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By Aditi Pai November 2, 2015
Fitbit Surge Jawbone has filed an answer and counterclaim against Fitbit in response to the patent infringement lawsuit that Fitbit filed in early September, according to TechCrunch. The suit Fitbit filed in September alleged that Jawbone infringed on three patents, two of which were issued in May 2015 and a third that was issued in December 2014. The two from May 2015 were “Notifications On A...
By Jonah Comstock October 21, 2015
Last night, Misfit launched its first new version of the Shine activity tracker. The Shine was Misfit's original product when the company launched in 2012. The Misfit Shine 2 will have a very similar look and price point to the original Misfit Shine, but adds a number of new features including some that reflect the company's recent focus on using its wearables as controllers for other smart...
By Jonah Comstock September 4, 2015
Runtastic, the Austrian fitness app company that was recently acquired by Adidas, announced its second wearable fitness tracker, the Runtastic Moment. The Moment, which has both a watch and fitness tracking capabilities, is a follow-up to the Runtastic Orbit wearable launched last summer. “Over the past few years, we have seen the majority of players in the health and fitness space – Runtastic...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2015
Apps can help increase the amount of leisure time that users spend exercising as well as positively impacting their BMI, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers surveyed 726 people via Amazon's Mechanical Turk on their usage of exercise apps and their exercise habits. It was conducted by researchers from Lander College, Columbia University, Long...
By Jonah Comstock August 4, 2015
A new app, developed at the interaction design lab at Cornell University, has a novel approach to helping users lose weight: an algorithm that latches onto the healthy behaviors users are already doing and then gradually encourages them to do more of the same. The app is called MyBehavior, and it's set to launch in the Google Play store in September. The research team already did a 14-week study...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2015
Garmin has been in the wearable business since at least 2003, but the company has only been in the highly competitive consumer fitness tracker market -- with its VivoSmart and VivoFit lines -- for a little under a year. And in that time, the company has only managed to capture between 10 and 15 percent of the market, according to their own estimates. Their fitness segment posted a sluggish 5...
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 June 23, 2015
Google (specifically the life sciences team at Google X) is building a wearable health sensor for cardiac and activity tracking, but it isn't a Fitbit or Apple Watch competitor: Google's device is a clinical-grade sensor designed for investigational use. "In brief, we’ll be starting to use it in clinical studies to see if/how a continuous stream of medical-grade measurements of biological signals...
By Jonah Comstock June 10, 2015
BodyMedia's patents, now owned by Jawbone, are at the heart of the new suit. For the second time in less than a month, Jawbone is suing Fitbit in advance of the latter company's planned June 17th initial public offering. This time the allegation is patent infringement. Jawbone is now suing Fitbit over alleged infringement of three patents Jawbone obtained when it purchased BodyMedia in 2013....
By Brian Dolan June 1, 2015
As expected Australia-based medical device company dorsaVi has received a new FDA 510(k) that expands the use case for the suite of wearable sensors, called ViMove, to allow providers to use them for tracking additional static postures like a natural standing posture and various sitting postures. The new clearance also enables providers to use the devices to track healthy patients and establish a...

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