Rash of complaints ends McDonald’s short-lived fitness tracker Happy Meal promotion 

McDonald’s was trying to get a few steps ahead of the criticism that Happy Meals run completely counter to health and fitness by offering fitness trackers in their kid-focused food. Instead, they got a rash of complaints that led the fast food giant to immediately stop the campaign and issue an apology.Turns out the brightly-colored[…]

Apple (AAPL) filed a patent application for a new kind of heart-monitoring wearable 

Apple may be diving deeper into the health-care industry.The company filed a patent application for a wearable device that can measure electrocardiographic (ECG) signals through a series of sensors, according to a filing published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today (Aug.11). The application leaves the form of the device open ended—it could[…]

Exclusive: Gear S3 has great features to support an active lifestyle

We have already reported exclusively that the Gear S3 is going to be round like its predecessor and that it’s going to be unveiled at IFA 2016 in September. We can now confirm some of the new functionality that the smartwatch is going to offer. It features an altimeter, a barometer, a speedometer as well as an[…]

Report: Global market for connected wearables, health devices expected to reach $612B by 2024 

The demand for wearable medical devices and remote patient monitoring systems is increasing, and the global market is expected to reach $612 billion in the next eight years, according to a new report from San Francisco-based Grand View Research.The report outlined a number of reasons for growth in the market, which was valued at over[…]

Philips Starts Marketing Wearable Device Targeting Personal Health

The wearables market is growing but it’s also broadening.With nearly 20% of U.S. consumers owning a fitness tracker, there’s a major move to branch into a new area.There’s fitness and then there’s health, and that’s where a division of Philips sees an opportunity.A new line of connected and wearable health devices is being launched worldwide[…]

Safety recall could spell the end for the Basis Band 

Intel subsidiary Basis is recalling its Peak fitness tracking watch. The company halted production of the device at the end of June due to an overheating issue that affected just 0.2 percent of the watches on the market, but had hoped to fix the issue with a software update. Now, developers are throwing in the[…]

Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon Wear 1100 processor for wearables 

While it makes plenty of processors for mobile phones, Qualcomm isn’t putting all its chips in one basket — the company’s latest Snapdragon Wear 1100, revealed here at Computex in Taipei, is meant for wearables, but unlike the earlier Wear 2100 announced earlier this year in February, the Wear 1100 has a more focused outlook.Instead[…]

Wearables Shipments Will Grow Nearly 30% This Year: IDC

Worldwide shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 101.9 million units by the end of 2016, representing 29 percent growth over 2015, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).The IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker sees the market for wearable devices experiencing a compound annual growth rate of 20.3 percent, culminating in 213.6 million[…]

New Fitbit bands may soon double up as mobile wallets 

Fitbit users could soon make payments with a flick of the wrist, as the maker of the simple yet hugely popular fitness bands races to pack in more features in its products.Fitbit Inc said on Wednesday it bought wearable payment technology assets from Silicon Valley startup Coin, which makes devices that use near-field communication (NFC).Fitbit,[…]