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By Jonah Comstock December 15, 2015
What do dating apps have to do with health and fitness? Last month, that would have been a hard question to answer, but two news bites this week suggest there are few different ways two should get together. Today, a new app called Sweatt launched in the iOS app store. The app is Tinder for fitness junkies. Users fill out a profile that includes photos and basic information, but also asks “their...
By Aditi Pai April 22, 2014
Instructional video fitness app maker Fitnet raised $1.4 million from Valleys’ Ventures and CIT Gap Funds for its fitness app, Fitnet. Before this funding round, Fitnet was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and with some startup capital from the founder, the company's total funding to date is just under $2 million. Fitnet's iOS apps offers users guided workouts that...
By Jonah Comstock November 8, 2012
A common media narrative has it that screen time in front of TV and video games is a big contributor to inaction and obesity. But people following mobile health know that video games have the potential to impact fitness in a positive direction as well. In 2010, MobiHealthNews wrote about the potential for virtual avatars to improve fitness feedback. Now, a recent study from the University of...
By Brian Dolan December 17, 2009
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group, which develops technical specs and evangelizes Bluetooth technology, announced today the formal launch of Bluetooth Low Energy, a part of the Bluetooth 4.0 specification. Bluetooth Low Energy has already garnered the support of the Continua Health Alliance, a consortium of more than 220 companies working on interoperability for personal medical devices and...
By Brian Dolan November 11, 2009
Best Buy announced today that 40 of its stores in the U.S. have begun offering personal health solutions devices like pedometers, Bluetooth-enabled weight scales and blood pressure monitors. "New technologies are emerging daily to help people plan, monitor, and enhance their health and fitness activities," Best Buy stated in its press release. "Yet finding the ways and the time to stay fit and...
By Brian Dolan October 27, 2009
UK-based Toumaz Technology has commercially launched its Sensium Life Pebble vital sign wireless monitoring device after attaining a CE mark. The monitoring system is now available in the European Union and other countries that have adopted the CE standard for certified medical devices. The Life Pebble includes a single lead ECG, skin thermometer, and an accelerometer, which enables it to track...
By Brian Dolan October 1, 2009
Prevention is at the heart of much of the national health reform discussion, but it all starts with fitness and wellness -- that's true for the emerging wireless health industry, too. "Many believe that one of the earliest areas of wireless health that will really pop is the fitness and wellness side of it," Rob Mesirow, Vice President of the wireless association CTIA told MobiHealthNews in an...
By Brian Dolan September 30, 2009
Fitbit, a wireless-enabled, fitness and calorie tracking device became commercially available this week. The device, which is small enough to clip on to the user's clothing, uses an internal motion detector to track the wearer's movement, sleep and calorie burn during both the day and night. The device costs $99. Fitbit provides users with metrics like: Amount of steps you took today, miles...
By Brian Dolan August 12, 2009
According to a recent survey of K-12 teachers conducted by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and Polar, 51 percent of teachers said technology increases student motivation during physical education classes. The survey also found that 59 percent of teachers said that technology helps teachers better communicate with the school and district administrators about...
By Brian Dolan July 23, 2009
According to a recent report from ABI Research, wearable wireless sensors are set to grow to more than 400 million devices by 2014. The research firm believes demand will come from professional healthcare, home healthcare and sports and fitness markets, but each market will develop at different speeds and support different applications. ABI estimates that the sports and fitness market represents...

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