UA Connected Fitness Brief: July 24, 2014

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How Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care

Mike Dittenber had always wanted to go skydiving. There was only one problem: “At my heaviest I clocked in around 330 pounds,” says Dittenber, a technical writer from Michigan. “That’s above the weight restriction for a tandem jump.” During a doctor’s visit last spring, he got some more bad news. …

Health Care

The Just-Right Running Shoe

Runners Race for a Middle Ground Between Earlier Design Trends

ENLARGE

The Goldilocks running shoe—not too big, not too small—is gaining ground.

For four decades, the shoes worn by the vast majority of recreational runners shared the same silhouette: a chunky, cushioned heel tapering to a low, narrow …

Fitness

Walgreens amps up health tracking rewards program with Fogg’s behavior change method

Fogg speaking at SXSW last year

Retail pharmacy company Walgreens is bolstering its rewards program by training some of its pharmacists and online …

Walgreens

Walgreens rolls out Balance Rewards program

Walgreens announced the new Balance Rewards for healthy choices initiatives, which is aimed at helping participants modify behavior risk factors …

Do Corporate Wellness Programs Really Boost Productivity?

The answer: It depends.

Like many a Fitbit owner, I spend excessive amounts of time tracking my steps on the Fitbit dashboard. One day, I wandered over to the corporate wellness section of the website, and saw an interesting statistic: Companies with worksite wellness programs experience an 8% …

Productivity

Nike’s Secret New York Vending Machine Trades Free Swag For FuelBand Points

Free Nike gear sitting in the middle of a public place? This will either go down in the books as a damned clever marketing move or a great way to cause a panic.

Early this morning, we started hearing whispers of a vending machine that had been plopped down somewhere in New York. But there’s a twist! …

Nike

Apple partnering with Swatch for iWatch - report

Apple is working with Swiss watchmaker Swatch on a line of “iWatch” smartwatches, according to reports.

Apple’s highly anticipated smartwatch entry will not be one iWatch, but a range of watches in a variety of branded styles and costs, people familiar with the deal told Venture Beat.

The majority of …

Swatch

Spire is the first wearable to track body, breath, and state of mind.

Reduce stress by 50%

Unobtrusively clipped to your belt or bra, Spire knows when you're stressed and helps you reduce tension with smart notifications …

Meditation

The Sync Smartband Is A Health And Location Tracking Device For Both Kids And Grown-Ups

Wearables for kids are coming. A company called ActvContent is today launching the Sync smartband, which was initially aimed at parents looking to keep track of their wandering children. Today, as the product goes live on Indiegogo, the company is broadening its focus to appeal to families and …

Kids

Can haute couture turn wearable tech from geek to chic?

Wearable technology may or may not be the next big digital thing. But at the very least, for a small segment of the early adopter segment, it’s …

Pebble Exec: Batteries Are Top Challenge for Wearables Right Now

With more than 45 million wearable devices such as fitness trackers and smartwatches projected to ship by 2017, tech manufacturers and major brands are already starting to brace themselves for the upcoming wave.

While the category is already heralded as a hot trend, adoption isn't quite there yet — …

Batteries

Xiaomi announces its first wearable device, a $13 fitness band

Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled today its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13).

The Mi Band features sensors for tracking various health metrics and can even act as an alarm clock.

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun took to the …

Wearable Tech

Internet of Sports: How Seattle Sounders Track Performance

The US soccer powerhouse uses wearable devices and data visualization to analyze the fitness levels of stars like Clint Dempsey.

Watching the 2014 …

Fitness social network PumpUp receives $2.4M seed round led by Cambridge-based General Catalyst - Boston Business Journal

David Harris Associate editor, Digital Boston Business Journal

Courtesy photo/PumpUp

FItness social network PumpUp, based in Canada, allows users to …

10 Apps That Will Help You Sleep Better

We've all heard it before — the general rule of thumb is that a good night's sleep consists of about seven to eight hours. But with late-night work, stress or Netflix binges, achieving the perfect amount of shut-eye can be difficult.

From guided meditations to nature sound playlists, there are a …

Meditation

FLIR ONE Starts Pre-Orders For Its iPhone Thermal Imaging Camera

If you ever wanted to experience how the Predator sees the world, now’s your chance, and all you’ll need is an iPhone and the FLIR ONE case. The FLIR ONE case packs a full thermal imaging camera that sees variances in temperature on the infrared spectrum, and works with either the iPhone 5 or …

iPhone