fitness trackers

  • Strava adds a real-time safety feature to its fitness tracking app

    Strava adds a real-time safety feature to its fitness tracking app

    The official promo for Strava’s new beacon feature shows a runner attempting to outpace a giant boulder — something I suspect isn’t too common an occurrence unless you’re Indiana Jones or Wile E. Coyote. Still, even if you’re not a fictional adventurer or anthropomorphic desert scavenger, accidents can happen when you’re out for a long run, bike ride or… Read More

  • Samsung’s Gear Fit2 brings welcome upgrades to the amped up fitness tracker

    Samsung’s Gear Fit2 brings welcome upgrades to the amped up fitness tracker

    The first Gear Fit wasn’t a bad product. It was just one that wanted to be something for everyone, disappointing most in the process. Of course, 2014 was a few lifetimes ago. Much has happened in the world of wearables. Samsung, for its part, has made some strides in the space, as well, as is illustrated fairly well by the company’s smartwatch evolution from the Gear 2 to S2. Two… Read More

  • Pebble revamps its health software and text responses

    Pebble revamps its health software and text responses

    The weather’s finally starting to look like spring here in New York City, and it’s time to really put those fitness trackers to good use. For those who rely on a Pebble watch to keep track of their paces, health monitoring gets a bit better today, with version 3.12 of the smartwatch maker’s firmware and app. The update marks the arrival of Mobile Health Snapshot, a hub… Read More

  • Adidas wants to put these Zone fitness trackers on every kid in PE class

    Adidas wants to put these Zone fitness trackers on every kid in PE class

    Everybody likes a good fitness tracker, but nobody is thinking about the children. The poor dears are being left out of the wearable revolution — looks like it’s up to Adidas to put a gadget on every wrist and a smile on every PE teacher’s face. Read More

  • Skyhook Wireless brings location services to wearables in a petite package

    Skyhook Wireless brings location services to wearables in a petite package

    Skyhook Wireless has been working on location technology for longer than many of the biggest names in smartphones have been around. Today it launched a new SDK aimed at bringing location to wearables in an extremely small code footprint. The challenge with wearables when it comes to location is that there isn’t a lot of real estate inside them and thus they tend to have underpowered… Read More

  • How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last Crunch Network

    How to train your human, part II: Products that make habits last

    In the first part of this series, we learned about designing products that use good triggers and motivators to get users like Joe to engage in healthy behaviors. Now, how can we ensure that these new behaviors become long-term habits? In this second part, we return to Nir Eyal’s Hooked model to look at reinforcing Joe’s behavior through rewards and an investment in your product. Read More

  • Connected Sports Gear Is Harder, Faster And Stronger Crunch Network

    Connected Sports Gear Is Harder, Faster And Stronger

    Would the world be different if Neil Armstrong had worn a Fitbit wristband when he set foot on the moon? What if Nixon had been equipped with a cardiac sensor during Watergate? Read More

  • Health And Fitness Data Is Useless Crunch Network

    Health And Fitness Data Is Useless

    Data is hot right now. We generate tons of it, but most of it sits there, latent, unused and useless. This is particularly pronounced when it comes to health and fitness data, where we strap on our fitness trackers and expect the pounds to melt away with each step passively logged. But we haven’t seen a dramatic improvement in our nation’s health with the emergence of the… Read More