Consumer

By Dave Muoio September 27, 2017
Garmin’s upcoming effort to woo younger customers will have the support of some big brands, as the company announced today that its vivofit jr. 2 wearable activity tracker will prominently feature Minnie Mouse, Captain America, and other Disney licensed characters. “Disney is committed to creating healthier generations, and we’ve worked with Garmin to make healthy living fun with a wearable...
By Dave Muoio September 26, 2017
Patients deciding the next step of their care may soon be doing so with the help of an AI on their phone. Today, Insightin Health — a Gaithersburg, Maryland-based company that develops a data-based clinical decision-making platform — announced that it has launched a consumer-facing version of its machine learning-based service, which presents all of a user's health data and future options via a...
By Jonah Comstock September 22, 2017
When we broke the news in July of the shutdown of Pact, a startup that aimed to motivate users to go to the gym with monetary carrots and sticks, we noted that the reasons for the company's demise weren't readily apparent. Now a new missive from the FTC (first spotted by Gizmodo) is shedding some additional — and, truth be told, not very flattering — light on that story. While users were promised...
By Dave Muoio September 20, 2017
Basic health information and advice provided by the Mayo Clinic is now available on Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. Owners who have downloaded the Mayo Clinic First Aid skill (Amazon’s version of apps) need only voice their concerns to receive answers to dozens of everyday health issues or other self-care instructions. “Mayo Clinic produces trusted, evidence-based health guidance to empower people...
By Dave Muoio September 18, 2017
Engineers participating in a hackathon last weekend demonstrated an artificial intelligence that they say could someday detect cancerous moles, TechCrunch reports. Although the program is currently in its infancy, the team hopes that enough user submissions could allow Doctor Hazel to predict skin cancer with at least 90 percent accuracy. After one day and thousands of image downloads, the AI is...
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2017
Researchers at Harvard Medical School have built a point-of-use food allergen detector that fits onto a keychain and can conducts tests in under ten minutes. The prototype device costs less than $40 to produce, and in restaurant settings could detect major antigens at sensitivities well below the regulatory limit. While the sensitivity and ease of the integrated exogenous antigen testing (iEAT)...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Among Apple’s many device and technology reveals today was an announcement that new health managing software would be built into Apple Watches. Starting Sept. 19, fitness-focused heart rate monitoring will be brought to the face of the watch, alongside warning notifications if an elevated heart rate is detected during a period of inactivity.  The consumer electronics giant will be using this...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2017
Consumer electronics maker Huawei has partnered with mCareWatch, an Australian aging in place technology company, to include additional health monitoring and alert capabilities with the Huawei Watch 2. The new software would extrapolate various health data from the fitness measurement tools of the 4G sim-enabled wearable and link these data to mCareWatch’s existing app platform, as well as to...
By Jonah Comstock September 11, 2017
One day before another big announcement day for Apple, CEO Tim Cook has given some expansive comments to Fortune about the company's aspirations and motivations in the health space. In comments that touched on everything from the Apple Watch to ResearchKit, the tech giant CEO talked about how Apple approaches health differently than a lot of other companies. "We’re extremely interested in this...
By Jonah Comstock September 7, 2017
Good news for anyone who thought Fitbit's move toward the smartwatch market would be a move away from health: The wearable maker has just announced a partnership with Dexcom that will bring data from the company's continuous glucose monitor directly to the display of Fitbit's upcoming Ionic smartwatch. Athough Fitbit's have been used in the management of chronic diseases in a number of hospital...