fitness trackers

Withings returns from the dead with Steel HR Sport watch

Any time a smaller company is gobbled up by a larger one, you assume the worst. In the case of Nokia buying Withings, that’s more or less what happened. First Nokia launched a handful of products un

With Charge 3, Fitbit blurs the smartwatch line

Fitbit’s ability to start righting the ship can largely be credited with its dive into the smartwatch category. Ionic was a bit of a mess, to be sure, but the Versa has proven a bona fide hit. But w

Fitbit beats revenue expectations slightly, but tracker sales are still down

Fitbit scored a small coup on earnings this week, ever so slightly beating revenue expectations for the quarter. The company pulled in $247.9 million, up over Wall Street’s expected $247.3 million.

Smart speakers to outsell wearables during U.S. holidays, as demand for wearables slows

Smart speakers will likely outsell wearable devices this holiday season. That’s the latest prediction from analysts at eMarketer, which forecasts a slowing growth rate for devices like fitness t

Wearables suck at tracking calories burned, study shows

New data out of Stanford is lending credence to common wisdom that fitness trackers suck at counting calories. Heart-rate monitoring, on the other hand, fared surprisingly well in the school’s Medic

Wearable companies are still moving a lot of products globally amid industry turmoil

The wearable industry actually posted some pretty solid numbers over the last quarter, according to a new study released this week by IDC. Carrying the headline “Wearables Aren’t Dead, They&#8

When music and technology collide

Some might say that technology is killing the music industry. But if you look around, there’s a beautiful marriage there -- the music industry is evolving every day, and artists are embracing techno

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 o

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 th

Fitbit finally gets design with the Alta sports tracker

For me, fitness trackers are all about motivation. I used to go for a run every single day, and then quit, and then went to yoga every single day, and then I did nothing every single day. Now, a littl

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 thei

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 ever

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

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 n

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?

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 fi

Misfit Ray Is A New, Slimmer Fitness Tracker That Looks More Like A Bracelet Than A Watch

With its first major product release since its acquisition by watchmaker Fossil Group in November, Misfit today debuted its latest entry in its line of fashion-forward fitness trackers with the launch

Jawbone Lays Off 60, 15% Of Staff Globally, Closes NY Office

Some difficult news this week for Jawbone, maker of fitness trackers, speakers and Bluetooth headsets. TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that the company yesterday laid off around 60 employees,

Chinese Supercloner Xiaomi Expected To Release A Fitness Tracker

Watch out, Fitbit. Xiaomi is firing up its photocopiers again. Xiaomi makes the best cheap gadgets available. The company started out cloning existing gadgets, but has since moved on to designing a

Fjuul Activity Tracker App Measures Exercise Intensity, Not Just Steps

Finnish startup Fjuul is tackling activity tracking with an iOS app aiming for mainstream users that can track the intensity of activity. It's been backed by €400,000 ($550,000) in funding thus far
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