BodyMedia

By Jonah Comstock February 10, 2016
At CES this year, a smartphone-connected pregnancy test turned some heads. But it turns out that use case might not require its own device -- just a Fitbit and a clever online community. As Buzzfeed reported last week, one New York City woman found out she was pregnant after her Fitbit device displayed a mysteriously elevated heartrate, and her husband turned to online discussion site Reddit for...
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2016
Last month saw the last vestige of BodyMedia, the FDA-cleared consumer-facing wearable device company acquired by Jawbone in 2013, slip away. On January 31st the company officially stopped making BodyMedia Fit device data available to users and shut down the BodyMedia website (it now redirects to Jawbone’s site), essentially rendering the devices useless. “On Jan 31, 2016 support for BodyMedia...
By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2015
Nearly a year after announcing its direct-to-consumer fitness tracker AmpStrip -- and after raising more than $500,000 on Indiegogo for it -- Fitlinxx has announced that it will not be developing AmpStrip as a fitness tracker, but rather as a medical device. The company will refund all of its nearly 4,000 backers on request. Engadget first reported the news. The news came in an update to the...
By Aditi Pai September 22, 2015
Some 80 percent of people were more motivated to manage their health after using an activity tracker, according to a randomized control trial from March 2014 of 600 patients who are pre-diabetic and morbidly obese. The study, which lasted six months, was conducted by Cigna. The activity trackers used were made by BodyMedia, which was acquired by Jawbone. The devices have since been discontinued...
By Aditi Pai September 8, 2015
Jawbone UP2 After a string of lawsuits that Jawbone has filed against Fitbit, the latter has filed one of its own, suing Jawbone and its subsidiary, BodyMedia, in Delaware District Court, for alleged patent infringement. Fitbit is suing Jawbone over alleged infringement of three patents, two of which were issued in May 2015 and a third that was issued in December 2014. The two from May 2015...
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 Jonah Comstock February 18, 2015
It seems like everybody's talking about fitness device accuracy these days. A small study at the University of Pennsylvania found that out of clip-on pedometers, wristworn wearables, and apps, the wristworn devices were the least accurate. Another study, from the American Council on Exercise, found a range of accuracy levels for step counting on wearable devices, but found them lacking when it...
By Jonah Comstock November 5, 2014
It's that time of year again when all the major activity tracking device makers are announcing their next generation devices. And with the specter of the Apple Watch on the horizon, the battle for activity tracking is more frenzied than ever. Basis announced its Basis Peak at the end of September and Fitbit announced the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge at the end of October. Now Jawbone has...
By Brian Dolan May 27, 2014
This year has proven to be an eventful one for fitness wearables-maker Jawbone, which for the past few weeks has been the subject of acquisition rumors, according to a number of sources. Of course, all that noise could just be from the company's investors who may still be in the final stages of closing a hoped-for $250 million round of funding at a $3.3 billion valuation. Last year Jawbone, which...
By Aditi Pai April 30, 2014
London-based digital health tool maker Big Health raised $3.3 million from Index Ventures and Forward Partners to expand into the United States. The company plans to open an office on the west coast. The company's first tool, Sleepio, aims to help users fix their sleeping issues. Users are asked to take a sleeping test and then upload sleeping data from a fitness device, Jawbone UP, Fitbit, or...

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