wearable fitness devices

By Aditi Pai June 26, 2014
Image Source: Keller Sports' online store, which is showing the device as currently not for sale. Adidas could soon add a new activity tracker to its product line, a wristworn wearable called the miCoach Fit Smart, according to a report from Engadget. A letter Adidas wrote about the miCoach Fit Smart to the FCC in May 2014 explains that Adidas wants the device's external photographs, internal...
By Brian Dolan April 30, 2014
Three former Dexcom employees left the company last year to form a new venture, Glucovation, which is developing a direct-to-consumer, wearable device that continuously senses glucose for people trying to lose weight or improve their athletic performance. The Glucovation team is headed up by Dexcom's former senior technical director for R&D, Robert Boock, who was in charge of that company's...
By Jonah Comstock June 11, 2013
Basis Science, makers of the Basis Band, finally launched their first mobile app, and, notably, it's an Android app. The app currently works on five phones, all from Samsung, but the company promises more to come. The $199 Basis Band launched last November with Bluetooth connectivity built into all devices, but no mobile app at all. That was something of a surprising move for an activity tracker...
By Aditi Pai June 7, 2013
By Aditi Pai, Jonah Comstock, & Brian Dolan Mobile health has come a long way since the start of 2009 when Apple demonstrated on-stage at its World Wide Developer Conference how blood pressure monitors and blood glucose meters could connect to the iPhone 3G via cables or Bluetooth. MobiHealthNews has tracked health-related wearable devices from their infancy as research projects at university...
By Brian Dolan May 14, 2013
Last week a widely spread rumor made it's way to various tech blogs about the next generation Nike+ FuelBand: Reportedly, the second generation device is currently being tested by Nike employees who are wearing it out in the public because the prototype still has the form factor of the original. A report in gadget blog, Gear Live, claims that the next FuelBand will include Bluetooth 4.0 (aka...
By Brian Dolan February 26, 2013
Last Friday mobile health startup Misfit Wearables received some free publicity from television gameshow Jeopardy! when its soon-to-launch Shine device was featured as part of one of the last clues in the semi-finals edition. The clue was: "The Misfit Shine is a high tech one of these that tracks how much you not only walk but bike or swim.” The correct question was “What is a pedometer?” which...
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2012
By most quantifiable measures Nike+ is the dominant digital fitness offering on the market today. The Nike+ ecosystem currently includes smartphone apps, simple accelerometer shoe inserts, pre-loaded software on the iPod Nano, and its latest addition, the wrist-worn Nike+ Fuel Band. While at least two third party apps are already leveraging Nike+ data from its (soon to open) APIs, Nike made a...
By Jonah Comstock November 2, 2012
A new report from Juniper is the latest in a flurry of forecasts about the role that smart wearable devices, or wearables, are going to play in the mobile technology market over the next few years. Juniper says wearables will be a $1.5 billion market by 2014, up from just $800 million this year. Some of that drive is from “multifunction” devices like Google’s Project Glass and a similar product...
By Brian Dolan August 7, 2012
The history of wearable computing goes back at least 50 years, back when the military began developing displays built-in to headgear worn by pilots. A decade later brought wearables developed to determine how fast roulette wheels were spinning and the 1979 saw the launch of Sony's WalkMan. Jody Ranck's latest report for GigaOm covers this past, the present and potential future for wearable...
By Brian Dolan July 3, 2012
Based on a survey conducted by IMS Research, if you are a smartphone owner who exercises at least once a week and is interested in sports and fitness apps, chances are you are also willing to buy some kind of fitness sensor that connects to an app on your phone. IMS interviewed some 400 consumers in the United Kingdom and the US for its survey. About 62.3 percent of the group that fits the...

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