U.S. Consumer Wearables Usage Drops 21% To 14% Since Last Year

There could be trouble in wearables land.Plenty of wearables are being made and shipped into the market and plenty of consumers have bought them.Trouble is, the number of consumers who use one has declined from 21% last year to 14% this year, according to a new study by Forrester Research.More consumers report that they have[…]

Report finds health, fitness apps lag in privacy polices compared to other apps 

Health and fitness apps may potentially reveal data-enabled insights into the daily lives of those who use them, but what they sometimes fail to reveal are the ways they use the data collected on users.A recent study from the Future of Privacy Forum, a Washington, DC-based think tank that works to advance responsible data practices,[…]

Fossil planning “unprecedented” launch of connected wearables for late 2016 

In an effort to turn around the consistent declining revenue and sales, watchmaker Fossil Group is shifting its focus to smartwatches and trackers, effectively trying to rebrand itself as the leader in the industry by embarking on what executives called an “unprecedented launch.”During a second quarter earnings call with investors and analysts, Fossil CEO Kosta[…]

Automaker Audi AG developing a system to sync wearables, car to create “automotive health” technology 

German automaker Audi AG is now developing “automotive health,” which is dedicated to enhancing someone’s health and fitness while they drive a car. As a founding partner in Berlin’s Flying Health Incubator, which supports startups that develop digital innovations in the healthcare sector, Audi is working to develop Audi Fit Driver, a system that would[…]

Garmin’s focus on fitness wearables pays off in second quarter 

Garmin’s fitness wearable business is heating up, accounting for 26 percent of the company’s overall growth thanks to the launch of several new wearables and increasing downloads on the company’s Connect IQ app store.Garmin’s fitness segment grew 34 percent, with revenue for 2016’s second quarter at $213 million, compared with $159 million in Q2 2015.[…]

Philips launches health watch, connected scale, blood pressure monitor and Bluetooth thermometer

Philips Healthcare announced the global availability of a suite of “clinically-validated” health monitoring devices, including a health watch, connected scale, blood pressure monitor and thermometer. The devices connect to a companion app designed for people who are at-risk of developing chronic conditions with an eye on helping them make healthier decisions.Developed with doctors and psychologists[…]

Olympians turn to wearables, virtual reality and other digital health tools for an edge in Rio

The Olympics aren’t just for athletes. It’s also an opportunity for sports tech companies – including makers of vitals-monitoring wearables, fitness and training apps, and other digital tools – to show off their technology on an international stage. In Rio, athletes are looking for every edge to compete, and that includes the latest gadgets.Samsung offered[…]

Wearables could compromise corporate data

As smartwatches and other wearables gain popularity, experts are warning of potential data security risks in workplaces.Some employees have begun connecting their personal smartwatches with corporate Wi-Fi networks, which could mimic the problems caused when personal smartphones started showing up at work several years ago. That earlier bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend fostered an explosion of software[…]

Exclusive: Google is building two Android Wear smartwatches with Google Assistant integration

Speaking to Android Police, a reliable source has told us that Google is currently building two Android Wear devices – possibly Nexus-branded – for release some time after the latest Nexus phones are announced. One watch will be larger, sportier, and more fully-featured (LTE, GPS, heart rate), the other will be smaller and lack the[…]

What to wear to work? Soon, a tiny computer 

The wearable technology startups that get attention make products a Silicon Valley executive or journalist might use — fitness trackers, virtual-reality gaming headsets, jewelry that delivers text-message alerts. It’s lifestyle stuff. But wearable development in the near future depends on more workaday equipment.Call them work-wearables: computers worn on the body that help get the job[…]