Withings

By Jonah Comstock April 27, 2016
Ramzi Haidamus, President of Nokia Technologies, describes the company’s pending $191 million acquisition of Withings as a “reverse takeover”. “Nokia is paying the bill, but it’s really Cedric [Hutchings, CEO of Withings] and his team that will come into Nokia and run the whole show,” Haidamus told MobiHealthNews. “All our digital health efforts inside the company will report to Cedric and his...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2016
Nokia Technologies will acquire French connected health device maker Withings for $191 million (170 million euros). Withings, which makes smartphone-connected weight scales, blood pressure cuffs, activity trackers, and, recently, thermometers, has raised $34 million to date, with the latest being a $30 million round in 2013. As we wrote last month, Nokia has been searching for a new focus area...
By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2016
Withings has added a new paid software feature to its Health Mate app, an algorithm called Hy-Result that will help patients analyze the blood pressure data they collect from Withings devices. “With cardiovascular disease being the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, everyday monitoring blood pressure becomes an increasingly important part of anyone’s...
By Jonah Comstock January 6, 2016
The event once known as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, is upon us once again, and once again we're ringing in the new year with a range of health and fitness device announcements from both established players and new upstarts. We've already reported this week on the latest from Fitbit and Withings, as well as Under Armour's new foray, with HTC, into connected fitness hardware. All that is...
By Jonah Comstock January 5, 2016
At CES this week Withings, which has recently focused on fitness its Activite watch series — unveiled a new medical device, Withings Thermo, a WiFi connected thermometer. Rather than being inserted in the mouth or armpit, Thermo measures temperature from the temporal artery on the die of the head. The user simply hold the thermometer next to their head or a child’s head and an array of 16...
By Aditi Pai November 16, 2015
Withings has launched its third analog activity tracking device. This one, called Activite Steel, costs $169.95. The new device is more expensive than the Activite Pop, which costs $149.95, but cheaper than the company's higher-end device, which costs $450. Activite Steel shows the user two dials, similar to the other devices. One hand shows the user the time, while the other shows the user's...
By Aditi Pai October 27, 2015
Fitness tracking device developer Garmin has unveiled its first smart scale, called Index Smart Scale, to help its users track weight and related metrics. Garmin is notably late to the smart scale market. Other consumer-focused companies, like Withings, have offered smartphone-connected weight scales since 2009. “The Index Smart Scale is an exciting addition to the Garmin lineup,” Garmin Vice...
By Jonah Comstock September 3, 2015
It's been a busy week for wearables and other digital health and fitness devices, with a plethora of announcements from major consumer electronics players. Sony, Samsung, and Huawei have all unveiled their next generation smartwatches or fitness trackers, as has GPS device maker TomTom. Smart thermometer company Kinsa began crowdfunding its second product, and Withings announced a new connected...
By Jonah Comstock August 11, 2015
Katherine Morley makes a donation at the Hirsh Library at Tufts. Last year when Endeavor Partners published a study showing that a third of wearable activity tracker users consign their device to the sock drawer within six months, most people saw it as a fatal flaw in the activity tracker trend. But Lisa Gualtieri, an Assistant Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts...
By Aditi Pai July 8, 2015
In the past week, a few companies with wristworn activity tracking devices, Withings, Xiaomi, Jawbone, and Misfit, have announced new features or accessories for their trackers. Last week, Jawbone announced that the UP4, which was first announced in April, is now available and shipping in the US from the company's website. The UP4, which costs $199, has an American Express NFC-enabled payment...

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