August 28, 2019
Fitbit pulled back the curtain on its fall launch lineup this morning, revealing a major new subscription health service called Fitbit Premium right alongside the latest versions of its tried and true consumer hardware products: the Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch and Fitbit Aria Air Bluetooth scale.
In-app wellness support for consumers
Launching in September, Fitbit Premium is a data-driven health...
June 24, 2019
Four years after launching, the Canadian wellness platform Carrot Rewards announced that it will shut down its app-based service due to lack of investment.
“It breaks our hearts to be saying farewell to you as we have closed down the Carrot Rewards app,” Andrea Soulvaliotis, founder and CEO of Toronto-based Carrot Insights, wrote in a statement posted on Carrot Rewards’ website last Wednesday. “...
May 29, 2019
The summer of 2016 was dominated by a digital wellness app that few saw coming: Pokémon Go, a mobile game that used GPS and augmented reality to encourage players to explore real-world locations. And while the initial spike of mainstream consumer interest dropped off within a few months, The Pokémon Company and app developer Niantic (a Google spinout) have gradually won players back with content...
August 15, 2018
London-based BioBeats, which uses artificial intelligence to deliver digital wellness support to consumers and employees, has raised $3 million (£2.4 million) in a funding round led by Oxford Sciences Innovation, White Cloud, and IQ Capital. According to the announcement, the new capital will enable the company to scale its international offerings.
“For BioBeats, our vision is to disrupt the way...
October 6, 2016
London-based BioBeats, which is developing a wellness solution for consumers using artificial intelligence, smartphones and wearable sensors, has completed a study on corporate stress and health with employees from financial services company BNP Paribas.
A group of 560 BNP Paribas employees wore the (recently discontinued) Microsoft Band 2 to continuously measure various biometric measurements...
November 19, 2015
Palo Alto-based Azumio, which offers a suite of health and wellness apps, has added a nitric oxide testing feature to its comprehensive health and fitness app, Argus. Azumio has partnered with Berkeley Test, a company that makes salivary nitric oxide test strips, for this offering.
Nitric oxide, according to Azumio, is a helpful metric to measure for maintaining a healthy blood pressure,...
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...
November 25, 2014
Recently, Crowdfooding, an online service that aims to match food-focused entrepreneurs, including some health-focused startups, with experienced investors launched a beta version of their website.
The service has created a database of accredited investors who have funded different types of food companies, including specialty food, groceries, food delivery, and food and tech, which includes...
September 16, 2014
Insurance company Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), which offers insurance plans to residents of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, has made available its first wellness app for its members, called Centered. The app focuses on activity tracking and meditation.
The app will make use of the M7 and M8 motion coprocessors on Apple's iPhone 5S and newly released iPhone 6,...
February 19, 2014
San Diego, California-based MD Revolution, which launched its online wellness coaching platform RevUp! at CES this year, raised $7 million from angel investors. This raise brings MD Revolution's total funding to $8 million.
In conjunction with the funding, MD Revolution announced that it named Jean Balgrosky, co-founder of Bootstrap Incubation and Andy Sassine, former portfolio manager for...