activity trackers

  • Fitbit Remains The Worldwide Leader In Wearables, But Xiaomi Is Quickly Gaining

    Fitbit Remains The Worldwide Leader In Wearables, But Xiaomi Is Quickly Gaining

    Fitbit has long been the king of wearables and an IDC report released today says James Park and Co. still wear the crown. But Xiaomi is quickly gaining power. A lot of power. Fitbit managed to ship 21 million devices in 2015, up 93.2% over 2014’s amount of 10.9 million units. That said, even by shipping nearly twice as many units, Fitbit still lost marketshare. Over the same time period… Read More

  • Fitbit Plummets 16% In After-Hours Trading

    Fitbit Plummets 16% In After-Hours Trading

    Fitness gadget-maker Fitbit tumbled 16% in after-hours trading, with investors disappointed by the company’s guidance for the current quarter. Fitbit is forecasting $420 million to $440 million in revenue for the current quarter and adjusted earnings per share is expected to be between zero and two cents. Yet San Francisco-based Fitbit announced significantly better-than-expected… Read More

  • Fitbit Crushes Expectations In Q3, But A Follow-On Equity Offering Drags Its Shares Down

    Fitbit Crushes Expectations In Q3, But A Follow-On Equity Offering Drags Its Shares Down

    Following the bell, Fitbit announced its third-quarter financial performance, including revenue of $409.3 million, and earnings per share using normal accounting methods of $0.19. The company’s adjusted profit totaled $0.24 per share. The results are notably strong. Investors had expected the company to report a far-slimmer $0.10 adjusted per-share profit off of revenue of just $350.97. Read More

  • The Not-So-Secret Language Of The Misfit Shine

    The Not-So-Secret Language Of The Misfit Shine

    Here’s a random tidbit about the Misfit Shine, the activity tracking device from Misfit Wearables. I ran into CEO Sonny Vu about a week ago, and when he pulled a Misfit Shine out of his bag, he pointed out something that no one seems to have noticed. Or if they noticed it, they didn’t say anything about it online. Read More

  • Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

    Nike Says The FuelBand Isn’t Dead, New Color Options Coming

    Nike was said to be shutting down its FuelBand department on the heels of layoffs on Friday, signalling a significant exit of the wearable fitness device market by one of the more prominent companies involved in the space. That’s not quite true, however, according to information provided to Re/code by the company. Read More

  • The Risk And Rush Of Supporting A Crowdfunding Project

    The Risk And Rush Of Supporting A Crowdfunding Project

    Last week, a small crowdfunded project called the Healbe GoBe made news, as backers and journalists questioned the company’s claims that it could measure caloric intake using a wearable device. While the claims do sound wild at best, the company is sticking to its story — and Indiegogo is sticking by the project. Read More

  • Apple Patents A Smarter, More Accurate Wrist-Based Activity Tracker

    Apple Patents A Smarter, More Accurate Wrist-Based Activity Tracker

    Apple has applied for a patent for an improved wearable pedometer design, according to a new filing published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). The filing describes a way to vastly improve accuracy on wearable step counters, by determining where a user is wearing it and adjusting the way it analyzes movement as a result. The patent specifically details automatic detection of when… Read More

  • The Wearables Market Is Wear It’s At

    The Wearables Market Is Wear It’s At

    Basis Science may not have two turnables and a microphone, but the company may have a deep-pocketed new owner in Intel (should the deal go through). On the heels of its market merry-go-round and possible sale we thought it might be nice to take a quick look at some of the big winners, losers and in-betweeners in wearables. So far this year GoPro, which has a fancy portable (some would say… Read More

  • Ex-Apple Engineer Launches Moov, The Next Generation Of Wearable Fitness Tracking

    Ex-Apple Engineer Launches Moov, The Next Generation Of Wearable Fitness Tracking

    Welcome to the next generation of wearable fitness tracking! The first round of fitness trackers focused on introducing the idea of data to your daily activity and workout, but a new company called Moov wants to go beyond basic “step” data to tell you how to improve your form and get the most out of your workout. The band uses a combination of hardware (9-axis sensors) and… Read More

  • Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking

    Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking

    Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that could fit in with its apparent plans to get into health and fitness tracking in a big way: the document describes a headphone system that builds in sensors to detect heart rate, temperature, perspiration and other info to track a user’s movements and activity levels. The patent describes ways of integrating… Read More