A new rumor claims that Apple will add capabilities to the Apple Watch, and sell upgrades without the need to buy an entirely new watch, in the form of "smart bands" that could launch as early as 2016.Citing unnamed sources, Czech website Letem Svetem Applem reported on Friday that Apple is planning to announce new bands that will connect to the hidden data port on the Apple Watch and add new functionality to the wrist-worn device. Specifically, it was said that bands will add blood oxygen, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature sensors.
It was said that these sensors must be in the band anyhow and cannot be a part of the watch to give accurate readings. For example, a body temperature sensor would be affected by heat from the components inside the watch, and must be placed on the opposite end of the wrist.
The sources allegedly said that Apple is planning to launch its first sensor bands for the Apple Watch in early 2016. The company is said to be working on multiple smart bands that will be available in a variety of styles and configurations.
Apple is said to be cognizant of the fact that many consumers could be unlikely to purchase new watches every year. Smart band upgrades are allegedly the company's plan to continue hardware sales for legacy watches.
All current Apple Watch models include a "hidden" data port within one of the strap attachment grooves. It is a six-pin connector capable of transferring data and power to the device, but it is covered and not currently intended for use by end users.
Because the diagnostics port is covered, a large question would be how Apple might allow users to access the port to work with smart bands. If the rumor is in fact accurate, it's possible that users might need to visit an Apple Store in order to have their smart band "installed" on their Apple Watch.
The Apple Watch was introduced in September of 2014, but didn't hit the market until April of this year. If the company sticks to its usual annual release cycle for products, it's likely that a major Apple Watch announcement won't come until next spring.
In the interim, the company is working on watchOS 2, a forthcoming software update that will enable native third-party apps on the Apple Watch. The update is scheduled to arrive this fall, and is currently available to developers in a beta form.
There were also rumors earlier this year that suggested Apple was working on different casing materials for the current Apple Watch design. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities suggested in March that Apple was planning to launch the new casings this fall, expanding the lineup beyond aluminum, stainless steel, and 18-karat gold.
Other materials that Apple could introduce include white gold, titanium, or even ceramic. Less common materials in the existing watch industry include carbon fiber, rubber, or custom creations from fine watchmakers like Rolex's "Rolesor" and Hublot's "Magic Gold."
Plenty of money to go around 200 billion plus to be made off of wearable.Then you have the platform and companies getting involved with Fitbit.
A smart dog collar that will allow pet owners to track and measure their pet's health is being crowdfunded on Kickstarter - and if it raises enough money, it could become the FitBit for dogs.
The Buddy dog collar is being produced by Squeaker, a pet products company from Melbourne, Australia.
If it makes it through crowdfunding, it will allow pet owners to track their dog's health and location, as well as keeping the pet visible at night.
At the time of writing, the Buddy has raised AUD$114,585 (£53,900) of the AUD$385,000 (£181,200) goa
Using GPS and Bluetooth, the Buddy will allow owners to keep track of their dog's activity using an Apple Watch-style monitoring chart.
Almost half of the dogs in the UK are obese, so hopefully the Buddy will allow owners to keep an eye on their dog's health more effectively.
And even if you've got a perfectly healthy pooch, losing a dog in the park could be a thing of the past - the GPS built into the collar allows owners to see their dog's location on a map, via the mobile phone app.
The app also allows dog owners to create 'geofences' - by simply drawing an outline on a map, users can create a boundary that they want their dog to stay inIf the dog moves out of this zone, the owners will get an instant notification on their phone, and the Buddy's bright LED lightswill activate a high-visibility pattern - potentially keeping your dog safe if it strays near roads.
Squeaker already sells a range of high-visibility dog accessories, such as light-up leads and more basic glowing colours.
But the Buddy collar is much more versatile, and allows owners to choose what light pattern they want to appear on their dog's collar - favourites include the flashing red and blue 'K9 Patrol' pattern, or the retro 'Kitt', which lights up in a similar way to the talking car in hit '80s David Hasselhoff show Knight Rider.Aside from these fun features, the lights' main purpose is to keep the dog safe - either by making it more visible to drivers, or by making it easier to spot if it gets lost at night.
And in a very futuristic feature, the collar can also link up with other 'smart' products in your home.
Is your dog too hot? The collar can measure its temperature, and adjust your smart thermostat to keep it cool. If your dog runs out the back door and your phone's in the next room, you can link the collar to smart lightbulbs that can notify you instantly.Squeaker are also opening up the collar to the developer community, so there's sure to be many other unusual and useful features released if the product meets its crowdfunding target and officially launches in August 2016.
For an early bird Kickstarter price, you can get a Buddy collar with all the features for $180 (£115), a price which rises to $300 (£191) when the early birds run out.
It's a lot more expensive that your standard pet shop nylon collar, but it looks like gadget-owning dog lovers will by dying to get their hands on it. If an Apple Watch is good enough for you, why not get the equivalent for your dog?
Scott Walker is counting steps on his FitBit. Jeb Bush swears by the Paleo diet. Bobby Jindal is a "gym rat."
With long travel days and a fresh slab of cherry pie never far away, the campaign trail is notoriously unhealthy. But many 2016 presidential candidates are striving to make smart lifestyle choices as they tour the small town diners and pizza places of the early voting states.
"I try to do at least 10,000 steps a day," said Walker, the Wisconsin governor.
He said he got the step-counting wristband for Christmas and competes with his family and staff to see who moves the most in a day. He added, "The FitBit's got me obsessed."
Walker isn't the only candidate trying to get exercise on the road. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio does an early morning workout in hotel gyms. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also wears a FitBit and likes to take phone calls while walking. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum does at least 50 pushups a day and former executive Carly Fiorina works out on the elliptical most mornings, aides said.Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who had back surgery in 2011, said late last year that he has a workout routine that focuses on core strength. Asked about his back, he said: "It's good. I quit running and I quit wearing cowboy boots ... I do a lot of pull-ups, pushups, planks, crunches, and I ride a stationary bike."
Diet is important to many 2016 hopefuls, too. Bush has slimmed down using the Paleo diet, heavy on lean meats and vegetables and low on carbohydrates and dairy.
The former Florida governor has been known to toss the roll off his plate to stick to the rules. He cheats from time to time, though. In the spring he was caught on camera digging into blueberry pie in New Hampshire.
These efforts help with health and stamina. But the candidates also want to look good on camera and along the rope line in a selfie-ready world. President Barack Obama showed a disciplined approach to health and fitness during his campaigns, rising for pre-dawn workouts. First lady Michelle Obama is also a fitness devotee whose "Let's Move" campaign strives to reduce childhood obesity.
Hillary Rodham Clinton tries to avoid pizza, work out regularly and do yoga from time to time, said spokesman Nick Merrill. And former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said working out regularly and opting for vegetables over fast food helps with the stresses of the trail.
"You can't get sick when you're in this sort of job," O'Malley said. "So like an athlete, your body becomes your tool."
Politicians who struggle with weight must do so in public. Two years ago, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had surgery on his stomach to make it smaller. He hasn't revealed how much weight he's shed, but he has slimmed down considerably and gets complimented frequently by potential voters.While the surgery means Christie's diet is selective, he has taken time to indulge on the trail. At an Italian-American Heritage Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, Christie partook in a bacon-wrapped date, but passed other food he was offered to an aide.
"Oh no, no," he reportedly said before indulging, according to The New York Times. "Iowa wraps everything in bacon!"
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has been more vocal about his health. Huckabee dropped 100 pounds through diet and exercise about 12 years ago and documented his success in his book "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork." In the past few years his weight has crept back up; he says he's lost some again, though he is not as light as when he was running marathons.
"I've eliminated sugar, fried foods, junk foods," Huckabee said. Still, he said there are always temptations when campaigning and it is tough to eat a salad on the run: "The other day we were at Pizza Ranch, so I had a couple slices of pepperoni. We looked at each other and said, 'We can't do this but once in a while.'"
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, one of two doctors in the race, offers this campaign grub philosophy: "If you have to eat fast food on the trail, skip the fries. If you have time for a sit-down dinner, eat only half the meal."Still, some have a slightly less puritanical approach to eating on the road. The long and lean Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says he loves the gym, but he also loves nachos.
"I've got an approach that is good enough that it will offend everybody because, a lot of people exercise a lot and say their bodies are temples and they eat really healthy," Jindal said. "I've got the opposite mentality."
He says he gets to work out almost every day and after he does that, "I should be able to eat what I want."
GOP hopefuls have had that chance at the Iowa State Fair, where pork chops on a stick, deep fried butter and corn dogs are favorite treats. Also available this year: deep-fried nacho balls, apple pie on a stick and the "ultimate bacon brisket bomb."
Not when he owns majority of the company.You are talking nonsense here.Icahn tried with Dell and Michael said #$%$ and he took his company private
Park will not sell Fitbit.No more talk about selling Fitbit
"We think virtually every company will incorporate fitness trackers into their corporate wellness programs," Fitbit CFO Bill Zerella said Tuesday.
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Businesses are using wellness programs to increase employee productivity, decrease the number of sick days workers take and potentially reduce health care costs, Zerella said during a session at the Pacific Crest Global Technology Leadership Forum.
In fact, Fitbit's device growth among businesses rivals consumer use, he said, adding that companies of all sizes use Fitbit wearables.
Some customers include IBM, Quicken Loans and insurance provider Geico, Fitbit CEO James Park said last week in the company's second quarter earnings report.
Fitbit sold 4.5 million devices during the quarter, although the company didn't say how many were bought by businesses.Since this was Fitbit's first earnings report since going public in June, it's impossible to make a comparison with device sales from the year-ago quarter. However, in a filing with U.S. government regulators, Fitbit said it sold 3.9 million devices in the first three months of this year.
Businesses don't require specialized trackers so Fitbit's existing product lineup suits enterprises, Zerella said during the conference, which was webcast. Fitbit wearables cost between $60 to $250 and offer basic functions like step counting, as well as more advanced features like GPS tracking.
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Corporate customers, though, have different software needs than consumers, so Fitbit offers an enterprise software platform on a subscription basis, Zerella said. Consumers already have access to a Web portal and mobile app that contain their data and can purchase a premium software package for $50 a year.
Zerella didn't explain the differences between the enterprise and consumer software products, and the company didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.For enterprise users, Fitbit handles all logistics like shipping trackers to employees and emailing them log-in information to access the Web portal where their data is stored. "It's not just cutting a deal to sell trackers at a discount to companies," he said.
For now, overall device sales exceed the revenue brought in by enterprise software subscriptions, Zerella said. However, he didn't rule out that over the long term, revenue from software could become more prominent compared to device sales.
Fitbit has what Zerella called the largest database of biometric data in the world, but the company won't sell that information to outside companies.
That doesn't mean Fitbit won't try to monetize that data in some capacity. In addition to using the data for improving products and algorithms, Fitbit will analyze it to learn customer behavior and recommend other wearables based on those patterns, Zerella said.
"There's a lot of data we have that allows us to potentially discern what products they might be interested in," especially around upgrading to other Fitbit models, he said.
Judging by Zerella's remarks, Fitbit is just getting started trying to figure out how to find value in user data.
"There's a lot of ways to use the data and frankly it's not an area that we're leveraging much today," he said.
Investors looking to make their way into the wearables space should buy Fitbit's stock as the company is outpacing its competition, Bob Peck, Internet equity analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, said Monday.
"These are the leaders by far with an 80 percent market share in the U.S. and a global leader with north of 35 percent share, too, so there's a lot of opportunity to run," Peck said in a CNBC "Squawk on the Street" interview.
Peck made his remarks after SunTrust initiated coverage of the wearbles company's stock with a "buy" rating, citing strong financials and an attractive valuation.
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Nevertheless, Peck's company was not the only one to jump on the Fitbit bandwagon Monday. Piper Jaffray and Stifel Nicolaus, among others, also initiated coverage of the stock with "overweight" and "buy" ratings, respectively.Being the leaders within its market also means investors could get the most out of the $30 billion market that is the wearables space, Peck added.
Peck also said Fitbit is the leader within the wearables market because of its long-lasting battery and because of its compatibility with multiple operating systems, among other factors.
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"I have an Apple Watch, and I have to take it off each night to charge it, and I actually use my Fitbit to monitor my health overnight," he said.
Fitbit shares traded up about 5 percent in afternoon trade.
Disclosure: FIT is an investment banking client of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey.
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Newly public Fitbit Inc. might be planning on launching new products for the holiday shopping season. But if it is, it’s not telling investors about it.
The San Francisco-based company reported earnings and revenue that soared past expectations Wednesday and hosted its first conference call with Wall Street. As Fitbit’s FIT, -13.63% call progressed, its shares fell in after-hours trading, as investors learned that one of the wearable-tech competitors to Apple Inc. AAPL, +0.22% is also taking the tech giant’s approach to new products: Mum is the word until launch.
“We won’t release a product before it is ready,” Fitbit co-founder and Chief Executive James Park said after one of several questions about the company’s new product plans.
In the second quarter, Fitbit said new products made up 78% of its second-quarter revenue and that average selling prices rose to $88 from $63 in the year-ago quarter. Its shares were down nearly 15% in after-hours to about $40 after climbing to more than $50 since it went public in mid-June at $20 a share.The company projected a slight sequential drop in third-quarter revenue, with a forecast of revenue ranging from $335 million to $365 million after second-quarter revenue hit $400 million. Fitbit also gave guidance for the rest of the year that did not include revenue from new products, saying its 2015 forecast of revenue of $1.6 billion to $1.7 billion is based on its current line-up. That forecast is still better than the FactSet consensus for 2015 revenue of $1.4 billion, but it may have not been enough for investors.
Investors may also be worrying about the fact that Fitbit is now seeing faster growth outside the U.S.; 78% of revenue in the quarter came from the U.S., but foreign sales grew at a faster pace. In addition, spending is a concern: Fitbit plans to keep hiring aggressively, continue to spend heavily on research and development of new products and increase its advertising spend.
This is the Stock Market anything goes Market is not a sure thing.You will be fine just have to be patient most want it over night :)
and the iPhone is better? A very low quality phone in which Apple sucked in a lot of people.Dumb people.
Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE:FIT), the leader in the connected health and fitness market, today announced that it will release its financial results for the second quarter of 2015, ended June 30, 2015, after the market closes on August 5, 2015.
Simple advise If you like what the company is doing of and where they could possibly be headed than stick with them.I did this with Nokia while many analysts were saying not to touch the company then Microsoft bought the phone division and I was quite happy :) GL
Megan K., 38, a kindergarten teacher in Philadelphia, PA, had tried to lose weight before, but nothing seemed to work. “I’ve struggled with my weight on and off throughout my life,” says Megan. “And I had always been interested in fitness, but I was never able to stick with it.” So when Megan learned about Fitbit trackers from a friend last spring, her husband took note. “He bought me a Fitbit One for my birthday,” says Megan, “and it was love at first sight.”
“I was instantly motivated by having a step goal,” she says. “Once I saw I could regularly hit 10,000 steps, I was unstoppable.” Megan spent the summer working out in the mornings, going for a walk or to the gym, and reaching her step goal by daybreak. And soon tracking steps became a family activity—Megan’s son began joining her on daily walks. “It’s really important to me to be a good example to my son,” she says.
When she returned to school in the fall, Megan was 40 pounds lighter and her co-workers were impressed. “A lot of people were asking how I did it,” she says. Megan was more than happy to share her secret. She managed to convince the school’s human resources department to purchase 10 Fitbit trackers for employees to “check out,” and use to compete against each other in monthly challenges. The other teachers love the program. “There are always 10 people using the ones from the school, and at the end of the check-out period a lot of them end up buying their own Fitbit trackers!” says Megan.
Today, Megan and several of her co-workers spend their free periods and lunches walking together, and the group of 10 has grown to over 30 teachers. “It really changed the culture of our work environment—even the students notice it,” says Megan. “We push each other to be more active, and I’ve increased my goal to 15,000 steps a day now,” she adds.
Adding more steps to her daily routine was a good start, but Megan knew if she really wanted to improve her health she wouldn’t get there with a fitness-only approach. She also made an effort to make better food choices. “Being active and eating well go hand in hand,” she says. “Once you start doing one, the other catches up.”Her one-step-at-a-time approach is ultimately what helped Megan lose all of her extra weight. “It can be overwhelming to try to do 10,000 steps all at once,” she says. “But it’s really surprising how quickly it can all add up.” And after losing 100 pounds, it has certainly has added up!
Megan’s initial goal to simply walk 10,000 steps a day has also lead her to try new workouts and activities. These days Megan can be found running, swimming, and biking, too. “My Fitbit has changed my life,” she says, “I’m more active than I’ve ever been, and my Fitbit One has made it so easy for me to get here.”
Megan’s advice for others:
Rack Up the Steps All Day
“Trying to do 10,000 steps at once didn’t always fit into my schedule, and seemed hard to do,” says Megan. “But going on a little walk in the morning, and another after lunch helped my steps add up.”
Set Goals that Work for YOU
“I know some of my coworkers are hitting 30,000 steps on a regular basis, and it’s tempting to compete with that—I really hate losing,” Megan says. “So sometimes I have to remind myself that’s a lot of steps, and that number isn’t always realistic for me on a daily basis. 15,000 is what works for me, and that’s still super active.”
Believe It’s Possible!
“Even if you’re someone who struggles with fitness, or if being active doesn’t come naturally to you, you can do it—and it can all be done with walking,” says Megan. “You don’t have to go out and kill yourself every day, just set a goal with Fitbit and ease into it.”