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By Jonah Comstock April 4, 2016
Fitbit announced last week that in its first month of selling its two newest device: Fitbit Blaze and Fitbit Alta devices, it has sold 1 million of each. Additionally, during that time frame, the company says the Blaze was the best-selling device in the smartwatch category on Amazon. “At Fitbit, we continue to focus on developing innovative and motivating fitness-first products that our customers...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2016
A new paper published yesterday in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that, when it comes to measuring energy expenditure, many leading fitness trackers have a margin of error of about 200 calories per day in either direction. The study was conducted by Japanese researchers led by Haruka Murakami from the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo. Nineteen participants, aged 21 to 50, wore 12...
By Jonah Comstock March 14, 2016
Fossil announced a new activity and sleep tracking wearable at SXSW last week, the Q Motion. Though the design is slightly different, the wrist-worn device is almost a dead-ringer for the Misfit Ray, the most recent device unveiled by Misfit, the wearable company Fossil acquired in November.  Like the Misfit Ray, the Q Motion tracks activity and sleep and can vibrate with call or text...
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...

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