Manufacturers en Fitbit Acquires Vector Watch, Properties from Pebble <div class="node-body article-body">Vector Watch’s entire software platform will now operate under the Fitbit umbrella, but already-existing products and most product features will not be affected. Fitbit’s Pebble acquisitions, on the other hand, are exclusively related to software and firmware.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:54:00 +0000 60561 at <p>No future Vector Watch&nbsp;products and updates are planned, according to a company statement, but existing&nbsp;warranties will be honored. (Photo courtesy Fitbit.)</p> MYZONE, Hexoskin Win Top Awards at Wearable Technology Show <div class="node-body article-body">MYZONE won in the Overall Wearable Winner Category, edging out Misfit, while Hexoskin earned the Crunchwear Editor’s Award, beating runner-up MIO Global.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:08:00 +0000 60221 at <p>Wearable Technology Show COO John Weir called MYZONE a &quot;very worthy&quot; winner of the Overall Wearable Award, as well as a &quot;true trailblazer&quot; in the sports performance market. (Photo courtesy MYZONE.)</p> Wearables Present New Privacy and Security Risks, Report Says <div class="node-body article-body">Researchers point out that wearables could have privacy risks because of a lack of "adequate safeguards" between personal health data and the hyper-targeted mobile marketing efforts of "point-of-care" media companies who, together with some pharmacy chains, “have expanded their use of digital marketing techniques to reach and engage customers and to tap into new sources of data.”</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 21 Dec 2016 12:01:00 +0000 60211 at <p>Except in rare cases, information generated from&nbsp;wearable devices falls outside the scope of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which was intended to protect the confidentiality of healthcare data. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Ojmar Wins Electronic Lock Patent Case Filed by Digilock <div class="node-body article-body">The recent decision by the Patent Trial and Appeals Board determined Digilock’s patent claim against Ojmar was invalid “based on the existence of prior related patents," one of which had been previously issued to Digilock's president.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:17:00 +0000 60041 at <p>Digilock originally filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Ojmar in November 2014, targeting the competitor&#39;s electronic locks. (Photo by Thinkstock.)</p> Octane Fitness Receives Eight Best Buy Awards <div class="node-body article-body">Two commercial products from Octane Fitness received Best Buy awards from Fitness Professor Review, as did six of the company's consumer products. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:53:00 +0000 59821 at <p>The redesigned Schwinn Airdyne Pro received&nbsp;the Best&nbsp;Crosstrainer&nbsp;under $1,500 award, based on &ldquo;category-leading features&rdquo; such as its 26-blade performance fan, durable and quiet single-stage belt drive and&nbsp;MultiGrip&nbsp;handlebars, according to Fitness Professor Review. (Photo courtesy Octane Fitness.)</p> Texas Tech Embraces Functional Fitness with Raider Escape Room <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Texas Tech University has partnered with Escape Fitness and Marathon Fitness to transform two dormant racquetball courts into a functional fitness training facility on its Lubbock campus&mdash;the first of its kind among Lone Star state universities.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Universities Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:15:00 +0000 59811 at <p>The 1,600-square-foot Raider Escape Room features functional training equipment from Escape Fitness and Marathon Fitness. (Photo courtesy Texas Tech University.)</p> Wexer Acquires ClubVirtual <div class="node-body article-body">Virtual fitness company Wexer has purchased ClubVirtual for an undisclosed price, noting that ClubVirtual will continue to produce content under the ClubVirtual name. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:19:00 +0000 59561 at <p>Wexer&nbsp;offers virtual fitness and has virtual installations in more than 40 countries.&nbsp;(Photo courtesy Wexer.)</p> Charge 2, Flex 2 Help Fitbit Grow to $504 Million in Q3 <div class="node-body article-body">New product rollouts and increased consumer demand contributed to the sale of 5.3 million Fitbit products and revenue of $503.8 million in the third quarter of 2016 for the company, according to financials released by Fitbit on Friday.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 09 Nov 2016 14:25:00 +0000 59241 at <p>Although Fitbit&#39;s operating expenses are outpacing its projected growth, the company saw a 24 percent increase in third quarter earnings to $503.8 million. (Photo courtesy Fitbit.)</p> Motionsoft Gets $6 Million Series C Investment, Looks to Growth <div class="node-body article-body">Motionsoft's top two executives share the plans they have for the company's growth after securing a new round of funding last month. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Manufacturers Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:09:00 +0000 59131 at <p>Motionsoft&nbsp;CEO&nbsp;John Cramp, who brings payment expertise to the company, said he looks forward to working with Motionsoft co-founder Al Noshirvani to market the company&#39;s full service and accounts receivable offerings launched this year as well as looking at product development related to integrating health clubs with the health care industry. (Photo courtesy Motionsoft.)</p> 10 Trends That Will Define Fitness in 2017 <div class="node-body gallery-body">The American College of Sports Medicine identified the 10 trends that will define the fitness industry during the coming year. Club Industry has compiled the results in this clickable gallery.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> For-profits Studies Manufacturers Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:21:00 +0000 58961 at <p>The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) released its annual fitness trend forecast last week, and the results may or may not surprise you. Nearly 2,000 industry professionals contributed to the forecast, which was facilitated by Walter R. Thompson, associate dean of the College of Education &amp; Human Development at Georgia State University in Atlanta.</p> <p>Are your club&rsquo;s offerings current for 2017? Click through this photo gallery to find out.</p>