Jawbone Lays Off 15 Pct of Staff, Closes NY Office, in “Streamlining”

UP4 jawboneJawbone, the fitness tracer/speaker/headset company, has reportedly laid off 60 people — 15 percent of its staff — in a general “streamlining of its business. The cuts came across the entire company, Techcrunch reports, and were not aimed at any particular part of the company or product.

As part of the cutbacks, Jawbone closed its New York office, which was devoted to marketing.

Jawbone’s UP tracker was recently named one of Oprah’s “Favorite Things,” which is a nice publicity bump but does not come cheap; also, Oprah is not the marketing power she once was. The UP tracker is currently about the 7th-best-selling fitness band, and is outsold by Fitbit by about 8 to 1.


Top-Level Shakeup at Proteus Digital Health

Proteus Digital Health, the unicorn company that puts circuitry on pills to monitor drug compliance, has had a management shakeup, in what appears to be a push on the part of investors to drive revenues. A release on the company’s site says that Molly O’Neill has been named Chief Commercial Office and Jonathan Symonds is […]

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LG Kills the Urbane LTE, Citing Hardware Problem

LG today reportedly took the highly unusual step of canceling the launch of a product that was well into the preview window, citing unspecified hardware problems. The Urbane LTE was to have been the first untethered Android Wear watch, using a microSIM to connect to the Internet without the need for an intermediary smart phone. […]

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APX Labs Closes $13 Million Funding Round including NEA, GE, and Salesforce

APX Labs, creators of the Skylight middleware for industrial wearables, says it’s raised $13 million in its second institutional round, bringing its total funding to $29 million. This round was led by New Enterprise Associates, with participation from GE Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, CNF Investments, and SineWave Ventures. The company did not disclose the company’s valuation, or […]

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NFC Vaccine Tracking Wins UNICEF Wearables Award

We just wrote about one of the two UNICEF Wearables for Good challenge winners (well, we lifted it from our sister site Health Tech Insider). There was another winner — one that weds RFID with a cultural totem to help health-care workers know whether a kid has been vaccinated. In rural places, access to the […]

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Everysight Comes out of Stealth With Raptor Augmented Reality Bicycling Glasses


We got a buzz a little while ago about some very interesting bicycling glasses coming out of the Israeli defense industry. The other shoe has now dropped: Everysight has announced the Raptor glasses, a wearable heads-up augmented reality display. Everysight is spun out of the publicly owned Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest defense technology company and […]

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SoaPen Wins UNICEF’s Wearables for Good Challenge

UNICEF’s Wearables for Good challenge — hosted by UNICEF, Arm Holdings, and Frog — found its two winners among 2,000 registrants and 250 design submissions. The key goal of the challenge was to identify the best products that can help fight infant mortality. One of the two winners is SoaPen, a wearable and portable soap designed to […]

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Movado Announces Two Tracker Lines; One with MMT, One with HP

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The fashion watch company Movado has unveiled not one but two distinct lines of connected watches, one built with HP and the other with Fullpower’s MMT movement. MMT, long-time readers will recall, is a Swiss company created by Philippe Kahn’s Fullpower Technologies to provide electronic movements to the Swiss watch industry, enabling watchmakers to retain the “Swiss-made” label. […]

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Withings Intros Activitè Steel Tracker

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Withings, maker of the popular Activitè line of trackers, has announced the Activitè Steel, less expensive than the flagship watch but more expensive than its plastic Pop. Like the other Activitès, the Steel is an analog watch with two dials: a main dial that shows the time, and another that indicates your progress to your […]

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Weather Changes Transform Pricey Accessories


The Unseen, a London-based design studio, has developed an ink that changes color in reaction to, basically, weather conditions: air pressure, wind, heat, and light. It might not sound earthshaking, but the company partnered with the very upscale London Selfridges, voted best department store in the world in 2014. The result is limited editions of […]

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