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TypeDelaware Corporation
IndustryTechnology, Weight Management, Health Care
FounderJohn Stivoric (CTO)
Astro Teller
Chris Pacione
Chris Kasabach
Key people
Christine Robins (CEO)
John Stivoric (CTO)
Jay Katarincic (Chairman)
Number of employees

BodyMedia was a medical and consumer technology company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Incorporated in 1999, BodyMedia developed wearable body monitoring systems. In April 2013, BodyMedia was acquired by Jawbone for an estimated $100 million.[1]


Wearable device

BodyMedia staff published some of the first research on wearability of devices in 1998[2] and detecting activity context using accelerometers in 1999[3] at the 2nd and 3rd IEEE sponsored International Symposium on Wearable Computers. The BodyMedia informatics group made available a large anonymised human physiology data set for the 2004 International Conference on Machine Learning, running a Machine Learning Challenge.[4] They published about their very large data set and data modeling methodology at the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence conference in 2011 winning the IAAI Deployed Application award.[5]

Clinical history

Between 2001 and 2005, BodyMedia provided healthcare professionals with metabolic assessment and behavioral therapy products for the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and CVD. BodyMedia have been used in hundreds of clinical studies.[6] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies BodyMedia as a Class II Medical Device.

BodyMedia was demonstrated to be accurate in comparison to the doubly labeled water method for measuring energy expenditure per day.[7] The mean absolute-percent difference per-person per-day in Kcalories was less than 10%. It was also shown that the standard WHO GPAQ survey underestimates physical activity bouts of at least 10 minutes.[8] The clinical and research software and armband were marketed under the “SenseWear” brand and have since been used e.g. to estimate exposure to air pollution in combination with other sensors.[9]

Consumer products

BodyMedia sold a consumer software product for their armband hardware since 2001. A consumer web site using BodyMedia armbands was branded and run in the USA by “Dot Fit”. In the UK a consumer web site is branded and run by “Ki Performance”.

See also


  1. ^ "Jawbone Acquires BodyMedia For Over $100 Million To Give It An Edge In Wearable Health Tracking". TechCrunch. 30 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Design For Wearability" (PDF).
  3. ^ Farringdon, J.; Moore, A.J.; Tilbury, N.; Church, J.; Biemond, P.D. (1999). "Wearable sensor badge and sensor jacket for context awareness". Digest of Papers. Third International Symposium on Wearable Computers. pp. 107–113. doi:10.1109/ISWC.1999.806681. ISBN 0-7695-0428-0. S2CID 12251548.
  4. ^ "ICML competition and workshop on Physiological Data Modeling".
  5. ^ "Machine Learning and Sensor Fusion for Estimating Continuous Energy Expenditure".
  6. ^ "BodyMedia Bibliography List". BodyMedia. Archived from the original on 21 April 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2012.
  7. ^ Johannsen, DL; Calabro, MA; Stewart, J; Franke, W; Rood, JC; Welk, GJ (2010). "Accuracy of armband monitors for measuring daily energy expenditure in healthy adults". Med Sci Sports Exerc. 42 (11): 2134–40. doi:10.1249/MSS.0b013e3181e0b3ff. PMID 20386334.
  8. ^ Laeremans, M (2017). "Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in daily life: A comparative analysis of the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ) and the SenseWear armband". PLOS ONE. 12 (5): e0177765. Bibcode:2017PLoSO..1277765L. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0177765. PMC 5433749. PMID 28520781.
  9. ^ Dons, E (2017). "Wearable sensors for personal monitoring and estimation of inhaled traffic-related air pollution: evaluation of methods". Environmental Science and Technology. 51 (3): 1859–1867. Bibcode:2017EnST...51.1859D. doi:10.1021/acs.est.6b05782. hdl:10044/1/45509. PMID 28080048.