high due...
By Jonah Comstock August 20, 2015
Bryan Roberts Bryan Roberts, one of Venrock's healthcare-focused investment partners, has some rules of thumb for investing in digital health -- and for what to pass up. Roberts' portfolio included six successful exits last year, the Wall Street Journal reports, and this year he has invested in Stride Health, Lyra Health, Intarcia Therapeutics, and Grand Rounds. In a recent interview with the...
By Aditi Pai July 20, 2015
Under Armour Record HTC has announced that it will postpone the launch of its activity tracker, called HTC Grip, which was first unveiled in March and projected to launch in the spring, according to CNET. HTC Grip is the company’s first activity tracking wristworn wearable. The tracker is powered by Under Armour’s newly launched app, UA Record, which integrates data from other health apps and...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2015
A new report from analyst firm Argus Insights suggests that, while Fitbit is the clear leader in the fitness tracking device space, within the larger market, which includes smartwatches, its market share may be slipping away -- bad news for a company on the brink of IPO. Fitbit's mindshare in the overall wearables market, as measured in consumer reviews. Argus doesn't track unit sales or...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2015
Fitbit Surge Two thirds of insurance company executives said they expect wearable technologies to have a significant impact on the insurance industry, according to an Accenture survey of 200 insurance company execs. They survey included perspectives from all types of insurance companies, not just health insurance. The survey found that 63 percent think wearables will be widely adopted by the...
By Jonah Comstock May 5, 2015
Mountain View, California-based Amiigo, which makes an activity tracker that raised $580,000 on Indiegogo in 2013, has teamed up with online patient community platform Alliance Health to launch a new study looking at the combined effect of wearables and peer support on heart failure patients. “There are a lot of different questions we can begin to ask related to the value of a social networking...
By Jonah Comstock April 29, 2015
Aetna business unit iTriage has released data from a survey of 3,300 of its users -- a sample of individuals who, as iTriage users, have already adopted mobile health tools -- and found that only 48 percent of their iOS users use Apple Health. What's more, 27 percent have never heard of it. Google Fit fairs even worse, with only 40 percent of the iTriage Android users surveyed using it and 27...