fitness trackers

By Brian Dolan May 25, 2016
Smartwatch maker Pebble, one of the first companies to popularize the modern smartwatch concept, has launched a new device, called Pebble Core, that specifically targets runners. Unlike Pebble's other devices, Core is not a wristworn device, but a "a tiny little Android phone without a screen" that runners can clip-on or stick in their pocket, Pebble CEO and co-founder Eric Migicovsky told...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way. Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...
By Aditi Pai March 16, 2016
Jawbone has added a new defendant to one of its cases against Fitbit. This case is the one in which Jawbone alleges Fitbit poached employees who stole Jawbone trade secrets, according to Fortune. In the amended filing, Jawbone added Fitbit employee Jing Qi “Gee” Weiden, who was a former Jawbone employee, to the defendants. Weiden allegedly sent sensitive Jawbone company files to her Fitbit...
By Jonah Comstock December 2, 2015
According to a new report from Parks Associates, ownership of digital health and wellness devices in the United States -- especially fitness trackers -- is steadily climbing. And, the report contends, reports of widespread abandonment of fitness trackers are greatly exaggerated. Parks spoke with 5,000 US broadband households and found that 33 percent have adopted a digital health technology, up...
By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2015
Heart rate-tracking wearable Jawbone has laid off 60 employees, 15 percent of its workforce, according to a report in TechCrunch. The layoffs extend across the company, but the restructuring includes the closing down of the company's New York City office and downsizing operations in Sunnyvale and Pittsburgh. Jawbone told MobiHealthNews in an email that no further layoffs are planned and issued...
By Aditi Pai October 13, 2015
A new survey of 1,500 consumers from Apple Watch research service Wristly has found that 83 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed said the device at least somewhat contributes to their overall health and fitness. Just under 60 percent of respondents said the watch contributes to some change in their health and fitness and 24 percent said the device contributed to a lot of change. The survey...
By Aditi Pai August 27, 2015
The demand for wearable devices, which include fitness bands, smartwatches, smart glasses, and other sensor-enabled devices, has decreased after reaching a high point in January, according to an Argus Insights report compiled from approximately 328,000 consumer reviews since January 2014. Argus explained that over the last 18 months, the wearable market has grown significantly. Demand was slow at...
By Jonah Comstock May 21, 2015
A new report from analyst firm Argus Insights suggests that, while Fitbit is the clear leader in the fitness tracking device space, within the larger market, which includes smartwatches, its market share may be slipping away -- bad news for a company on the brink of IPO. Fitbit's mindshare in the overall wearables market, as measured in consumer reviews. Argus doesn't track unit sales or...
By Jonah Comstock March 19, 2015
Fitness wearables are big these days. Going on a tenth of the population has them, their visibility is on the rise through TV commercials, and even the President is talking about getting one. And, of course, the upcoming Apple Watch will feature fitness tracking functionality. So it's no surprise that headlines that take the wind out of wearables are, as Wired's Brent Rose puts it in a new piece...
By Aditi Pai January 13, 2015
Seventy percent of US consumers own a smartphone, while just 5.7 percent own a fitness-sensing wristband, according to a GlobalWebIndex survey of 7,500 US internet users conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014. Although GlobalWebIndex labeled the category "smart wristband", in the survey question, the research company used Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone Up, and Adidas miCoach as its only examples. Two...

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