December 11, 2013
Six months after it's announcement at the Games for Health conference in Boston, Massachusetts, Six to Start, makers of gamified fitness app Zombies, Run!, has launched The Walk, a new iOS and Android app sponsored by the UK's Department of Health and NHS.
The app will cost $4.99 with an introductory price of $3.99 and is designed to take three months to play through the story, a length designed...
October 31, 2013
San Francisco-based fitness app maker Runtastic made headlines last year for taking the somewhat unusual step of adding its own hardware -- a GPS watch and chest strap -- to supplement its popular fitness app. Now the company is adding another device -- a wirelessly connected, body fat-tracking weight scale. The company also announced the availability of a new narrative feature called story...
July 29, 2013
Blue Goji CEO Kai Huang
Brothers Charles and Kai Huang, the co-founders of Red Octane and inventors of Guitar Hero, have set their sights on health gaming. AllThingsD is reporting that the pair's new company, Blue Goji, is coming out of stealth mode with a new take on gamified fitness: hardware that turns treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes into fitness-driven arcades.
Kai Huang, the...
July 16, 2013
Two months ago, MobiHealthNews looked at the fitness apps that Apple recommends to consumers in its app store, pointing out that, at the time, standalone fitness apps were doing better than the apps for connected devices like Fitbit and Jawbone UP.
It's important to remember, however, that iOS isn't the only game in town. In the world of fitness apps and devices in particular, we've recently seen...
July 11, 2013
This week we pushed live our latest edition of The MobiHealthNews Podcast. Over the past few weeks MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock and I discussed the world of wearable activity tracking with an impressive group of entrepreneurs working in that space. We covered issues ranging from wearability, fashion, and battery life to pricepoints and next steps. What would an Apple iWatch do to the...
June 28, 2013
London, UK-based Six to Start, the creators of runaway hit fitness game Zombies, Run! announced this week they are creating a new game that will use the same gamified, story-centric approach as Zombies, Run! but without the zombies -- or the running.
Tentatively titled "The Walk," the game will be a spy thriller and it will be focused on getting people to move more and generally be more active....
June 26, 2013
This year marks the ninth Games For Health conference, an event which has long paid particular attention to mobile health gaming. But Ben Sawyer, the event's organizer and arguably the biggest name in health gaming, says the mobile health gaming industry is "still in pre-season."
"The software's evolving, but no one seems to be running away with anything," Sawyer said in the opening address of...