Posts tagged ‘self quantified’

October 17, 2013

Pebble + Glass + iWatch + Gear + FitBit + Fuelband = 64M units shipped by 2017

Sales of wearable technology jumped almost 300 percent in 2012 as we bought 8.3 million fitness trackers, smart watches, and smart glasses. But we’re still at the very, very early stages of the industry, according to a new report that says that sales will balloon to 64 million devices within four years.

That’s better than 50 percent growth, every single year.

Today, the market is mostly fitness bands and trackers, like FitBit, Fuelband, and Jawbone Up. But within five years, it will shift to largely smart watches, according to Berg Insight. And, perhaps, smart glasses like Google Glass.

An iWatch prototype

“A perfect storm of innovation within low power wireless connectivity, sensor technology, big data, cloud services, voice user interfaces and mobile computing power is coming together and paves the way for connected wearable technology,” Johan Svanberg, a Berg senior analyst, said in a statement. “However, today’s devices need to evolve into something more than single purpose fitness trackers or external smartphone notification centers in order to be truly successful.”

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September 30, 2013

Jawbone offers developers open access to API for its UP activity tracker

Back in April (when it also acquired BodyMedia), Jawbone announced an invitation-only API program for its UP activity-tracking wristband. On Thursday, the company said it was opening up API access to developers worldwide.

“The open UP Developer Platform includes everything a developer will need including full documentation of the API, the ability to set up and manage connected apps, and access to support/troubleshooting from the developer community and Jawbone engineers,” the company said in a statement, adding that it plans to roll out additional features in the next few months.

At its initial launch, Jawbone only gave API access to 10 partners, including MapMyFitness, RunKeeper, Withings and IFTTT. It enabled a startup like RunKeeper, for example, to let users log a run in that app and then view the data in UP’s app or use a Withings scale and then monitor their weight through UP.

Competitors Fitbit (see disclosure) and the Nike Fuelband also offer developers access to APIs (although it appears that Nike’s is available to select developers). Given strong competition from those wearable rivals, as well as activity-tracking mobile apps, Jawbone’s hope is that an open API will help it expand the UP ecosystem.

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September 30, 2013

Polar Launches The First Activity Tracker With Heart Rate Monitoring

This week Polar announced Polar Loop, a stylish activity tracker in the form of a smart bracelet, which tracks daily activity and exercise levels, monitors sleep patterns, gives instant motivational feedback and provides alerts to help users achieve personalized daily activity goals.

The new werable is also the first activity tracker to offer users the option of incorporating heart rate monitoring during workouts, which ensures that credit is given for all exercise, including activities such as cycling that an activity tracker alone will not capture.

Combined with Polar Flow, a free online tracking service and app for iPhone that automatically syncs via Bluetooth® Smart, Polar Loop provides smart guidance on how to improve health and well-being by making small changes in daily activity. Designed to be worn 24 hours a day, Polar Loop is waterproof and accurately captures all movement and exercise and distinguishes between various levels of activity.

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September 30, 2013

Des capteurs qui bousculent déjà le secteur de la santé

Et si le smartphone aidait à surveiller son poids, son sommeil ou son rythme cardiaque ? Ce n’est plus de la science-fiction. Profitant de la multiplication des données sur les utilisateurs, de la géolocalisation et des améliorations technologiques, plusieurs sociétés ont lancé ces derniers mois des produits permettant de prendre soin de soi grâce à son téléphone ou à sa tablette. La base de ces systèmes : des capteurs à placer autour du bras ou du poignet qui surveillent le pouls, la distance parcourue en marchant dans une journée ou en courant lors d’un footing. Ces données sont ensuite agrégées pour assurer un suivi et proposer des solutions à l’utilisateur. L’un des leaders du secteur, l’américain Fitbit, a récemment levé 43 millions de dollars, pour une valorisation qui dépasserait les 300 millions. La start-up compte à son capital Softbank Capital et Qualcomm Ventures. Le français Withings développe, lui, des balances électroniques connectées et propose ensuite un service de suivi en ligne. Il a réussi à lever 23,5 millions d’euros (dont 11 millions auprès de la Banque publique d’investissement) en juillet. Et les possibilités semblent sans limite. Une start-up américaine a déjà développé un électrocardiogramme relié à Internet, une autre travaille sur la détection de maladies via un test urinaire avec application mobile… Le tout sous le regard d’un secteur de la santé vigilant quant à l’efficacité de ces produits.

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September 16, 2013

Calorie counter is Fashion Week’s hottest accessory

At Lincoln Center on Thursday, a crowd packed with celebs like Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones applauded designer Charlotte Ronson at the end of her spring 2014 presentation. Surrounded by…

At Lincoln Center on Thursday, a crowd packed with celebs like Jessica Alba and Rashida Jones applauded designer Charlotte Ronson at the end of her spring 2014 presentation. Surrounded by her playfully clad models on the runway, Ronson looked effortlessly chic in a white cut-out dress from the collection paired with black strappy platforms, colorful bracelets and a black rubbery wristband.

Yes, a black rubbery wristband.

Ronson sported an onyx Jawbone UP ($129.99 at, a fitness band that tracks how many steps a wearer takes and how well she sleeps. While at first glance pedometer bracelets like the UP — and its main competitors, the Nike FuelBand and Fitbit Flex ($99.95 at — appear more functional than fashionable, they’re becoming increasingly popular in style circles.

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Designer Charlotte Ronson (right) with pal Rashida Jones, looks chic wearing a Jawbone UP fitness band as the two take in Ronson’s Spring 2014 fashion show.Zuma Press

Stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Katy Perry and Britney Spears have been seen sporting the UP, and the FuelBand has its own celeb following and fashionable endorsements.

“It works with anything I’m wearing. It’s a great fashion piece as well as really incredibly useful,” says Catherine McNear, 45, a chic blonde from Darien, Conn., who works for Estée Lauder.

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September 15, 2013

Ambio raises $525K for home health monitoring | mobihealthnews

Stamford, Connecticut-based Ambio Health, a company developing a low-cost platform for connecting home medical monitors, has raised a third angel round of $525,000. The money comes from mostly existing angels and one new investor, CEO Kevin Jones told MobiHealthNews. With its previous two raises, the company’s total funding comes to $2 million since the company was founded in 2011.

The Ambio Remote Health Monitoring system, which debuted at CES in January,received FDA 510(k) clearance in July. The system adds wireless capability to standard home health monitors and automates data collection. Jones told MobiHealthNews in July that the company’s wireless gateway system would sell for $19.99, as would each wireless connector, which plug into the USB ports of specific medical devices like Agamatrix’s Presto blood glucose monitor or Homedics’ BPA-060 blood pressure monitor.

Jones told MobiHealthNews that the funding, along with previous funding, will be used for product development, sales and marketing, and general operations.

When devices are connected to the Ambio system, they automatically log their readings and upload them to a secure, HIPAA-compliant web platform called the Ambio Care Portal. From there, readings can be viewed by family members, healthcare providers, and caregivers. In addition patients can set reminders for readings and medications, which can be delivered as phone calls, texts, or emails.

The platform is currently optimized for chronic disease patients, especially those with diabetes and hypertension, but upcoming products, including door and window sensors, will focus on supporting aging in place seniors.

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September 12, 2013

Jawbone Closes $100M in New Funding to Push Mobile, Wearable Tech

Jawbone has secured another $100 million in funding in an expanded effort to keep up with demand for a market that can’t get enough wearable and mobile

Jawbone has secured another $100 million in funding in an expanded effort to “keep up with demand” for a market that can’t get enough wearable and mobile technologies.

“Over the past several months, the company behind the Up fitness-tracking wristband and Jambox wireless speaker has acquired nearly a handful of companies, including Massive Health and BodyMedia,” Gigaom reported Thursday, confirming that it’s just raised more than $100 million in a combination of debt and equity financing.

The raise comes amid booming interest in wearable technology. Jawbone’s Up band faces competition from Nike’s Fuelband, Fitbit’s trackers and similar products from other health and fitness technology companies. Mobile apps like Noom Walk and Moves are increasingly making the smartphone a contender in the wearable computing space.

“We’ve been experiencing crazy sell-through demand, particularly since the relaunch of Up,” Hosain Rahman, Jawbone’s founder and CEO, tells Fortune. “It’s been faster than anything we’d had before, and equity is not the most efficient way to scale all that. If you’re a software company with high demand, you just call Amazon (AMZN) and add more servers to your AWS account. But when you build a physical good, there is a lot more that goes into it – ordering materials, manufacturing, delivery… Debt is the most efficient way to finance that.”

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September 11, 2013

Jawbone also quietly acquired Nutrivise | mobihealthnews

Earlier this year, Jawbone bought another company, Palo Alto-based nutrition app maker Nutrivise for an unknown sum, without making any official announcement. MobiHealthNews learned of the acquisition from StartX Health, an accelerator in which Nutrivise participated.

Nutrivise was founded in 2011. In 2012 the company created an app, called Here&Now, which it described as “a nutritionist in your pocket” for Bay area residents. Here&Now had several features beyond a standard calorie counter app. The user can input biometric data, health goals, and location, and the app will recommend local and chain restaurants. It can also tell the user how healthy a dish is, both in general and for the user, personally. The app appears to have been pulled from the app store.

At least two Nutrivise team members were kept on by Jawbone after the acquisition, according to LinkedIn. Nutrivise CEO Laura Borel is now Jawbone’s Product Manager for Nutrition, while co-founder and VP of Product Tito Balsamo is now a User Experience Strategist at Jawbone.

Nutrivise had at least one funding raise, a $750,000 seed round in May 2012 which included an investment from EchoVC, as well as Angels Pejman Nozad, Zak Holdsworth, and Michael Paulus.

Jawbone’s acquisition of Nutrivise, a data-driven nutrition app, is in line with the company’s other acquisitions this year. In February, Jawbone acquired Massive Health, another bay area startup with a nutrition app. Massive’s app, The Eatery, was more social-focused, allowing users to take pictures of their food and crowdsource its relative nutritional value.

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August 25, 2013

Mobile Technology Could Put Health In Hands of Patients

The health care gold rush is on as companies chase smarter home monitoring device technologies.

If health care is the new gold rush, then it’s no surprise Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies, entrepreneurs and recent MBAs hope to strike it rich on the heels of U.S. health care reform.

A growing number of today’s technological gold-seekers want to help patients manage chronic disease. Specifically, they are interested in home monitoring devices – wireless trackers that can send thousands of electrocardiogram (EKG) tracings, blood sugar levels or other bodily statistics directly to health care professionals.

While home monitoring devices may have a glittering future, some of today’s tech companies are chasing fool’s gold.

That’s because some promoters of home monitoring technology believe doctors will carefully scrutinize each EKG or blood sugar reading and use the information to tailor perfect regimens for their patients. This is nothow medicine works.

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August 25, 2013

Nike+ now has over 18m members tracking their exercise with a FuelBand, SportWatch or fitness app


Nike casually let slip today that Nike+, its online platform for tracking personal exercise logged with a FuelBand, SportWatch or Nike+ fitness app, now has over 18 million members …

Nike+ now has over 18m members tracking their exercise with a FuelBand, SportWatch or fitness app

Nike casually let slip today that Nike+, its online platform for tracking personal exercise logged with a FuelBand, SportWatch or Nike+ fitness app, now has over 18 million members worldwide.

Activity is quantified as NikeFuel, a somewhat ambiguous metric that allows fitness enthusiasts to compare their performance and daily routines across multiple disciplines. There’s still no Nike FuelBand app for Android though – the company has admitted that it’s not in development at the moment – which has only added to the popularity of other fitness wearables such as Fitbit, UP by Jawbone and Withings Pulse.

Nevertheless, 18 million is still a sizeable userbase for a firm that is a sportswear brand first, technology company second. Nike continues to develop and update the Nike+ platform – challenges were recently added to the Nike+ Running appfor iOS – but it’ll be interesting to see whether it releases a new FuelBand to combat the approaching wave of smartwatches.

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